The Edmond Sun
Deer Creek —
Amid smiles and a few tears, Deer Creek Public School District’s fifth elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, opened its doors to students for the first time Thursday morning.
“We had 355 students report to Spring Creek today which is what we anticipated,” said Lenis DeRieux, executive director of Human Resources & Communications for the district.
Principal Michelle Eidson was greeting parents and students and helping parents leave the site off North Rockwell.
The Jason Thomas family of five have just moved from Piedmont and both mom, Cherami Thomas, and dad were taking two of their three children to the gymnasium to get ready for the day to begin.
Kindergartner Tatum Thomas, dressed in pink and purple, said she had spent a lot of time deciding on what to wear for her first day at her new school. She had traded in her Hello Kitty backpack from last year into a new Minnie Mouse one this year.
“I was looking forward to recess,” Tatum said, “but where is my playground?”
Although the school is finished, the playground and landscaping are not complete yet.
Her brother Ashton Thomas will be in the fourth grade this year and said he is excited about having Lori Bailey as his teacher. Bailey taught Ashton’s older brother, Saxon, last year in Piedmont and she also moved to the Deer Creek Public School District to teach.
Ashton said he is excited about physical education and he had read a lot of books while staying at his grandmother’s house this summer.
Little Ryker, Tatum and Ashton’s younger brother, was not going to be left out.
“I have a playground and a play room at my school,” Ryker said. He attends Mother’s Day Out at a local church.
“We feel very fortunate and appreciative that Spring Creek was able to open for students today,” DeRieux said. “With any new building, there will always be items that need to be addressed, but we know that Flintco will continue to work on those and that our excellent staff at Spring Creek Elementary will ensure that great learning is taking place regardless.
“The parents at Spring Creek students have been extremely supportive and for that we are very appreciative. The principal at Spring Creek, Michelle Eidson, has done an outstanding job at preparing procedures, managing the many items that come up with constructing a new site, hiring an great staff, and communicating to parents.”
Spring Creek Elementary is at 14300 N. Rockwell Ave. and cost approximately $12.5 million.