Elementary School Wins Applause
Community welcomes Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School
DALLAS — The Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School dedication ceremony held Friday, April 12, brought out school and government officials, parents and students and lots of smiles.
The 98,000-square-foot elementary school at 7817 Military Parkway marks another to-do off the project list of the Dallas ISD’s 2008 Bond. The building, constructed at a cost of $13.1 million, features 39 classrooms, computer labs and a gymnasium and will serve up to 810 students in grades Pre-K through five.
"The students who attend this state-of-the-art facility today will be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Sylvia Reyna. “Thanks to our city’s voters, this school is prepared to equip students with the tools needed for success. I am excited to see how the students will use this school and the education they receive here to shape our city’s future.”
Principal Sandra Fernandez welcomed the audience, and the Urban Park Elementary School Boy Scout Pack 757 presented the flags and led the pledge of allegiance. Dallas ISD Trustee Bernadette Nutall thanked community members for their support of the new school and the 2008 Bond program. Nutall was joined by fellow trustees Elizabeth Jones, District 1, and Mike Morath, District 2, who came out to pay homage to Callejo’s indelible legacy and celebrate the occasion.
Following a performance by the school’s orchestral ensemble, led by Director Christine Ruggles, Student Council President Noemi Sosa presented a memento to the school’s namesake, Adelfa Botello Callejo, who spoke briefly. She was joined at the podium by family member John D. Gonzales.
The longtime Dallas attorney and civil rights activist was praised for her tireless efforts to reduce racial barriers and improve equality in education.
Dallas ISD Executive Director of Construction Services Ed Levine provided a project overview followed by remarks from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and a performance by the school’s cheer squad.
The construction team included AECOM, project manager, HKS, Inc., architect, and Cadence McShane Construction, general contractor.
In May 2008, Dallas voters supported a $1.35 billion bond program, paving the way for the district to build eight elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools, and construct 177 new classrooms on 13 existing campuses. In addition, the bond program is in the process of providing roughly $521 million to renovate more than 200 schools, add 19 new science labs at six secondary schools, and make updates to 16 school kitchens and 22 lunchrooms. Information on the allocation of bond funds can be found at http://www.dallasisd.org/bond2008.