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Community leaders, parents celebrate Marionneaux dedication

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Community leaders involved with the planning and construction of Marionneaux Elementary School participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 28. (West Valley View photo by Israel Gonzalez)

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, Buckeye Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Sandvik, and Marionneaux Elementary School Principal Nick Forgette praise the staff and leaders of the new facility. (West Valley View photo by Israel Gonzalez)

By Israel Gonzalez

Local community leaders and more than 100 parents and students celebrated the dedication for Buckeye Elementary School District’s newest school, Marionneaux Elementary School, on July 28.

The new school, located at 24155 W. Roeser Road, is built on 15 acres of land and is 86,174 square feet. Tamara Caraway, executive vice president of Hunt and Caraway Architects, hopes the school will become a notable place in the community.

“My dream, vision, wish for the Marionneaux Elementary School community and the city of Buckeye community is that this school be a very special place that unlocks the secrets of learning, providing that place where you remember your favorite teacher,” Caraway said.

The new school will serve kindergarten through eighth-grade students and was built with a warm, educational environment in mind.

“We want to create an environment for our parents, our students and our community members that it is a very warm welcoming school,” said Nick Forgette, Marionneaux Elementary School principal. “We want to create that bond, that partnership with our community to help raise our students. To help educate our students.”

The facility features three main buildings, one dedicated to kindergarten through fifth-grade classes, another for sixth-grade through eighth-grade classes and the third housing a gymnasium, kitchen and library. The sixth-grade through eighth-grade building was built to emulate a middle school, Forgette said.

The school is also one of the few with its own gymnasium. Marionneaux features state-of-the-art technology in the STEM and science classrooms, including an interactive tablet wall with more than 30 touch points. It is the first time this wall has been used in the country, Forgette said.

“We’ve been planning this project for the past 14 to 15 months,” Forgette said. “A lot of intentional thought went into the planning of the educational programming and the facilities itself.”

Marionneaux was designed to be safe and secure, with the front office door being the only open entrance during school hours. The school has large fields, multiple basketball courts and many playgrounds.

Even Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck was impressed.

“Schools were and are so very important to our town, now city,” Meck said. “Ensuring our children to receive a good education is also one of the most important components a city can provide its residents. The city of Buckeye is thrilled to have a great relationship with the Buckeye Elementary School District.”

Marionneaux Elementary School is the eighth school in the Buckeye Elementary School District and has more than 700 registered students for the school year that began August 2. Forgette is excited for the new year.

“We’re just excited to finally see the project all come together,” Forgette said. “We want to get kids in here for Meet the Teacher Night and have those kids walk through the doors on August 2. Ultimately, that’s what we’re here for. That’s what it’s about.”  

 
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