The Canyon Independent School District hosted the grand opening of another new elementary school on Tuesday.
The name of the new school is Spring Canyon Elementary and currently has 369 Kindergarten to Grade 4 students. The school is built to accommodate a total of 550 students and has 28 classrooms, according to district officials.
This is the second opening of a new school for CISD this month, after hosting a groundbreaking ceremony last week for Heritage Hills Elementary School.
As previously reported by The Globe-News, plans for Spring Canyon and Heritage Hills were added to the district after a $ 197.6 million bond was issued in November 2018 which allowed for the new additions.
“Parents have a choice of where they want their children to go to school and what experience they want their children to be a part of,” said Canyon ISD Superintendent Darryl Flusche. “From their youngest through high school, the youngest children in primary school parents want to know that they too are welcome in the school system.”
According to Flusche, the new school has a storm shelter in its east wing, equipped to accommodate the entire student body. The shelter has concrete and storm-proof windows to ensure the safety of students and staff in the event of a weather emergency.
“What it means to me when we open an elementary school is that there is a lot of growth in the community – that parents want their children to be a part of the environment,” said Flusche. “Our community expects a standard, and we must continue to operate by that standard, because that’s what parents choose when they choose to bring their children into our school system.”
The openings of the two schools, according to Flusche, are the first openings of an elementary school in Canyon in more than 20 years.
“Obviously, they put a lot of resources and energy into creating the school, but our job now is to create a school that reflects the values and moral code of our community,” said Noe Renteria, director of Spring Canyon.
The school opening is the second of three that Canyon ISD will host this year, including the upcoming opening of West Plains High School. CISD also completed the Randall High School expansion this year and carried out renovations to many other school facilities in the district.
“We have a great community and the reason I’m here is because great churches, great community, great people, great friendships, great schools, great opportunities for our children and people come from far and wide to to be here and to be a part of it, ”said Bill Jenkins, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICAD.