Two schools to be dedicated later this month

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Aug. 4—The Royse City Independent School District is inviting the community to two special school dedication ceremonies and open house opportunities. The consecutive celebrations are scheduled Saturday, Aug. 27, with the first at the Glenda Arnold Early Childhood Learning Center, 1400 FM 1777 at 2 p.m.

The center and replaces Ruth Cherry Elementary and will serve the district's early learners, pre-k students and house the district's employee childcare facility.

Arnold was a lifetime resident of Royse City and a graduate of Royse City High School. She was hired by Royse City ISD in 1978, taught in the early childhood and the special education classroom, was an educational diagnostician, and oversaw and led the special education department for RCISD before becoming the principal at Davis Elementary.

After her retirement from Davis Elementary, she returned to the district to continue to serve her school community as a special education diagnostician.

The second dedication and open house will be at the new Ruth Cherry Elementary School, 1450 Verandah Blvd., at 4 p.m.

With the passage of the 2021 bond referendum, the community supported a measure to rebuild a larger and newer school replacement for the school community. Located in Verandah Estates, the new school will help address rapid student enrollment growth and provide an exciting learning environment for students in grades kindergarten through fifth.

Cherry began teaching in 1965 in Royse City ISD and enjoyed a 28-year career in education. She served as a principal in Royse City ISD until her retirement in 1998. Cherry is an active supporter and visitor of her namesake school.