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Tomball Independent School District held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, September 4, at Grand Oaks Elementary School and proceeded with a second event at Tomball High School Agricultural Science Project Center to celebrate the two new facilities ahead of the 2020-21 school year.
The elementary school is the district’s 11th and is located inside the Elmer and Dorothy Beckendorf Educational Complex at Cypress-Rosehill Road and the agricultural project center is located at Quinn Road and was made for Career and Technical Education students. Both facilities were made possible by Bond 2017.
“Today was another grand example of the Tomball community coming together to play an integral role in supporting continued excellence and education in Tomball ISD,” Superintendent of Schools Martha Salazar-Zamora said.
Salazar-Zamora said the district is excited to open the doors for students that have chosen face-to-face instruction to come into this brand-new state of the art elementary school. She added that families that have chosen virtual remote learning will also be connected to the structure.
“Although they’re not on the actual premise, they will still be receiving the same high-quality education through their virtual program,” Salazar-Zamora said.
Besides the elementary school, the new complex will also house a junior high school that opens next year, a community center, and a new district stadium that is currently under construction.
The new project center is the district’s second agricultural center but will be different in that it will hold a science area for STEM projects, according to Salazar-Zamora.
“When you think about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math, this is a science center for the entire district of all grade levels. …We’re so we’re excited about our FFA (Future Farmers of America) students and all students that will come and learn more about the important curriculum area of science.”
Salazar-Zamora said that when students arrive at the state-of-the-art facilities, they will be welcomed by staff and take all the necessary safety precautions for those who are there. She added that students at the agricultural center were scheduled to begin housing their animals shortly and that the district will keep protocols in place as long as they’re necessary for the safety of staff and students.
“We’re excited about both new opportunities for our destination excellence district,” Salazar-Zamora said. “We’re so excited that so many community members came out to embrace our new project and we look forward to really having it filled with our students and eventually our parents when we’re able to get our other visitors back into our facilities.”
Salazar-Zamora said Tomball ISD is grateful for the passionate community that understands the importance of accommodating growth in the district.
“We continue to grow so much and so fast; we continue to need these type of facilities,” Salazar-Zamora said.