Brown hosts open house

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

Several students were beaming with pride Tuesday as their families took a tour of their new classrooms at Brown Early Childhood Center.

The kindergarten wing of the school, which opened Jan. 9, held a community open house Tuesday with students, families, teachers and even the contractors who built the school on hand.

“The classrooms are just fantastic,” said Travis Erwin, a parent of a kindergarten student at the school. “They’re so well equipped.”

With refrigerators and sinks (in each classroom) it’s just a really cool place,” added Travis’ wife Carol Erwin.

The $4 million addition, which includes 12 spacious classrooms, was designed by the state’s architect firm Greer Stafford SJCF and built by Nick Griego and Sons Construction of Clovis.

“I think it came out real nice,” construction supervisor Gerald Griego said. “I just hope everyone is as pleased with it as we are.”

The addition features a giant skylight in the central atrium and large windows throughout.

Brown Principal Jackie Burns said the windows and the natural light are the things she likes best about the new building.

“The teachers are loving it and the children seem to be very happy here,” Burns said. “It’s just a pleasant place to be.”

As for the Erwin’s son Joseph, 6, he likes the bright blue colors and the colored tiles that help children find the right classroom.

“It’s bigger,” Joseph said of his classroom.

Michael Lego took a tour of his daughter Kendra Lego’s classroom Tuesday and liked what he saw.

“I like it, I’m glad they’ve got a new classroom,” Michael Lego said. “At least they’re not cramped into a tiny space.”