Walk-throughs at Coleman and C.C. Cooke Elementary Schools to show off the improvements made to the interiors of the campuses over the course of the summer will take place Thursday from 4-6 p.m.
From the renovation of restrooms to upgrades to the front office area and new flooring, ceiling work and new painting throughout, students will be coming back to refreshed campuses and classrooms according to the building principals.
Upgrades to the interiors of the schools completes a two-year plan which began in 2016 with new roofs and HVAC, along with safety and security improvements, including new surveillance cameras and door hardware with lockdown features. Classrooms have been outfitted with new furniture to allow for collaborative learning and versatility in instruction.
The $2.49 million in exterior and interior improvements to the campuses was approved by voters as part of Bond 2016.
“I’m extremely proud of the work that has been done to our school,” Coleman Principal Marla Roth said. “Our building is more welcoming--it’s not dark anymore. With the paint and bright colors, it’s so light and welcoming. I’m so excited for parents and the community to come and see.”
Cooke Elementary Principal Jake Walker said his school has already received rave reviews from teachers, following their return to school Monday for staff development.
“They have come back to work with such a sense of excitement and anticipation,” Walker said. “One of our teachers remarked that the students will feel smarter just by sitting in the new furniture. “
“Citizenship is a character trait we often talk about at Cooke, with a point of emphasis being placed on each child doing their part to take care of our school building and grounds,” Walker said. “With the remodeling that has been done across the school, I know the students will have such a sense of pride in taking care of our building.”
Upgrades to the student restrooms are among the most noticeable improvements to Cooke and Coleman, which both opened in the 1950s.
“The teachers are thrilled,” Roth said. “They say the bathrooms are amazing—like a hotel. I know our students and parents will have the same reactions. With the white paint, the new flooring, the whole school is refreshed. And with the new furniture, our teachers will be creating an environment that will work best for their particular classroom. We just feel like we are starting the school year with a new, improved Coleman.”
Thursday’s walk-through will be just that, as visitors will take a brief tour to view the improvements and changes since school ended in late May. Students will receive their own previews prior to the first day of school, with Meet the Teacher events scheduled August 14 from 4-6 p.m.
“I believe our students will think Coleman is the place to be,” Roth said. “I think the kids will be proud of their school and way it looks. I think with the new fencing, they will feel more secure as well.”
Walker, who will begin his second year as the campus leader at Cooke, expressed his thanks for the investment CISD stakeholders have made in the school district with their passage of Bond 2016.
“It is wonderful that this community has invested so much in providing our school district with the facilities and technological resources needed for our students,” he said. “With such support, we are providing Cleburne students with a high quality learning experience.”
New tile work in the school colors was included in the upgrades to restrooms at Coleman and C.C. Cooke during intensive summer work projects addressing the interiors of both campuses. Walk-throughs to showcase improvements, made possible with Bond 2016, are scheduled Thursday from 4-6 p.m. for parents and the community.