On Monday, Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School will welcome students for the first time, but before they do, 8 News NOW received an inside look at the new campus.
Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary is the first elementary school in the Inspirada neighborhood in Henderson. It was also the first ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new superintendent of the Clark County School District, Jesus Jara.
Dr. Jara was surrounded by educators, and families, all excited to celebrate the opening of Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Dr. Jara. “It’s a great way to start my tenure right here at this great school.”
The school is named after a couple known in the community for their contributions to education.
“It was a proud moment,” said Robert Ellis, the school was named after him and his wife. “We were humbled today seeing all the people here.”
The wife and husband duo began donating their own money to local schools 14 years ago after selling their business.
It started with one school, but now it’s up to 25.
Robert Ellis sees it as an investment in the future of his community, but he believes more can be done, especially to help teachers.
“Ninety-six percent of the teachers come out of pocket to pay for supplies for students,” said Ellis. “Twenty-eight percent of the 96 percent spend over a $1,000.”
Many parents are doing their part; many showed up to the school with bags of supplies Friday. One mother even brought a wagon.
“We’re excited and we’re happy to open it and we’re happy to donate as much as we possibly can,” said Lindsay Hepworth, a parent.
The new school will accommodate 850 students.
“I know the school is going to help because I live like four blocks away from the school,” said Nathan Broderick, a student starting fifth grade.
Nathan got all dressed up to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at his new school.
“I just wanted to look nice for the ribbon cutting,” said Broderick.
It cost about $30 million to build the new school and it’s not the only one.