New academic year to feature new surroundings

First of Englewood Schools' new buildings to open in August

Posted 7/16/18

Plastic dividers, stray construction and cleaning equipment, and caution tape now line halls and playgrounds where children once ran — and soon, the first of Englewood's new school buildings will …

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New academic year to feature new surroundings

First of Englewood Schools' new buildings to open in August

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Plastic dividers, stray construction and cleaning equipment, and caution tape now line halls and playgrounds where children once ran — and soon, the first of Englewood's new school buildings will open after more than a year of construction.

“The entire schools were historical,” said Julie McMorris, spokeswoman for Englewood Schools. “They served many generations of students.”

The Englewood public-school district is rebuilding its four elementary schools and its early childhood education center, and it began construction on Clayton Elementary School and Charles Hay World School in mid-2017. Englewood voters passed a bond in 2016 that set up construction for the elementaries and preschool.

The new elementary schools — Clayton, Bishop and Cherrelyn and Charles Hay — will have “high-quality day-lit classrooms,” secure entries, safer drop-off areas, better-sized parking lots, indoor and outdoor learning spaces, and age-appropriate playgrounds, according to McMorris.

They'll also have new STEAM labs — for science, technology, engineering, arts and math — and dedicated gyms and cafeterias, McMorris said. Cafeteria and gym space were shared in some of the old school buildings.

The preschool, Maddox Early Childhood Education Center, will have indoor and outdoor play spaces and a new community room, McMorris said.

The indoor play spaces will have jungle gym-style playground equipment, a tricycle track and carpeted floors. Classrooms will surround the indoor playgrounds in both wings of the school.

Outside, four playground areas will circle the perimeter of the school, in two styles: a more “traditional” type with swings and slides, and a more natural type that allows kids to explore their environment, climb and have grassy hills to roll down, according to representatives from RB+B Architects, a company that has worked on the project.

Clayton and Cherrelyn were built in 1948, Charles Hay and Maddox in 1953, and Bishop in 1956.

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