AJHS ribbon cutting

Alvarado ISD board members cut the ribbon for the new school. From left are AJHS Principal Melodye Brooks, board Vice President Kelly Price, board member William Kaschub, former AISD Superintendent Chester Juroska, board President Tom Head, board member Tom Durington, board member Caleb Vaughan, board member Linda Neeley, Assistant Superintendent of Operations Mark Ratcliff and Estes.

Alvarado ISD board members and other district employees held an opening ceremony for the new Alvarado Junior High School on Sunday. The new school is a state-of-the-art facility providing students with new technology equipment.

AISD is known for it’s increased use of technology in the classroom. According to the AISD technology department, each academic classroom has an Epson Brightlink interactive projector. The functionality of the projectors is similar to that of a SmartBoard without requiring a special board. It functions on a standard whiteboard and will operate on finger touch, without requiring special pens.

Common areas in each classroom have a flatscreen TV mounted on the wall to be used for collaboration.

The 151,371-square-foot building is open and ready for school to start Aug. 24. Workers started to tear down the old junior high school on July 31.

AISD spokesman Tommy Brown said a parking lot will be built in the demolished space. Four classrooms and the gymnasium will remain from the old building.

— Ashley Rose   

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