At Bishop Elementary School in Englewood, things have been a bit different since January for the 211 students who attend the K-6 school. Bishop Elementary students have been spending their school …
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At Bishop Elementary School in Englewood, things have been a bit different since January for the 211 students who attend the K-6 school. Bishop Elementary students have been spending their school days inside the old Maddox Early Childhood Education Center awaiting a new school building.
Those days of waiting and staying in a building that wasn’t met for those students are soon coming to an end after winter break.
Bishop Elementary is anticipating the opening of its new $19 million school building when students return from break on Jan. 8. The school will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the school on Jan. 7 that will include self-guided tours and refreshments from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“I think it’s just really cool that all of these kids get to experience the transition between having our older building and coming into something new that has been planned out for us and our population. I think just having a new space, it’s going to be inviting for (students),” said Gabby Cautero, a kindergarten teacher at Bishop Elementary.
The new school building will feature 16 classrooms; an art room; music room; gym; science, technology, engineering and mathematics lab; maker space; and learning commons.
Another feature of the school allows for the commons and the gym to open up to become one big space for community gathers, said Julie McMorris, a spokesperson for Englewood Schools.
Shanna Martin, principal for Bishop Elementary, said she anticipates the new school building to increase the school’s student population. She added that enrollment this school year decreased.
“(The new building) goes back to really providing an experience for our students. It was maybe two weeks ago, and we were making our invitations for the ribbon cutting,” said Martin. The invitations include a photo of a rendering of the new building. “(The invitations) were just sitting here in the office and a third-grade student looked at them and told us it’s like we’re moving into a mansion.”
Other features of the new school include an accessible playground that will allow for children of all abilities to play with each other and an outdoor classroom that comes with bench seating and a whiteboard.
The school was funded through a $97.5 million bond passed in 2016 by Englewood voters to replace five school buildings in Englewood Schools.
“I’m looking forward to the new playground. The new (school building) is going to be more fun, and it’s going to be better to hang out in,” said Jade Coronado, a sixth-grade student at Bishop Elementary.
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