A number of new activities including a dunk tank, ice vendor and free hot dogs took over the east playground at Englewood's Bishop Elementary School during the Spring Fling on May 21. “The Spring …
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A number of new activities including a dunk tank, ice vendor and free hot dogs took over the east playground at Englewood's Bishop Elementary School during the Spring Fling on May 21.
“The Spring Fling is an end-of-the-year carnival, and this year it is a farewell Spring Fling held by this building because it will be torn down so a new school can be built on the site,” Principal Shanna Martin said. “Parents and alumni have been invited to join us. I am very pleased that so many people came today and joined our celebration.”
Several picnic tables were set up on the grounds so those attending the event could sit down and enjoy a free hot dog, chips and water.
Attendees were invited to put their handprints on the side of the Bishop building, while nearby there was a long line of students who waited their turn to throw balls at a target to dunk members of the faculty, including the principal.
Other games were scattered around the yard and an inflatable bounce house was set up in the gymnasium.
Bishop Elementary School was built in the early 1960s at 3100 S. Elati St. Englewood voters in 2016 approved a bond issue to allow the district to rebuild the four elementary schools and preschool.
Students will continue to attend classes at Bishop until spring break in January 2019. At that time, the construction of the Early Childhood Education Center is scheduled to be complete, so the Bishop students will move into the old childhood education center, formerly Maddox Elementary School, 700 W. Maddox Ave.
Demolition of Bishop Elementary School is scheduled to begin in January 2019. Once the site is cleared, construction of a new Bishop Elementary School will take its place. Students are scheduled to begin classes in new Bishop in January 2020.
Bishop alumnus Marcela Baca-Hernandez said she attended from kindergarten through sixth grade.
“I have a lot of good memories of going to school and it will be sad to see the building torn down,” the Englewood High School junior said. “But it will be good for the community to have a brand-new Bishop Elementary School right where the old one used to stand.”
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