Judson ISD dedicates new school Wednesday

Copperfield Elementary built after overcrowding at 2 other schools


SAN ANTONIO – The Judson Independent School District will dedicate its new elementary school on Wednesday morning.

Copperfield Elementary, located off of Loop 1604 in Converse, opened its doors to students this fall.

Last Friday, KSAT crews got a sneak peak of the campus, thanks to two personal tour guides, 5th-graders Ciera Williams and Isaac Fernandez.

Williams and Fernandez led KSAT crews through the bright hallways to check out the new gym and library.

Copperfield Elementary Principal Gerrie Spellmann said the school building was designed to be an open learning environment with a Texas theme throughout the school.

"The school is built to be a learning environment from walking down the halls to the flex areas in each of the pods," said Spellmann. "There's a lot of collaborative learning going on."

According to Judson ISD officials, Copperfield Elementary is not only a great place to learn, it was a much-needed facility.

Nearby Salinas Elementary had reached an enrollment of about 900 and Converse Elementary was filling up too.

Under a 2013 bond, the district got the go-ahead to build the new school.

"We had two schools that were overcrowded, Salinas Elementary and Converse Elementary," said Spellmann. "And this alleviated the overcrowding at those two schools."

Williams and Fernandez were both former students of Salinas Elementary and both said they are excited about their new school.

"It's so new and the teachers have touch screen projectors," said Williams. "It's all fancy."

"I like the cafeteria," said Fernandez. "They have good food and I also like how the teachers want to help you."

Copperfield Elementary has been open since August, but the school will hold its official dedication at 9 a.m. today in the cafeteria.

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