It’s coming into that time of year with buses rolling around the corner to pick up students and books cracking open as school kids are getting ready to start on a new school year. And with a new year comes a couple of new Prosper ISD campuses.

Beginning the 2015-16 school year, PISD had one high school, forgrades 9-12, one middle school for grades 7-8, one intermediate school for grades 5-6 and five elementary schools for grades Pre-k-4.

This year, in as sure a sign as possible of the town’s booming population, not one but two brand new elementary schools will be opening their doors as Hughes Elementary and Windsong Elementary will welcome new students to campus.

On Sunday, both elementary schools were recognized with a ribbon cutting and a community welcome. The first school to officially open was Windsong Elementary, located in the Windsong Ranch neighborhood just off of Highway 380. Principal Kardel Miller spoke at the event and joined in the ribbon cutting along with the PISD school board. It was a well-attended event as the cafeteria was full to capacity.

While Windsong may have been the first to open, there was no shortage of attendance for the ribbon cutting at Jim and Betty Hughes Elementary school shorty afterward. Hughes Elementary is located off of Coit and 380 and while zoned in the City of McKinney it falls under the Prosper school district zoning.

The school was named after Jim and Betty Hughes for the commitment they have had for the Town of Prosper and everything they have done to help the community thrive. Unfortunately, Jim Hughes is no longer with us to celebrate the opening of this elementary school, but Betty Hughes gave a heartwarming speech to commemorate the addition. Tiffany Jones will be the principal of Hughes Elementary. Jones was a former vice principal at Rogers Middle School and held a special connection with the students there, which she hopes to share with these young learners.

Jones spoke at the event about the long wait and time-consuming work which goes into the preparation of a new school.

“As my friends and family all know, I am not good at waiting — and from the looks on everyone’s faces right now I’m sure they are as ready as I am.”

The ribbon cutting was held and led by Betty Hughes.

“Even though Jim could not be with us we made sure his blue pick-up truck was the first to drive up to and park at this school,” she said.

Following the ribbon cutting, families were welcome to tour the school and purchase Hughes elementary spirit wear.

Both elementary schools opening meant many emotions filling the room for the long term residents of Prosper who have been here from diapers through adulthood. It was a day celebrated and enjoyed throughout the district.

Press Photos by Tish Cama