New elementary finally opens doors

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L Trammell

Excited to explore their new school, Mrs. Gill’s kindergarten class sits in front of the PG sing at the new elementary.

Earlier this week the doors to the Margaret Fischer Davis Elementary School were finally opened to the staff and students for the first time.

“The first day of school in the new building was kind of hectic because all the students were very excited and the wait to be here was finally over,” second grader teacher Toyna Trammell said. 

The new elementary school is located on 2800 Galleria Oaks. The school has 33 classrooms, a cafeteria, an art room, a playground, a media center, a gymnasium, and other multi-purpose learning spaces. 

In 2018, bond voters approved $19.9 million to build a new elementary and provide an update in technology and security district wide. Construction of the $14 million school began April 22,2019 and it was expected to be done in July 2020, but was delayed by bad weather and Covid-19.

“It was great news that the bond passed back in 2018 because these student’s needed a new elementary school,” Mrs. Trammell said. “They needed a new building that is up to date with the technology and security.

Rather than starting STEAM classes in intermediate school, students will be able to start to hone their skills in elementary school. A few STEAM based classes that are offered are technology, science, math, art, and technology.

“The new elementary school will provide opportunities for students to receive a world-class STEAM-based education,” Superintendent Chad Pirtle said in an interview with the Texarkana Gazette. “Margaret Fischer Davis Elementary School will provide opportunities for our staff to give an innovative, world-class STEAM education and it will allow the community to have another Pleasant Grove Independent School District beacon of pride.”