Caldwell Foundation Gives $2.3 Million To Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy
A hefty donation means more space and more students at one Tyler School.
The Caldwell Foundation plans to donate $2.3 million to the Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy. It will be used to build 13 additional classrooms and more than 19,000 square feet in additional space.
Principal Rebecca Clapp was ecstatic about the news.
"Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable," she said. "We didn't know. No one knew before right now. So, we are just so excited. I can see (the students and staff) now, jumping up and down, that we're going to be able to continue what we started here at Caldwell."
"There has always been a demand for Caldwell Elementary School," said TISD Superintendent Dr. David Simmons about the school's enrollment. "What this will do, it won't allow us to serve every child perhaps, but this will greatly increase our capacity to serve the children that reside in this area and families that want to transfer children under a magnet transfer."
"The emphasis for the foundation is on education and the quality of life and education of children," said Dr. Michael McArthur, Chairman of the Board for the Caldwell Foundation.
Since 2002, Caldwell has been named one of the best school's in the state. Wednesday's donation was the second phase of a $4 million donation in 1999 from the foundation to renovate the school. TISD hopes to complete the construction in time for the 2006-2007 school year.