GALENA PARK ISD BREAKS GROUND ON NEWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Community members and elected officials joined Galena Park ISD trustees, administrators and principals in the groundbreaking ceremony of the district’s newest elementary school on Monday, Nov. 27.
The 105,000-square-foot elementary, which will open in August 2007, sits on an 18-acre site on the Beltway 8 frontage road between Woodforest and Interstate 10.
The district’s 15th elementary school will relieve overcrowding at Cloverleaf, Cimarron and North Shore Elementary Schools. The construction cost of this campus is $13.057 million and the school will serve 850 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The new school utilizes a design similar to Freedom Elementary with modifications to make this new campus unique. In addition to the extra circulation designed to enhance parent pickup in the front of the school, the design also includes parking for approximately 130 cars, three open commons areas, space for future growth, an indoor multipurpose area, stage, cafeteria and food service area and computer and science labs.
Taking part in the groundbreaking festivities of the district’s newest elementary school are (l-r): Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools; Jeff Miller, president of the GPISD Board of Trustees; Cloverleaf Elementary students Ulysses Ortega and Dana Lopez; Dawn Thompson Fisher, vice president of the GPISD Board of Education; and June Harris, trustee.