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Students cut ribbon for RISD’s newest school

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Jayden Vega, center left, and her brother, Kaelon Vega, center right, cut the ribbon Thursday morning at Del Norte Elementary School, 2701 N. Garden Ave., with the help of Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Mike Gottlieb. Watching are RISD board members, from left, Hilda Sanchez, James Edwards, Hope Morales, Milburn Dolan and Mona Kirk. Jayden is a second grader and Kaelon a kindergartner at Del Norte. Due to health orders, RISD video-recorded the ribbon cutting and a tour of the new building Thursday to post online. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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The Roswell Independent School District conducted a socially distanced, COVID-19-safe ribbon cutting Thursday morning for the new Del Norte Elementary School.

Kaelon Vega, right, and his sister, Jayden Vega, peer into the classroom of Kaelon’s kindergarten teacher Thursday morning during a tour of Del Norte Elementary School. Along with their dad, Andy Vega, the children got a tour of the new school after a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Roswell Independent School District Board of Education and a limited number of district officials. The ceremony and tour were recorded on video and will be posted online. (Juno Ogle Photo)

With RISD Board of Education members watching, Superintendent Mike Gottlieb assisted as Del Norte second grader Jayden Vega and her brother, kindergartner Kaelon Vega, cut the red ribbon in front of the school’s entrance.

The ribbon cutting was video-recorded for the public to view online later.

“We’re very excited about opening up our schools to you. We hope we can be back to school for normal days very soon. We want to thank the community for their support and helping us remodel and build our schools,” Gottlieb said before the children cut the ribbon.

Several of the board members also spoke, thanking voters for passing the bond in 2015 that helped fund the $22 million project.

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“This is my school, this is my district,” Mona Kirk, who represents District 1, said. “I’m very pleased that we finally got this school done after many years.”

Playgrounds are still under construction and the library shelves still need to be filled with books, but the school is functional for remote learning. Many of Del Norte’s teachers have been in their classrooms, either meeting with their students live over virtual meeting software or recording lessons on video.

A few dozen students have been in the building since classes started on Aug. 19, spread out throughout unused classrooms. Students with individual education plans are in and out throughout the day, and children of the school’s staff are allowed to do their remote learning, supervised by education assistants.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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