Early Childhood Education center opens its doors

Board of Education members, administrators, state legislators, local elected officials and pupils celebrate the grand opening of Lindbergh Schools' new 28,650-square-foot Early Childhood Education center at 4814 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Board of Education members, administrators, state legislators, local elected officials and pupils celebrate the grand opening of Lindbergh Schools’ new 28,650-square-foot Early Childhood Education center at 4814 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Lindbergh Schools on Friday welcomed board members, administrators, legislators and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of a new Early Childhood Education center at 4814 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Lindbergh Early Childhood Education, which serves youngsters ages 2 through prekindergarten, opened its doors for pupils Monday on the campus of Lindbergh High School. Friday’s ribbon cutting marks completion of the first building project in Proposition R 2008 — a $31 million bond issue designed to reduce overcrowding at Sperreng Middle School and create neighborhood schools district-wide.

The ECE building was designed by Ittner Architects and built by Diestelkamp Construction. When Prop R 2008 is complete, Lindbergh Schools will include one high school, two middle schools, five expanded elementary schools and the early childhood education facility.

The new 28,650-square-foot Lindbergh ECE building is specifically designed for early childhood education, with 14 larger classrooms, and features including:

• A fully enclosed playground.

• Restrooms in each classroom.

• An “action room” — multipurpose areas — that will also serve as the new Board of Education meeting room.

• LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — green building design features.

• State-of-the-art security system.

• Convenient handwashing station in the main lobby for parents, children and visitors.