On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Spring Branch ISD celebrated the grand opening of the new Bunker Hill Elementary (BHE). The new BHE is part of the 2017 Bond Program, approved by 80% of voters in Nov. 2017. The 2017 Bond Program continues the transformation of district facilities that began with the 2007 Bond Program.
The new building was a collaboration between SBISD, Stantec and the Project Advisory Team, composed of staff, parents and community members. Durotech, Inc. served as the Construction Manager At-Risk for the project.
The event included a performance from the Spring Branch Middle School band. The Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance were led by Cub Scout Pack 558 and the Star Spangled Banner was sang by Girl Scout Troop 126178.
The grand opening kicked off with a video showcasing the new building and a glimpse of the school as it was being built.
Attendees cheered as the video came to an end.
Spring Branch ISD superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine, Board of Trustees president Chris Earnest and Moira Lail, BHE PTA president, addressed attendees and expressed their excitement for the new building.
“I’m overwhelmed with excitement for all the teachers and staff!” said Earnest. “Our students are thrilled about the new space, you can feel a renewed sense of energy. I am thankful to our community and all who made this happen.”
Dana Johnson, BHE principal, also spoke about her enthusiasm for the new 110,00 square-foot replacement school, which is a significant upgrade from the original 58,385-square-foot building.
“This grand opening represents the start of something new,” said Johnson. “Our students and staff are ecstatic for our new school. I am grateful for all who were involved in this project and for allowing our community to have a voice.”
After the event, attendees had the opportunity to tour the new campus. They saw that the transformed BHE brings an innovative approach, while still blending in with its surrounding sites. Courtyards and the outdoor learning plaza highlight the surrounding community and allow students to enjoy the natural scenery.
The new building also includes learning pods and shared spaces that create a collaborative environment that promotes student learning. Attendees were impressed by the library, which is at the heart of the campus to ensure students have access to a world of books and knowledge to stimulate their minds.
“I’m so excited for the new school after seeing it be rebuilt,” said Stuart, a fifth grade student at BHE. “ I have been enjoying all the new spaces and like me, I know my classmates are very happy about the new Bunker Hill.”