The first of two new school dedication ceremonies in the Appoquinimink district was held Wednesday night for the Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center.
Four-, five- and six-year-old students entered their new school touting colorful backpacks for the event, which doubled as a “Meet the Teacher Night.”
On Thursday, a second dedication ceremony will be held for the district’s other new building, Old State Elementary School, which is also located on the new Fairview Campus off of Old State Road in Townsend.
The new students and their families circled around Spring Meadow ECC Wednesday, meeting their teachers, and getting acclimated in their classrooms.
Both new schools were approved by voters in a December 2009 referendum, “Building for Generations,” which did not require the district to raise taxes.
The growth in the area’s tax base, responsible fiscal management and the retirement of all bonds made this possible, said Lilian Miles, the district’s public information officer.
The referendum included the purchase of the 252-acre parcel of land for both buildings, with room to grow if needed.
The new ECC is the district’s fourth and caters to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.