About 900 Englewood elementary school students took in new sights on Aug. 13 as they reported to new classrooms at Clayton Elementary School and Charles Hay World School, the first two schools built …
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About 900 Englewood elementary school students took in new sights on Aug. 13 as they reported to new classrooms at Clayton Elementary School and Charles Hay World School, the first two schools built in Englewood since the 1960s.
Work is underway or soon will be underway on the other two elementary schools, Bishop and Cherrelyn.
A ribbon cutting and an open house was held Aug. 7 at Clayton and was held Aug. 8 at Hay so teachers, parents and students could check out the new facilities. But things really got underway Aug. 13 when the students reported to for the first day of the new school year.
“It was so exciting this morning as the children started school here in this new building,” said Laurie Cahill, Clayton school secretary. “There was definitely a wow factor as the kids reported to their classrooms for the first time and got to work with the new Apple TVs. The excitement was still there as the kids visited the new lunchroom for the first time.”
She said a huge plus was the school again had a playground.
“We didn't have a playground while the new school was being built,” she said. “It seemed like every kid was out there on the playground running around. It may have been a good thing to help burn off some of the energy and excitement of a new school year in a new school.”
The comments were similar at Charles Hay World School.
“The kids were thrilled by everything in our new building so it was a great first day of school in spite of the typical first-day-of-school kinks that had to be worked out,” said Megan Walcott, Hay secretary. “The new building is wonderful and things here are so much better.”
The two newly opened schools were made possible by the 2016 voter-passed bond issue. When the other two elementary schools are completed by 2020 there will be all new classroom buildings in Englewood School District.
The first two schools were built on existing land adjacent to the school while classes were in session.
However, the construction of Cherrelyn and Bishop elementary schools will require students to be shifted to other buildings for classes.
The Cherrelyn students are going to classes at the old Clayton Elementary School and will remain there for the entire 2018-19 year. The Bishop students will go to classes at the former Maddox Elementary School from January 2019 until their new school is completed in January 2020. Maddox Early Childhood Education students will be in their existing building until December, and start in their new building in January 2019.
Bus transportation for Bishop and Cherrelyn students to their new buildings will be provided for student whose parents request it.
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