Enrollment is up a bit at South Rock Creek School, where 415 students are returning today to kick off the 2017-18 school year.

Enrollment is up a bit at South Rock Creek School, where 415 students are returning today to kick off the 2017-18 school year.

Superintendent Mike Crawford said the school has a fresh look with summer projects that have included new carpeting, painting and new motivational quotes in the halls.

Over the summer, a lot of work also was done on the softball field by the PTA Community Club, he said, including in-field dirt work and movement of a fence.

And once all the parts arrive, students will be enjoying some new playground equipment this school year, he said.

A big project for the district will be ongoing this school year as construction begins soon on four new classrooms to house third and fourth grade students. The classrooms, which will double as a safe room, are possible thanks to the passage of a $870,000 bond issue. In April, 2016, that bond passed by 78.20 percent.

“It shows how much faith our patrons have,” Crawford said after the election.

Plans call for the safe room classrooms to attach to the current building where the music room is located.

“The rooms will be large enough to hold a total of approximately 500 people, large enough to hold the student body and faculty,” he said.