It's always an exciting time when a new school opens. In Copperfield Elementary School's case, its been open since the beginning of the school year, but it hadn't been officially dedicated because administrators wanted to make sure that they got off to a good start with the school year and students felt comfortable with their new school. But October 8th was the big day and Principal Gerrie Spellmann kicked off the ceremony with a brief rundown on how the school was made ready for students. The Copperfield school chorale sang the school song and a video was shown to parents and everyone in attendance about the school. Superintendent Dr. Willis Mackey, Board President Arnoldo Salinas, Vice President Jose Macias, Secretary June Adair and Board Member Richard LaFoille helped cut the ribbon with the assistance of school administrators, the Bond Oversight Committee and officials from the City of Converse and Selma. Copperfield was built as a result of voters approving an $83 million bond in May of 2013. That bond also includes funds to build a new high school now under construction near Nacogdoches and Evans roads to be completed in August 2016.
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Copperfield Elementary School, Judson ISD's newest school, is putting all the details in place right now. Much of the furniture is in the building, technology infrastructure is in the works and supplies such as books are coming in too. Much of the staff will be moving in over the next few days so they can get all the classrooms and facilities ready for students when they arrive August 25th. The Northeast Herald community newspaper came out for a tour of the new school and conducted interviews with Operations Director Daniel Kershner and Copperfield ES Principal Gerrie Spellmann. In case you hadn't heard, input from the students going to the school determined that the mascot will be the Copperfield Bobcats! So congratulations to all you Bobcats out there! Enjoy the new school and new school year.
The construction of the new school is rolling along. The piers are finished and in the next few days the pouring of the whole first floor will be wrapping up. Already the framework for the second floor is going up and it shows how the project is quickly progressing. The school is located near the intersection of Loop 1604 and Coppergate road. As of this writing, the school is unnamed, but name submissions have been received and closed out and the top three possibilities will be brought before the JISD School Board in January. The school is scheduled to open in August 2014 and will draw students from mainly Salinas and Converse Elementary Schools.
The Judson ISD school board took a moment to express their thanks and appreciation for a couple of people who helped with the recent successful bond. Shannon Brown and Rolando Hinojosa (unable to attend) both served on the Bond Committee that got the information about the bond to the voting public. This helped get the facts out about the proposal and was instrumental in the bond winning 64 percent of the vote on election night. Thank you for your commitment.
The 2013 Judson ISD Bond is pretty short and to the point. There are only two items that the $83 million bond would fund. Election Day is May 11th, and each voter should be well informed about what the bond involves and what it means to them. The attached flyer gives you a concise look at the bond as well as when early voting begins and ends and where you can vote. Get the facts so you can make the decision you feel is best.
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