Temple: New Belton ISD school dedicated

Staff, students and Belton ISD administrators joined community partners Tuesday to celebrate the opening of Charter Oak Elementary School. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Staff, students and Belton ISD administrators joined community partners Tuesday to celebrate the opening of Charter Oak Elementary School.

Principal Jennifer Conner began the event, recognizing Charter Oak’s military Adopt A Unit, the 49th Transportation Battalion at Fort Hood.

Belton ISD Deputy Superintendent Robert Muller followed Conner in acknowledging community leaders and district partners in attendance including leaders of the cities of Belton and Temple, State Rep. Hugh Shine, R-Temple, and the architecture and engineering firms involved in the construction.

Construction of the school, which is inside the Temple city limits, was funded with proceeds from a bond issue approved in May 2017.

The school’s name comes from the historic live oak tree, known as the Charter Oak, along the east bank of the Leon River, near the City of Belton, where the first election in Bell County was held in 1850.

School officials say the school is not currently at capacity, and was built to accommodate major growth projected in the area.

"We have a lot of room to grow so as the homes are built in this area, we're ready we're ready for growth ready to take these kiddos to the next level." Board President, Sue Jordan, said.