Our Story

We have divided our journey into three sections. The Events section is for activities that have already happened to introduce the school and build the community. The Planning section shows school blueprints, and how the team has been involved in the planning process. The Construction section shows the progress of building the school.

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Groundbreaking: District Leadership and Principal Bilanko officially broke ground for Redmond Ridge East on June 7th

August 2017

Future RREE staff touring the site in August 2017

September 2017

Steel Construction Began in September 2017

Asphalt was poured on 9595 Eastridge Dr. N.E.

Aerial photo of the work site

October 2017

Steel structures are well underway to create the form of the school.

Structure of the main hallway.

November 2017

As of November, construction is on schedule!

Steel beams close to finished.

November aerial photo

December 2017

Topping Out Ceremony: The last steel beam shows each group that was involved with the school project.

Topping Out Ceremony: Principal Kim Bilanko signing her name on the final beam.

Topping Out Ceremony: The final beam is set in place.

Topping Out Ceremony

Just in time for the snow, the roof is finished and siding is going up.

January 2018

January aerial footage

Front of the school

Upper Pods will have an outdoor porch

Future Pod/Classroom Area

Window in the upstairs Library

February 2018

Courtyard space between pods

Inside of the gym

Entryway from playground

Front of School

March 2018

Construction is moving along nicely in March! Sheetrock is being installed, and the interior painting has started.

April 2018

Aerial shot of construction progress

Administration Offices

Building Exterior

Library Teaching Area

May 2018

Mrs. Bilanko in front of Ella Baker Elementary.

Floor and cubby area in one of the classrooms.

The hoops have been installed in the gym!

The elevator has been put in as well.

Building progress from the front.

Pod spaces are coming along.

Back entrance to school.

June 2018

Ella Baker Elementary from the air

Exit stairwells from the upper floor

Main stairway inside

July 2018

Main entrance

Beautiful windows and ceiling design in the library

Playground and covered area

Commons and stage area

Office entryway

Lighting and cubbies going in all classrooms

September 2018

Dr. Stavem Visits Ella Baker

Dr. Jane Stavem, LWSD's Superintendent, visited Ella Baker on the first day of school to kick off the festivities.

Ella Baker Inagural Staff

The staff pose for a special inaugural year photo.

Staff cheering on the first day

Huddling up before the first bell, the staff cheers on the start of school.

Mrs. Bilanko Entering Ella Baker

Mrs. Bilanko led the students through a tunnel of high-fives on the first day of school.


First Informational Night

Information Night

The first Information Night was hosted in December at Evergreen Middle School. Principal Bilanko introduced herself, and shared the vision and mission for the school.

Meeting Students

Mrs. Bilanko met with students at each elementary to introduce herself and get their help in naming the school.

Kindergarten Information Night

Mrs. Bilanko and teachers welcomed new families with a Kindergarten Information Night

PTSA Meeting

PTSA Meeting

Interested participants met to discuss the process of creating a PTSA at Ella Baker, including brainstorming the dreams for our future PTSA.

Staff Community Service

Staff helped sort and box food to feed families in need at Hopelink.

Staff Site Visit

On May 1st, the staff visited the work site, walking through their future homes for the first time!


School Blueprints

Pictures below show how the school was imagined before construction began.

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Digital rendering of the property.

Digital drawing of the front of the school.

Digital drawing of the back of the school.

Virtual Planning

Principal Bilanko taking a virtual tour through the site

Using virtual technology, the planning team can see what the building will look like


Watch the videos below to see even more about each step along our journey

Topping Out Ceremony