Denver Mayor Hancock Speaks at Lowry School (DMIS) Groundbreaking
Denver Montclair International School (DMIS), the region’s oldest international school, is renovating one of the former Lowry Air Force Base buildings on the school campus. DMIS celebrated the groundbreaking of this renovation with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver City Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman and Colorado State Senator Pat Steadman Monday morning.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock spoke at the event about the importance of education and the redevelopment of the City and County of Denver, including the historic Lowry neighborhood. DMIS 6th graders addressed the crowd in the four languages of the school; English, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Adam Sexton, director of DMIS, opened the ceremony
proudly announcing that the school has been ranked as one of the top ten Spanish language-immersion schools in the nation.
Interestingly, DMIS is the only school of the group
not located on either the east or west coast.
The new addition to the DMIS campus will be the renovation
of what was called the “peacekeeper” building.
Throughout the existence of Lowry Air Force base (1938-1994), the “peacekeeper”
was home to the Air Force Military Police.
Remnants of the holding cell jail bars which still exist in the basement of the building
will be maintained to discipline unruly students, Sexton joked.
But the real plans for the building include a full cafeteria, science labs
and classroom for the growing middle school. A newly landscaped park will link
the space between the ECE building and the revamped peacekeeper site.
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