Meadows Elementary celebrates long legacy of excellence, looks forward to bright future (5/22/19)
Campus celebrated 45th anniversary
FORT BEND ISD (May 22, 2019) – Looking to its rich history and proud heritage, Meadows Elementary celebrated its 45th anniversary on Tuesday, May 21. The evening included words from Principal Courtney Dickey, FBISD’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre, and Charles Jessup, the mayor of Meadows Place.
The evening began with a touching video tribute to the school’s history and leaders over the years, and many visitors to the celebration looked over old yearbooks and photographs, and reminisced with those they hadn’t seen in some time. And as a special treat, multiple generations of Meadows students sang the school song, both current students and former students who now work at Meadows as staff.
Meadows Elementary opened in 1973 as one of FBISD’s earliest elementary campuses, and from the beginning, it was seen as a community school. The school was opened as an open-concept school, without many interior walls or doors, where students and teachers could see and interact easier with each other. Ray Ledger, a legend in the District with more than 35 years of service, served as Meadows’s first principal and established a legacy of achievement and dedication that continues to live on today.
Following Ledger was a succession of FBISD stalwarts – Rita Drabek, Terri Harris, Scotty Bass, Irma Cobos and Michele Labus, each adding to the school’s lasting record of inclusion and family-like community. Each former principal shared how she saw Meadows as a special place for her and for FBISD.
Mayor Jessup, who has served for decades in the City of Meadows Place, continues to see Meadows Elementary as the “heartbeat of the community.”
“Tonight, I’m looking at the past, standing in the present, and looking toward the future, and that’s the way Meadows has always been,” he said.
Meadows Elementary will be demolished at the end of this school year, to make way for a brand new campus to open in a few years, but Principal Dickey remained adamant that nothing would be different. She promised students, families and community members that Meadows will return better than ever.
“The walls here at Meadows Elementary will never define our school,” she said. “We’re not just transitioning, we’re transforming. We are merely turning the page and starting a new chapter.”