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A look inside Falcon Ridge Elementary

September 7, 2018

Before Huffman ISD’s bond election in 2016, Amy Turner, then the principal of Copeland Elementary School, had run out of classrooms and was creating study areas in closets.

Turner, now the principal of Falcon Ridge Elementary School, Huffman IDS’s new school for the 2018-209 school year is overwhelmed and amazed by the new building.

“You walk in every morning, and you’re amazed at how blessed you are to work in a building like this and to see students arrive to school,” she said. “They’re happy, and they’re excited. I think that the environment plays into that a great deal.”

The $21 million, 111,000 square foot-building located at the corner of Wolf Road and FM 2100 is a new model of building unlike anything Turner has seen in her 25 years as an educator.

Her favorite part of the building is the big common area in the middle of the first floor.

“It is inviting,” she said. “Students want to read and find a comfortable place to hang out and talk with their friends. Teachers love it too. They tend to come in in the morning if they don’t have duty. You can do so much with it. It’s not just a library. It’s just such a great use of space that it can be used in a variety of ways.”

Other unique aspects of the building include smart touch screens in every room, classroom walls and tables that can be written on and flexible furniture.

Falcon Ridge also features a full-size gym and a 280-student cafeteria.

The building has a capacity of 850 students. Right now, there are about 750 Falcon Ridge Elementary students.

“I’m excited to see what the year’s going to bring and see what else kids are going to teach us about this model,” Turner said. “It’s been a wild ride, but it’s been wonderful.”

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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