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Dallas ISD Opens First Four New Schools Under 2008 Bond Program

DALLAS–When the 2011–2012 school year starts next week, Dallas Independent School District will open the first four new schools built under the 2008 Bond Program.  The district’s landscape now includes Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School, George Herbert Walker Bush Elementary School, in the City of Addison, Ebby Halliday Elementary School, and the brand new building for the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy, formerly housed at the Nolan Estes Plaza.
            Dallas ISD also welcomes to its family four repurposed campuses.  The Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, the first all-male public school in the state of Texas, Kennedy-Curry Middle School, Wilmer-Hutchins High School, and A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School.
            “Seeing the growth of the district is very exciting,” said Interim Superintendent Alan King.  “The opening of the new schools has a special meaning to the members of the communities where these campuses are being built.  Students from the Wilmer-Hutchins community will now be able to attend schools in their neighborhood, and that is something of which we are proud.  Also, the George Herbert Walker Bush Elementary School is the first public school built in the City of Addison in nearly 100 years.  All the other new and repurposed campuses opening this year mark a special milestone for the community and for Dallas ISD.  We are very proud of providing new campuses for our students and staff.” 
            Also, residents throughout many parts of the city can now see the transformed and modernized learning spaces in their neighborhood schools as approximately 80 campuses are ready to welcome back students and staff in their expanded and/or renovated facilities.  Clinton P. Russell and Daniel Webster elementary schools are opening their new wings this school year.
            All the new schools, as well as the renovations and expansions to existing campuses, include environmentally-friendly elements and construction features.
            Nine more new schools will open throughout Dallas ISD in the next two years thanks to Dallas’ voters for approving the 2008 Bond Program, while many more existing campuses will continue to receive renovations and/or expansions.