Spring Branch ISD students, staff and community members gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking and planned construction of the new Memorial Drive Elementary (MDE) on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The 91,263 square-foot building will replace the 58,965 square-foot building, which opened its doors in 1949.
Dr. Jennifer Blaine, SBISD Superintendent of Schools, kicked off the program as she welcomed attendees and introduced Cub Scout Pack 641, who led the Flag Ceremony and the Pledge of Allegiance.
SBISD Board of Trustees president Chris Earnest also expressed his excitement for the new building.
“We will soon be greeted by a brand new school, where there will be new life, new energy and new excitement brought to the campus and into our community,” said Earnest. “I am thrilled for this project to be kicked off.”
The MDE Choir sang Feliz Navidad and attendees cheered before hearing from teachers Ginger Butler and Amanda Gerber, who is also an MDE former student.
“As a teacher, I have continued to be a part of this community and its traditions,” said Gerber. “I look forward to the new school, but know that the great MDE spirit of inspiration, friendship, community and love will live on and I am so proud to be a part of it!”
To conclude the ceremony, community members and alumni took photos together as they reminisced on the great memories they shared at MDE.
The rebuilt MDE will serve 550 students and bring new upgrades to enhance the learning experience for students and staff. The campus will move off-site to SBISD’s South Transition Campus while the new school is built.
“We are moving out of our home, but we will come back to a brand new and improved home,” said Thayer Hutcheson, MDE principal. “Thank you to everyone who has been part of this process and to the voters who allowed this to be possible. I can’t wait to welcome you all to our new campus soon!”
The Memorial Drive Elementary rebuild is part of the 2017 Bond Program and continues the transformation of district facilities that began with the 2007 Bond Program.
View full photo gallery from the groundbreaking ceremony.
For more information, visit www.springbranchisd.com/bond