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November 6, 2008
Union Public Schools dedicated its 13th elementary school – Jefferson Elementary School, 8418 S. 107 E. Ave., on Thursday, November 6.
Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden and Board of Education President Scott McDaniel made remarks at the dedication which featured performances by students and tours of the new school. Principal Kim Whiteley provided an oral history of the school, and the school choir – the Monticello Musicians – performed Thankful for the U.S.A.
Jefferson opened August 14, 2008, providing for expansion of the program for four-year-olds districtwide. 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.
Jefferson is modeled after Union’s 12th elementary school, Rosa Parks, 13702 E. 46th Place. While Jefferson is slightly smaller in area, the ceilings are higher than those at Rosa Parks giving the appearance of more room in the school. The architect is PSA-Dewberry and the construction manager is Flintco, Inc.
The dedication is the third time Union has celebrated the opening of a new facility this school year. Union held 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