Arredondo Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Event
Arredondo: New year, new kids, new look
Retrieved from the Wrangler News
Kids, parents and staff who returned to Arredondo Elementary School had a whole new look awaiting them, and a welcome one at that.
The ceremonial ribbon-cutting on August 3 was accompanied by the school’s traditional Meet the Teacher event, followed by a tour and, to make sure the students got a taste of their newly remodeled digs, free hot dogs.
The school, which was originally built in 1973, underwent extensive renovations over the 2016-17 school year, expanding the campus to 66,813 square feet, with 27 classrooms, three music rooms, and project and assessment labs.
The new and renovated spaces, part of the work undertaken by McCarthy Building Companies, included:
Five common spaces throughout the campus within the classroom areas (breakout areas with secondary supervision)
A new, updated learning commons (library) designed to be a community asset;
Renovated multipurpose room; and a 3,000-square-foot cafeteria with a new kitchen/serving area
Increased parent and staff parking and student drop-off and pick-up
Enlarged and dedicated bus drop-off and pick-up location
Day-lighting within all classrooms, designed to result in energy savings
Increased security throughout the campus
Reoriented campus to provide a welcoming front entrance
Outdoor learning spaces
“In projects like Arredondo, it is important to understand the difference between renovation and transformation,” said Pamela Loeffelman, DLR’s vice president of education.
“Arredondo is more than a renovation with new additions; it really represents a transformation of the entire facility reflecting the heart and spirit of the community.”