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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Completion of Prop R Construction at Tillman Elementary School in Kirkwood School District

On Saturday, Feb. 2, students, families, staff and community members joined together to celebrate the completion of construction at Tillman Elementary School with an official ribbon cutting. 


Thanks to the support of the community for Prop R, Tillman students now have eight additional classrooms used by second, third and fifth grade classes. Construction also included a new gym, which will eliminate the need for the “Tillman Shuffle” in which the gym and cafeteria spaces are shared. Construction also included a new library/media center, which was named in memory of long-time teacher Dan Mueller and the conversion of the former library into new counseling offices, which are named in memory of former Tillman counselor Andrew Johson. Thanks to the additional classrooms, Tillman now has innovative spaces focused on STEM learning and there are now better locations to offer services that were being offered in smaller and less ideal spaces, including special education and REACH. 


“When the voters approved Prop R in 2021, we knew we would be able to accomplish great things for our kids and community,” said Dr. David Ulrich, Superintendent. “But, it’s a whole other feeling to see it go from concept to construction to actual spaces utilized by our students.”


The celebration included performances from Tillman students in Vocal Edge and Pepper Steppers. After the ceremony, visitors were able to tour the school and see the new spaces for themselves. 


Prop R was approved by voters in April 2021. Funds generated from Prop R are providing additional classrooms, security upgrades and accessibility improvements at all schools in the Kirkwood School District to address overcrowding.




Photo Caption: On Saturday, Feb. 5,  Kirkwood School District Board of Education members joined staff and students at Tillman Elementary in officially cutting the ribbon on their new and expanded spaces, which were made possible thanks to the community’s support for Prop R.