GPISD's dedicates new Normandy Crossing Elementary School
......Celebrations took place throughout the Galena Park Independent School District as students, parents, community members and administrators dedicated the new $13 million Normandy Crossing Elementary School . Situated on a 10-acre site on Normandy Crossing near Normandy , this state-of-the-art school relieved overcrowded classrooms at Cimarron and Green Valley Elementary Schools .
......“This is a joyous occasion and a dream come true,” Karen Sutera, principal, said. “We appreciate all of the hard work and support we've received.”
......Following the official ribbon cutting, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas held a cornerstone ceremony near the entrance of the school. Dr. Shirley Neeley, superintendent of schools, said this was an important part of the dedication ceremony. “It is an honor to include the Masonics. We need God's blessing on this school, our children and our employees.”
......According to architect Mary Walker, Molina Walker Architects, Inc., this school was uniquely designed for GPISD. “We met with individuals from every department in the district to develop the best schematic design to promote learning.”
......The school features a two-story design and will accommodate 900 students in grades pre-kindergarten through five. The design is organized into classroom clusters with one cluster for each grade level. Each cluster contains a workroom, conference room, a storage space, and restrooms. A centrally located library serves as the hub of educational activities. The school is also equipped with music and art rooms, a science lab, two computer rooms, a parent volunteer workroom, and a cafeteria/multi-purpose area that includes a stage for performances.
......During the dedication ceremony, fifth grade student Robin Houston explained Normandy Crossing Elementary was named in honor of all of those who served in World War II. “This school building celebrates the courage and values it takes to overcome a great struggle,” Houston said. “This school will better our community and the lives of each person who enters our building.”