CMSD Chief Academic Officer Michelle Pierre-Farid joined Cleveland Councilman Jay Westbrook, Almira School Principal LaVerne Hooks and other officials Wednesday afternoon to officially open the new K-8 school on West 99th Street in Cleveland.
Students had actually arrived at the school Tuesday and were shown around the new building by teachers and other staff. Many students were joined by parents, grandparents or guardians. Almira was one of three new District schools to open Tuesday, along with Orchard and Miles K-8 schools.
CMSD Board Chair Denise Link spoke to a packed gymnasium on Wednesday, reminding the students that while the new building was filled with impressive amenities that they would always be the most important asset at Almira and at all District schools.
Westbrook and Councilwoman Dona Brady each spoke, connecting the community with the District, emphasizing it as a partnership necessary for the success of both. Principal Hooks presented Westbrook with a trophy in honor of his numerous years as councilman representing the Almira neighborhoods.
Almira students Debbie Eves, Keisha Cruz, William Sommerer and Ta'Mya Woolfolk each introduced the speakers and two singing groups made up of kindergarteners and first graders and then third- and fourth-graders, entertained the crowd.
Principal Hooks also thanked SPO President Kim Miller, the head of the parent organization who had also been a CMSD student.