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AJH dedication draws big crowd

 Just over two years from when voters approved a $38.2 million bond, most of which went to a new junior high school, Alvarado ISD held a dedication ceremony for the community Sunday afternoon.

Nearly 350 community members came to celebrate the opening of the district’s first school since 2009.

“The energy and enthusiasm from all attending was outstanding,” said Dr. Kenneth Estes, Alvarado ISD Superintendent. “I don’t think we could have asked for a better dedication or opening of this incredible learning facility.”

Speakers included Board president Tom Head, Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Estes, Principal Melodye Brooks, Assistant Superintendent of Operations Mark Ratcliff, former Superintendent Dr. Chester Juroska and Chief Financial Officer Rodney Toon.

Toon presented an oversized check for $3 million to the Bond Planning Committee that represented the amount of approved bond funds the district did not sell.

“Our operations team, administrators and school board were great stewards of the money and did an excellent job working with our architects and builder to keep cost down,” Estes said. “It is truly a blessing to save over $3 million on a project of this size. ”

Following the ceremony Alvarado Junior High staff and members of the spirit squad helped guide tours for interested community members.