KILLEEN (August 24, 2014) When a new elementary school was announced for Killeen ISD last year, it went months without a name.
For the teachers and parents of Fowler Elementary, the new school meant having to say goodbye to the treasured halls of Fowler that had long been a staple of KISD.
Fowler would close at the end of the 2013-2014 school year this past June.
But through immense support of the school's staff and parents, Fowler gets to live on, and Sunday, the brand new Fowler Elementary was dedicated in a ceremony held in the school's cafeteria.
"They really didn't want to close that school. They loved that school," says president of the KISD Board of Trustees Terry Delano.
"The Fowler Staff overwhelmingly wanted to keep the Fowler name."
The new school is roughly three times the size of the original Fowler Elementary, and much of the dedicated staff made the move to the new location.
"These teachers really have a passion for education," Delano adds.
"They have a passion for these kids. I think it's a very good feeling to know we have that kind of dedication in our district."
According to principal Debbie Drever, having Dr. Joseph Fowler's name on the school means that, "the history can really become clear and that we can elaborate on that and bring the history with us. It's so exciting."
It's the staff's dedication to education, and the deeply-rooted traditions of Fowler elementary that give assistant principal Kim Rogers reason to believe that the new school is destined for great things in the years to come.
"We're going to be one of the best schools in the district," she says.