Making Lyons Mill official


Under a picture-perfect morning sky, the Lyons Mill Elementary School community celebrated the beginning of a tradition of academic excellence. Witnessed by a spirited sea of students, staff, and supporters – almost all wearing blue and green (the school colors, of course), the ribbon was cut to celebrate the official opening of the $31 million school.

While the school opened to students in August, the Oct. 22 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked a special moment in the school’s young life. And Principal Maralee Clark and her staff made sure they celebrated with an event that both showed school pride and demonstrated the excitement of the day.

“We are incredibly proud to call this gorgeous building our school, (and) we want to thank all of our business partners and our community supporters who helped us make these opportunities possible,” Clark said. “It is an exciting time to be an elementary school student!”

Assisted by Clark, BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance, and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, students from each of the school’s six grade levels snipped the lime-green ribbon amid a crescendo of snapshots and applause.

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The ceremony also featured a musical selection from Grade 5 students accompanied by the Grade 5 string ensemble, remarks from Kamenetz, Dance, and Board of Education President David Uhlfelder, and student cheers in both Spanish and English. The Spanish cheers were a nod to Lyons Mills’ status as a BCPS Passport School piloting second language Spanish acquisition.

With more than 90,000 square feet of space, the school incorporates bold colors and dramatic architectural design to create an inviting and stimulating learning environment for children. At 700 seats, the school was built to help relieve enrollment pressures at other northwest area elementary schools.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshments in the school’s unique courtyard adjacent to the media center.

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