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Fort Worth ISD’s Overton Park Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony Attracts Enthusiastic Crowd

The skies were blue for the 200 people who turned out for the Fort Worth ISD Overton Park Elementary School groundbreaking on June 6, bringing an end to all worries about a rainout. The sunshine and cool breeze created a perfect setting for the event.

The Paschal Jazz Band entertained guests as they arrived and the new Overton Park Owl mascot mingled and posed for photos with attendees. Students played a significant role in the ceremony, with the McLean Middle School Junior Cadet Corps presenting the colors; Tanglewood Elementary students leading the Pledge of Allegiance; Monnig Middle School student Meirah Koenig singing the national anthem; Camille McMurry speaking on behalf of future Overton Park Elementary students; and students with kid-size shovels turning dirt during the groundbreaking itself.

Fort Worth ISD Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. opened the ceremony with a heartfelt welcome. He said Tanglewood and Overton Park elementary schools would always enjoy a connection, emphasizing to parents and students, “You belong here. Fort Worth ISD is your home.” 

Newly elected board members C.J. Evans and Anne Darr said that while the school property was historic and once part of the Edwards Ranch, Overton Park Elementary will be new, modern and designed so students can achieve at high levels for years to come. They unveiled the owl mascot design and school colors, scholar blue and greathearted green.

Third grade Tanglewood Elementary student Camille McMurry said she is excited to attend Overton Park Elementary when it opens in August 2020 and is ready to build new traditions. Tanglewood Elementary Principal Connie Smith thanked the community for coming together to work toward a common goal. Reid Goetz, a parent and member of the transition committee, spoke about the teamwork and transparency during the two-year process that culminated in the groundbreaking celebration.

Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner thanked the community and the board for supporting the Overton Park Elementary School project for the last two years and said, “Today we see the beginning of the fruits of that labor.” He then presented gifts to former board member Judy Needham, who recently retired as the District 5 representative, and he thanked her for 24 years of dedicated service.

The ceremony ended with adults and students turning the dirt in unison to mark the beginning of a new chapter in Fort Worth ISD.

The Overton Park Elementary campus will sit on 5.98 acres. It will serve pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and can accommodate 550 students. The school will have four classrooms per grade and will include spaces for physical education, music, science, art and more. 

Watch the entire groundbreaking ceremony at https://youtu.be/Ao045jknTo4

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