New school, updates exceed expectations

The Way I See It

After the Pleasanton ISD $63 million bond passed, I was hopeful that all could be accomplished as was planned. It seemed to be a daunting task to be able to construct new buildings – a brand new elementary school and an agriculture barn plus update or add on to every campus in the district.

Our reporter, Lisa Luna, and I were able to tour each campus last week with several members of the community, school board, administrators and staff.

With each turn down a hallway, especially in the new elementary, there was another facet of ingenuity displayed.

How exciting it is for these students to have such an innovative environment in which to learn.

I realize that students don’t necessarily need a beautiful space to learn … but I also believe that your surroundings affect you in so many ways.

The new elementary school will have you wishing that you were in the second, third, fourth or fifth grade once again!

I was so pleased to find out that our superintendent, Dr. Matthew Mann, has a Superintendent’s Cabinet – comprised of all levels of students. These students contributed to the design and special features with their suggestions and hands-on experiences on area playgrounds. Imagine that … implementing what kids desire! Such a great way for these students to take ownership and to see it all come to fruition.

Along with the new construction for the elementary and the ag barn, plus the updates and additions throughout the district – there is also a new concession stand at the stadium – plus sidewalks throughout the campuses. The “fade away” fencing is also a nice addition that makes the space look less institutional.

As citizens of this community, I urge you to visit these campuses. You will not be disappointed.

The way I see it, the district – along with the architects (LPA Inc.) and Joeris General Contractors – really delivered. The students at Pleasanton ISD should be proud of their spaces. And we should be proud of not only this project, but all of the folks who made it possible!

Pride, Pride, Eagle Pride.

SUE BROWN  is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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