Insights Museum gets new future at empty Alamo Elementary School

Insights Museum gets new future at empty Alamo Elementary School
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POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 8:42pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 9:06pm

After a crushing blow to both their building and their hopes, the future of the Insights Museum is finally stabilizing.

"From devastation to now an absolute promise. This is going to be a new beginning and it's going to allow us just a new start," said Soraya Yanarhanshew, with the Insights Board.

Tonight the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved housing and helping fund the Insights Museum at Alamo Elementary School in Segundo Barrio.

"An unused building that's in an area that could use a little revitalization, so it makes sense to do it," EPISD Board of Trustees President Dee Margo.

Alamo Elementary School has been empty for seven years and now the old building is being repurposed.

"Win, win all the way around," said Margo.

There will be new and improved exhibits in the museum. Some are already in the making.

"He had on old iron lung. Oh I'd like to see that," said Margo as he was referencing an offer from the County Medical Society to donate exhibits to Insights."The learning experience, and the learning environment. It's gotta be a positive."

In exchange for funding and use of the building, EPISD students get to go for free.

"They need science. They need math. They need art and those are the things we plan on providing. Everyone wants to see this kind of service in El Paso. El Paso is too big to not have it, too important to not have it. The futures of our kids," said Insights Museum Board President Nate Robinson.

Tuesday's decision is giving new life to Segundo Barrio and a new home to a displaced museum. 

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