Prosper ISD hosts 2 ribbon cutting ceremonies for elementary schools

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Johnson Elementary is named in honor of Sam Johnson, a member of the Texas House of Representatives then the U.S. Congress from 1985-2019.

While nobody can dispute that Covid-19 has caused a change in schedules and for school districts to need to adjust how things are done, two schools in Prosper ISD  may have had the most interesting year.  Johnson Elementary school and Rushing middle school hosted their ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, a full nine months after first allowing students and staff in the building.  

The ceremonies were postponed because of health and safety concerns regarding Covid in the fall.  With the increase of students in the district, the space was needed, and the schools were ready to be used.  Now that the CDC allows for people to gather outside safely, the ribbon cutting ceremonies were hosted, albeit a bit late.

Johnson Elementary is named in honor of Sam Johnson, a member of the Texas House of Representatives then the U.S. Congress from 1985-2019.  Johnson graduated from Southern Methodist University and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel and pilot.  “Sam Johnson dedicated his professional career to making both Texas and America a better place to live and work,” Communications staff at PISD said. 

Johnson Elementary is located at 4001 Waterview Trail in Celina.  The principal is Alissa Andrews, who has worked as a teacher, curriculum designer, assistant principal, and principal.  “It is my mission to honor the Johnson family, to serve and welcome our students, families, and staff members, and to provide a wonderful education experience for our students,” Andrews said on the school webpage.  “This is a journey that takes all of us in order to achieve complete success and I hope you are just as excited as I am to support and cheer (on) our students.”  

Rushing Middle School is named in honor of William Rushing.  Rushing taught, coached, was an assistant principal, principal, administrative assistant, and finally superintendent of schools.   According to the Communications staff at PISD, “during his tenure as superintendent, the district began its growth and he was involved in three bond referendums as PISD moved forward to meet the community’s vision for education.  Upon retirement in 2002, Rushing stayed with the district for two years to help with transition items before taking a role with Frisco ISD.”  

Rushing Middle School also hosted the ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 8th.  This middle school is located on 3080 Fishtrap Road in Prosper.  The principal of this school is Danielle Wallace.  “No matter what grade level or subject I taught, it was and is my unwavering belief that all students can learn at high levels and enjoy amazing success,” Wallace said on the school webpage.  “It is one of my single biggest joys to watch students explore, grow, and create as they ready themselves for challenges ahead.  After nearly thirty years as an educator, I still get just as excited about the first day of school as I did walking into that classroom in San Bernardino, CA in 1991.”

In a statement from Superintendent Dr. Holly Ferguson, she said, “we are excited to celebrate these new campuses and the namesakes for each one.”  As Prosper ISD continues to grow, more schools are slated to open in the upcoming years.  Bryant Elementary and Reeves Elementary will host their ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.