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TISD holds groundbreaking ceremony

Parks Elementary now in construction
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Blaise Larry-Cox
Administrators and board members shovel dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony ceremony for Parks Elementary School. The new location will serve as the replacement campus for Spring Lake Park and Highland Park Elementaries. Members of the community gathered at the old Pine Street campus to kick off the construction process on Oct. 19, 2023.

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Shovels are mounted in a pile of dirt, alongside a bulldozer and podium. Teachers, principals, past and former students, mayor Bob Bruggeman and TISD faculty gather to commemorate the beginning of a new future.

On Oct. 19, a ceremony was held in honor of the ground breaking for Parks Elementary, located on Pine Street. This new elementary school will open in 2025, combining Highland Park Elementary and Spring Lake Park Elementary, two schools that have been historically embedded into Texarkana for decades.

“We’ve already got some dirt work underway, some site preparation,” superintendent Dr. Doug Brubaker said. “So this building is going to be completed in August 2025, and we’re celebrating the beginning of that progress today.”

Last school year, TISD received funding that made this new addition shift from a dream to reality.

“This is a project that was made possible by residents of Texarkana ISD through their approval of the 2022 bond program,” Brubaker said. “As a school district, we are very grateful for this support and the opportunities that it will create for our students.”

This new addition to TISD will largely benefit future attendees with everything from classrooms to playgrounds being updated. Students will have cutting edge learning environments to ensure they have the knowledge and skills they need.

As a former student, I think it’s a great opportunity for kids in that area to get the education level that they deserve.

— Arthur McElroy

“We had a faculty assessment done in 2021,[when] they identified Highland Park and Spring Lake Park Elementary [as] two schools that

really needed to be replaced,” Brubaker said. “We have the opportunity here to build one larger elementary school that will serve the students from both communities. We’re going to honor the rich tradition and history of [both elementaries] and also the Pine Street site.”

Both elementary schools have a large minority population and receive less funding than opposing elementaries that have a white majority.

“Parks would give our kids opportunities that they wouldn’t have otherwise,” Highland Park teacher Becky Shaw said. “We have a low income school so our students don’t have the resources that other schools do. I think it may change their attitudes about school and make them excited to learn.”

Students of Park Elementary will benefit
from sharing a campus with kids from different backgrounds in having a more diverse population.

“We have a bilingual campus so we have a large Hispanic population,” Shaw said. “It’s going to be good for the kids who go to Spring Lake Park to join with our school to meet those kids. It will be a great way for them to see more diversity and for our kids to experience a diverse campus.”

Many community members are excited for what awaits future Parks students.

“As a former student, I think it’s a great opportunity for kids in that area to get the education level that they deserve,” senior Arthur McElroy said.

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Ashley Davis
Ashley Davis, News/Feature Editor
Ashley Davis is going into her second year of newspaper as News and Feature Editor. She spends her time in activities such as National Honors Society, History Club and TigerVision. Davis plans on taking her love of journalism to the next level and eventually writing as a career. She loves movies, especially those that star Timothee Chalamet. Davis is thrilled to take on her senior year with eyebags and airpods blasting Frank Ocean.
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Riley roberts, Staff Writer
Sophomore Riley Roberts is a first-year Tiger Times Newspaper staff member. Her grades are very important to her especially since she is an all A student, but what she finds more important than that is finding time to spend with family. Roberts loves to travel and hangout with her dog, a pembroke-welsh corgi, who she is absolutely obsessed with. She is also involved in sports medicine, which she may wish to pursue a career in. Roberts will continue to aim for greatness throughout her years of high school.
Blaise Larry-Cox
Blaise Larry-Cox, Culture Editor
Blaise Larry-Cox is a senior and second year Publications member. He is the Culture Editor, a first year photographer and the producer of the THS podcast, Breaking Snooze. Outside of publications he is in Model UN, STUCCO, and multiple other things that look good on a college resume. He would love to help anyone with anything, because he definitely doesn't already have enough to do! He plans on helping the program win awards such as Gold Crown and Pacemaker in order to cement Texas High as the best publication in Texas. In his free time you can find him editing videos and photos for his instagram account, @blaisefilms, or grilling, which he annoyingly posts on his Snapchat story, “Tonight’s Dish”.

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