HISD Board of Education President Michael Lunceford will join community leaders, administrators, alumni, staff and students during the official dedication ceremony on Wednesday, May 23 at 9 a.m. for the new Cunningham Elementary School, 5100 Gulfton.
“This is a great new school for the community, and it can now adequately handle the number of children attending,” Lunceford said. “This new facility will also have more of a ‘campus’ feel with the trees and large green space for the children to enjoy.”
This new facility is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and is projected to have a 35 percent reduction in water use and a 25 percent reduction in annual energy use. Every major learning space and classroom has at least one window. The district has committed to build all new construction projects to LEED standards.
“Our kids are so excited about the new space and have taken true ownership,” said Cunningham Principal Nancy Mercado. “We are proud to show everyone in our community what we are doing here, which is providing a first-rate education for our students.”
The $805 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2007 made the project possible. The new school includes:
• New library;
• New science labs;
• New computer lab; and
• Smart Board technology in all classrooms.
For more information about other school construction projects district wide, visit www.hisdprojects.org.