Thanks again to school district voters for supporting three school funding requests on the November 7, 2017 ballot. Now that funding has been approved, planning has begun to address the district’s growth and facilities needs for capacity, safety and academics. Here is a recap of work to be done and timelines for completion.
New Elementary School—Work has begun to design the new, ninth elementary school approved by voters. The new elementary school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, will be built to serve more than 800 students when it opens.
The new school will be similar in design to Meadow Ridge Elementary, which opened in the fall of 2016. An addition is currently underway at Meadow Ridge, scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, that will provide new space to accommodate an additional 100 students, increasing the overall capacity of the building to more than 800 students.
Central Middle School Cafeteria—Design work will begin this summer to expand Central Middle School’s cafeteria and food service areas to better accommodate students at the district’s largest of three middle schools. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2019.
Academic & Site Safety Improvements
Voters also approved renovating elementary and middle school media centers and performing arts spaces at East and West Middle Schools to create more flexible learning spaces. In addition, traffic flow and pedestrian safety improvements will occur at Central Middle School and many of the district elementary schools.
In an effort to maximize cost-effectiveness, the timing of these academic and site safety improvements is being aligned with the district’s long-term facilities maintenance projects already scheduled. “We have to prioritize the order of the projects approved by voters and it made sense to leverage our resources to get the best value for our community,” shared Superintendent Chace Anderson.
Watch Our Progress
The chart below illustrates when capacity, academic and safety projects are scheduled for specific buildings across the district. All work is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2022. Watch our progress by visiting the district website and following us on social media. Or ask specific questions by leaving a message on our Construction Hotline at 763-745-5050.