Tiger Paw Expansion

  • It’s now not uncommon to see Tiger Paw students walking through District Office hallways. Operation Renovate & Innovate will impact every student in the District, starting with the earliest learners at Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center. 

    In July, the District purchased a commercial property at 1600 W. Jackson St., known as the Fasco building, which will serve as an extension of the main Ozark High School campus and a new location of District Office. Moving District Office will give Tiger Paw the space to grow. 

    “When District Office moves to the innovation center, that allows us to double in size,” Tiger Paw Director Laura Eakins said. “Currently, we’re having to double up some classrooms. We’re running out of space. To meet the needs of our community, we’ve got to open up some more classrooms for students. It’s an opportunity to really grow and expand on those early learners.”

    Part of that expansion started the 2019-20 school year, as one preschool class as well as the physical therapy and occupational therapy room moved into the north end of the current District Office. Plus, Tiger Paw added an additional preschool class, allowing the District to serve 20 more kids this school year. 

    “I think our community is really wanting a place for their children. Our waiting lists are overflowing,” said Elizabeth Dawson, Tiger Paw assistant director. “We have people calling everyday to try to get a spot in early childhood, and we don’t have it at this point. So to be able to grow is exciting.”

    Tiger Paw now has three classrooms in the north end of District Office.