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November 3, 2008
Union Public Schools will dedicate its 13th elementary school – Jefferson Elementary School, 8418 S. 107 E. Ave., at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6.
Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden and Board of Education President Scott McDaniel will give remarks at the dedication which will feature performances by students and tours of the new school. Principal Kim Whiteley will provide a history of the school and the school choir – the Monticello Musicians – will perform Thankful for the U.S.A. There will be refreshments in the media center after the dedication ceremony
Jefferson opened Thursday, August 14. Voters approved the construction and furnishing of the school through a series of bond elections starting in 2006. The first bond election was for $2.5 million for site development, soil testing, engineering and architectural consultants. The second bond election in 2007 included $9.5 million for construction of the site, while voters approved another $1.9 million for furniture, fixtures and equipment at the school.
The new school is modeled after Union’s 12th elementary school, Rosa Parks Elementary School, 13702 E. 46th Place. While Jefferson is slightly smaller in area, the ceilings are slightly higher than those at Rosa Parks to give the appearance of more room in the school.
The dedication is the third time Union has celebrated the opening of a new facility this school year. Union celebrated the grand opening of its Rosa Parks Early Childhood Center, 13804 E. 46th Place, on September 18. And on September 26, Union hosted a community picnic to celebrate the opening of the new Central Park at Union near 61st and Mingo.
Below are images of the school - during and after construction.