When school starts some CCISD students at Los Encinos Elementary probably won’t believe their eyes. That’s because they finally have a brand new school.
Thanks to Hurricane Harvey students are starting the school year a week later. But it does not mean students and teachers are still not excited.
There's nothing like the feeling of getting ready for your first day of school, especially when you have a new building .
“We are absolutely thrilled about finally being able to welcome our new students on the first day of school,” said Los Encinos Principle Christine Sierra.
The new elementary cost the district around $22.8 million to build. It's part of a $100-million bond package passed by voters in 2014.
“The original Los Encinos campus was built in 1963. It opened up in August of 63 so moving into this brand new facility with bigger classrooms, and bigger work space for all of our employees, as well as our students has been a long time coming. It is just a total upgrade, and we are very grateful, and it’s going to give every child here an opportunity to be successful,” said Sierra.
The building includes a new gym, art room, music room, and all classrooms are set up with new technology.
“The biggest highlights regarding classroom instruction are the Smart Televisions. They are 60 inch televisions, and those, in itself, are extremely up-to-date. So our teachers are so excited to use them, even the kids will be able to use them. They are touchscreen, and they can also use the pen on them,” said Sierra.
This campus is built to hold 700 students and currently there are approximately 370 students. So they have room to grow.