Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Principal Rosa Peña showed us around, and what a beautiful campus it is. A two-story building on 14 acres, it contains 32 classrooms, a fantastic library, cafetorium, playfields, and jogging track. Designed with the environment in mind, it has rain collection barrels, ample daylighting, and a smaller site footprint. We're expecting to receive a two-star rating through the City of Austin Green Building Program. The site also has many mature oak trees and can offer opportunities for science learning in "outdoor classrooms." The campus has capacity for 700 students, so there is room for growth in future years.
By the way, if your children are going to be Baldwin Bobcats, student registration starts on Wednesday, August 11.
This is the seventh of eight schools to be constructed by the 2004 Apple At Work Bond Program. I want to thank Austin voters who approved that bond election — as well as the 2008 bond — as they have enabled us to build new schools and complete much-needed renovations and improvements to existing campuses.
This new school is named for Ross F. Baldwin, a long-time AISD student mentor, and a successful business owner and community leader. In 2005, he was named AISD's Mentor of the Year, after mentoring children for 30 years at Joslin Elementary. Mr. Baldwin died in 2007 at the age of 82, but his name will live on in the hard work of students and teachers at Baldwin Elementary.
Mark your calendars for the Dedication of Baldwin Elementary which will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 14.