For Immediate Release — August 17, 2018 | Americas
Jade Fulce: Public Affairs Officer | (571) 372-0604
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — August 17, 2018 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Region will open a brand new 21st-century elementary school at Marine Corps Air Station at New River, North Carolina Aug. 27.
DeLalio Elementary School is 66,430 square feet and can hold up to 350 students from pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade.
“We are so excited to be able to offer our DeLalio families a world-class learning environment that they so richly deserve,” said Mr. Todd Curkendall, the Camp Lejeune Community Superintendent. “The school, neighborhoods, studios and common areas for learning are second to none. Our school facilities aboard Camp Lejeune and at other locations are a direct reflection of DoDEA’s commitment to serving our military-connected children.”
DeLalio Elementary School is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified facility with sustainable design strategies and enhancements for energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. There are 21st Century teaching tools such as a rooftop learning space to assist, solar demonstration panels, solar panels for hot water, and an energy dashboard for monitoring utility use are incorporated into the building.
"At DeLalio we pledge to promote excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere,” said Ms. Wyonia Chevis, the DeLalio Elementary School principal. “We are so eager to move into our 21st Century building to continue the 21st Century style of teaching and learning which has become contagious at DeLalio over the years with the staff and students. We believe in every child and know that every child can learn. We will provide the best rigorous learning environment and enhance student achievement for all of our students.”
The school is named after Marine Lt. Col. Armond Hector DeLalio, who was born in Plainview, New York on July 17, 1917. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves on Jan. 15, 1940 and became an aviation cadet then commissioned as Second Lieutenant on Nov. 1, 1940.
DeLalio served in the Marine Corps with distinction and helped develop the Marine Aviation Helicopter program. In 1942, DeLalio was awarded the Navy Cross for his dive bombing performance in the Battle of Midway as a captain. In 1946, as a major, DeLalio was designated Helicopter Pilot Number 16. DeLalio was killed Jan. 5, 1952 at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland in a jet-assisted helicopter take-off. During his career, DeLalio was also awarded two Purple Hearts, Presidential Unit Citation with Ribbon Bar; American Defense Service with Base Clasp and Star; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign; World War II Victory; and National Defense Service.
The old DeLalio building will be demolished, and new parking lots will be constructed in its footprint.
A school dedication ceremony is scheduled at Marine Corps Air Station at New River October 18. For more information about the school, visit the school homepage.