Bowman Woods Elementary opened August 25, 1969 under the leadership of the school’s first Principal, Roger Messerly. At the time, Bowman Woods had a staff of 23. In the early days of Bowman Woods, there was the main building and four classroom pods. Three of the pods contained six rooms while the kindergarten pod contained three classrooms. The administrative building housed the library, art and music rooms and an all-purpose room.
Six acres of land on Bowman Road, what became known as Boyson Road in 1976, was purchased from Thomas and Jean Evans in June of 1968 for $7,413. This would become the site of Bowman Woods Elementary.
It was named after the new housing development being established nearby. The lure of what developers called, “the country club you live in” continued at a rapid pace for years to come.
To keep up with continued student population growth, additions were made to Bowman Woods elementary over the next several years.
The school went through an extensive renovation in 1995. A new pod was added to house a much-improved media center.
In 2002, a new gymnasium was added to the school, and the multi-purpose room was divided into classroom space.
In 1995, the school received a First in the Nation in Education (FINE) award for its school-wide assistance program that focused on activities and support groups to make school a success for all students. The school was also a FINE award recipient in 1994 for its special programs. The school offered over 20 different clubs and coop groups that students could volunteer for or were recommended to.
- 1968 – Bowman Woods constructed
- 1969 – Bowman Woods opens, August 25
- 1969 – Multi-purpose room, two classroom pods and two kindergarten rooms added
- 1970 – One pod and six classrooms added
- 1995 – New media center added, extensive renovation
- 2002 – New gymnasium added
The school’s Code of Cooperation, “The Pride Starts Here,” and is based on the following principles: Promoting Positive Attitudes, Respect Yourself and Others, Insist on Your Personal Best, Discuss and Listen Actively, Expect Honesty and Be Trustworthy.
Today, Bowman Woods Principal Tina March and a staff of more than 65 provide a strong academic start to more than 480 students in grades K-5.