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Escuela Smart Academy hosts its grand opening

 

By La Prensa Staff

 

TOLEDO, August 17, 2019: Escuela SMART Academy took the next official step in its evolution to a bilingual public school, when Toledo Public Schools officials and school founders cut the ribbon on a new, permanent location during a grand opening celebration held Tuesday, August 13, 2019. The celebration included food, children’s activities, school tours, kindergarten registration, and community resources.

 

There was a separate open house for parents on Thursday, August 15, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The first day of school was a half-day of classes on Friday, August 16.

 

Escuela Smart Academy is located at 617 Western Ave., Toledo; it is the former Westfield Elementary School.  The new formatted school’s emblem contains its name with the word “Alebrijes,” which are brightly colored Mexican art sculptures of mythical creatures. 

 

TPS and the board at the then-charter school reached agreement last spring to merge and become a public school. Toledo education officials were looking to establish a bilingual elementary and the fast-growing charter school [Preschool – 6] was looking for a new building, quickly, about to outgrow its maximum capacity of 250 students at its location on Airport Highway.

 

Principal Jessica Molina Kuhlman remains in place, as do the administrative staff and teachers. But the charter school became a magnet school, allowing TPS to recruit new students from outside the district. The school also expanded to include the sixth grade and a preschool. Those moves increase the school’s capacity by more than 100 students. 

 

Parents of current students had to re-enroll them because of the move to TPS, but that wasn’t a problem. The staff ran out of more than 100 enrollment packets during an informational meeting last spring explaining the switch to TPS. At the time, Mrs. Molina Kuhlman called the merger a “win-win situation” for both students and TPS.

 

In addition to Ms. Molina Kuhlman and TPS’ Dr. Durant addressing the grand opening audience, the following also made comments about the success of the switch to TPS: Ohio Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, TPS Board Vice President Bob Vásquez, Ms. Lourdes Santiago [advisory board president of Escuela SMART], and Escuela Smart Academy 6th grade student Santos Nieto.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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