The last of Englewood Schools' five construction projects — all undertaken on the strength of a $97.5 million bond voters approved in 2016 — symbolically kicked off Dec. 20 with a groundbreaking …
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The last of Englewood Schools' five construction projects — all undertaken on the strength of a $97.5 million bond voters approved in 2016 — symbolically kicked off Dec. 20 with a groundbreaking ceremony at Bishop Elementary School.
The bond was “an incredible investment in our community,” said Wendy Rubin, superintendent for the school district, thanking parents in the crowd for voting for the measure.
Construction on the new building to replace the current Bishop site is expected to wrap up in December 2019, and Bishop students will attend school in the old Maddox Early Childhood Education Center building — the preschool that will also be replaced by a new building set to open for students in January — in the meantime. Bishop students will start school in the new Bishop building around January 2020.
At the groundbreaking, dozens of parents and community members gathered along with a large crowd of Bishop students and listened to words from Rubin, Bishop Principal Shanna Martin and two students who reminisced about Bishop and the teachers that influenced them.
“These teachers taught me that no matter what, you should never stop trying,” said Reily Malcomb, a sixth-grader and vice president of the school's student council.
Malcomb was followed by Luzmia Hernandez, sixth-grader and student council president, who highlighted teachers who have “always been there” for her and life lessons she's learned.
“It's OK to make mistakes,” Hernandez said one teacher taught her.
Rubin spoke of a 1903 photo of students at North school. A new North building was erected at 3100 S. Elati St. in 1956 — later renamed "Bishop" — and the new building in 2020 will serve to “deepen the roots” of the school in Englewood, Rubin said. A table in a school hallway during the ceremony displayed scrapbooks and memorabilia related to Bishop and Englewood — books of newspaper clippings and school-related documents lay among the materials.
A person who lived through some of that Bishop history firsthand was a face in the crowd — Susan Pepper, 52, walked through the building for the first time since she was 10.
“It hasn't changed a bit,” Pepper said fondly. “My first-grade teacher, I remember her, Ms. Mac. I went in the classroom today, and it looks an awful lot the same.”
Pepper, who lives in Denver now, grew up in Englewood and attended Bishop from kindergarten through most of fifth grade.
“I loved it — the school, the neighborhood. I had a great time here. Certainly enough to come back to this,” she laughed.
Englewood Schools began construction on Clayton Elementary School and Charles Hay World School in mid-2017, and construction at Cherrelyn Elementary School began in summer 2018. Construction broke ground at Maddox, at 700 W. Mansfield Ave., in December 2017.
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