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Scarborough Elementary holds virtual grand opening of new campus

AERIAL VIEW OF THE NEW SCARBOROUGH ELEMENTARY, AT THE CORNER OF EAST LITTLE YORK AND BENTLEY ROAD.

ALDINE – Scarborough Elementary School hosted a virtual grand opening on Friday April 23 to celebrate its new campus. The virtual celebration was live online at HoustonISD.org/LiveTV.

Scarborough was among four HISD elementary schools that had to be rebuilt after receiving significant damage and flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Students and staff were forced to temporarily relocate while the schools were razed and rebuilt.

Though the new school opened to students in the fall of 2020, Scarborough Principal Miriam Medina said having a virtual grand opening marked their official homecoming.

“It’s symbolic to us that we survived, and that Scarborough is strong,” Medina said. “The Huskies will keep on going.”

The two-story, 91,300 square-foot building features open, brightly colored learning spaces, abundant natural light, and extended learning spaces throughout the building for student collaboration. The $23 million facility can accommodate about 750 students. The new building was built on the same site as the previous school, but after the demolition of the flood damaged building, the new school was reconstructed several feet higher to mitigate future flood damage.

Present at the Virtual Grand Opening were Scarborough Elementary School Principal Miriam Medina, HISD Board of Education Trustee Kathy Blueford-Daniels, and HISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan.