New Lubbock-Cooper East Elementary opens Wednesday

Lubbock-Cooper opens new elementary school

LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock's three school districts are seeing some changes and improvements this year.

Frenship is renovating two schools, Lubbock ISD is expanding offerings at the Byron Martin Technology Center and Lubbock-Cooper is opening a new elementary school.

East Elementary is opening its doors off south University Avenue near Farm-to-Market Road 1585 on Wednesday.

"Currently sanding the slide, (because) there's a slide in the library," Kieth Bryant, LCISD superintendent, said.

At this school though, there are a lot of things one might not expect. Some of those being cubbies with whiteboards on the back, or the new discovery theater which allows students to be fully immersed in an environment using four projectors.

"It's just not the same traditional school," Bryant said. "If we build schools for adults, then we miss out on what kids need."

Even with school starting, there is still some work to be done, most of which is outside.

"The timeline on getting this school finished was impacted some by weather and some other situations, but we are ready to have school here," Bryant said. "The learning environments are very safe, the school is secure, you know, we are 98 percent of completion, so it's not very far until it gets completely finished."

Among those projects still to be finished, the playground, one of which is specifically designed for those with special needs and Pre-K students. This playground will be designed around a neighborhood theme.

"So a kid in a wheelchair can go up and pull up and go into a store, or they can pull up to a post office, or pull up to a school," Bryant said, "and at the same time our youngest kids can interact with those kids in an environment that is really intentionally designed."

On the inside though, teachers are ready for students.

Another interesting aspect of this new building is the pop art theme which is spread over both floors and provides the opportunity to teach students phrases, letters, and behavior.

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