PHOTOS: Tomball ISD celebrates opening of 11th elementary school, agricultural project center

Several FFA students from Tomball Memorial and Tomball high schools attended the ribbon-cutting with district leadership Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Several FFA students from Tomball Memorial and Tomball high schools attended the ribbon-cutting with district leadership Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Several FFA students from Tomball Memorial and Tomball high schools attended the ribbon-cutting with district leadership Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora addressed district officials, community representatives and construction partners during the Sept. 4 ribbon cutting for Grand Oaks Elementary School, the district's 11th elementary school. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Board President Michael Pratt addressed district leaders and community members at the Sept. 4 ribbon cutting for Grand Oaks Elementary School. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Principal Niesa Glenewinkel (far left), Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora (center) and the Tomball ISD board of trustees gather at the ribbon cutting for Grand Oaks Elementary School on Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Visitors for the ribbon cutting were able to tour the entryway of the new elementary school; additional tours were limited due to COVID-19 precautions. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Grand Oaks Elementary's library features the blue and green colors seen throughout the school hallways. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Visitors for the ribbon cutting were able to tour the entryway of the new elementary school; additional tours were limited due to COVID-19 precautions. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tomball ISD officials, board members, students and community members celebrated the completion of the Tomball High School Agricultural Science Project Center, located behind the high school, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Several FFA students from Tomball Memorial and Tomball high schools attended the ribbon cutting with district leadership Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Several FFA students from Tomball Memorial and Tomball high schools attended the ribbon cutting with district leadership Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Salazar-Zamora applauded the board members for their support of the district's new facilities and 2017 bond referendum, which more than 70% of voters approved in November 2017, she said. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tomball ISD officials, board members, students and community members celebrated the completion of the Tomball High School Agricultural Science Project Center, located behind the high school, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tomball ISD officials, board members, students and community members celebrated the completion of the Tomball High School Agricultural Science Project Center, located behind the high school, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tomball ISD officials, board members, students and community members celebrated the completion of the Tomball High School Agricultural Science Project Center, located behind the high school, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Tomball ISD community celebrated the completion of two projects Sept. 4 funded by the district's $275 million 2017 bond referendum.

The first of the new facilities to open, Grand Oaks Elementary School, is located near Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway. It will welcome its first students Sept. 8.

The Tomball High School Agricultural Science Project Center has also been completed. It is located behind the high school at Baker and Zion roads.

Grand Oaks is the district's 11th elementary school, and Niesa Glenewinkel will serve as its principal.

"It is the first elementary school located here at the Elmer and Dorothy Beckendorf Educational Complex," Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said. "As you can clearly see, this is a very exciting time for all of us at Tomball. It represents the growth that continues to happen and the fact that people not only want to stay in our community but want to come to our destination excellence district."


Community Impact Newspaper previously reported Grand Oaks will accommodate 900 students in grades K-4 within its 112,000-square-foot space. Its construction had a total budget of $28.61 million, a decrease from the initial allocation of $31 million outlined in the bond referendum. Grand Oaks is located near Grand Lakes Junior High and the district stadium and community center, both slated to open in 2021.

"These new facilities that you will witness today are a bold reflection of the commitment to education that Tomball has had for years and will continue to have," Salazar-Zamora said.

TISD officials also celebrated the ribbon-cutting Sept. 4 for the agricultural science project center at Tomball High School with students from the district's Future Farmers of America program in attendance.

Community Impact Newspaper previously reported the facility features an agricultural barn and an instructional nature center with two 900-square-foot classrooms. The project had a total budget of $7.08 million, according to district information. Although the center will be a home for students to house their animals for the annual TISD FFA Project Show, the show will continue to be held in the barn on the THS campus, said Allison Suarez, Tomball ISD director of communications and marketing.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.