DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Oran M. Roberts Elementary School is the latest replacement school under the 2008 Bond program set to open in the fall. The new 98,000 square-foot building is one of three new buildings opening this fall, and is a replacement school for the old O.M. Roberts Elementary, which was demolished.
Located at 4919 E. Grand Ave., the news school is an environmentally sustainable school designed to accommodate 800 students in grades Pre-k through 5. In addition to 39 regular classrooms, it will feature an outdoor learning garden area with pathways and seating, as well as science and computer labs, a multi-purpose room and gymnasium.
Principal Eneida Padro Colon, is a native of Puerto Rico and has worked in education for nine years as a teacher, instructional coach and administrator. She recently served as an associate principal at Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy.
“I am ready and excited for the future of O.M. Roberts Elementary. The students and community members we serve will enjoy a top-notch facility where learning will transform lives. Our school community is committed to fostering a love for learning and high expectations as we prepare our students for a career and for college,” said Padro.
Padro received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. She’s currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at the University of North Texas.
The school will host an open house, 4-6 p.m., Thursday, August, 15, for parents and community members to meet the faculty and tour the school.
The school is designed by NR2 Architects and the project manager is Jacobs Engineering, Inc.
Other schools opening this fall include Billy Earl Dade Middle School and Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School.
In May 2008, Dallas voters supported a $1.35 billion bond program, paving the way for the district to build eight elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools, and construct 177 new classrooms on 13 existing campuses. In addition, the bond program is in the process of providing roughly $521 million to renovate more than 200 schools, add 19 new science labs at six secondary schools and updates to 16 school kitchens and 22 lunchrooms.
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