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Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony, Thu. May 31 at 10:30 am

Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 31

DALLAS—The Dallas Independent School District will break ground on Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 31, at 7203 Bruton Road.

Dallas ISD Trustee Bernadette Nutall, District 9, will bring greetings. Other speakers include Interim Division Executive Shirley Ison-Newsome; South Central Elementary Learning Community Senior Executive Director Deardra Hayes-Whigham; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Basilus Rita Cloman; and James Madison High School Principal Marian Willard, a former student of Mrs. Richardson. The school is named for Richardson, a longtime Dallas educator and plaintiff in a successful 1942 lawsuit that led to equal pay for white and black teachers.

The environmentally-sustainable building is scheduled to open August 2013 and will serve students in prekindergarten through 5th grade. The 96,250-square-foot facility will include 39 classrooms and have the capacity to serve 810 students, coming from the neighboring enrollments of San Jacinto, Nathaniel Hawthorne and John Ireland elementary schools.

In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the auditorium at San Jacinto Elementary School, 7900 Hume Dr.


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 will provide roughly $521 million to renovate more than 200 schools, add 19 new science labs at six secondary schools and updates to 16 school kitchens and 22 lunchrooms. Information on the allocation of bond funds can be found at