While the school board has not settled on a final design, the new elementary school will be about 20,000 square feet larger than Castleman Creek Elementary, the newest elementary school in the district, and have two stories. The property for the new school backs up to Hewitt Park, and the other end of the park extends to the Castleman Creek Elementary School property.
The new facility will be Midway’s seventh elementary school.
Construction is slated to start in either January or February and be completed in April 2022, Freeman said.
Some features in the preliminary design include flexible learning environments in which teachers can combine their classes in “collaboration spaces” that connect classrooms, marker boards that are 6 feet high and 8 feet wide so students and teachers can write on them, and a sink and storage units in every classroom for both students and teachers. The two-story library will have a makerspace, flexible furniture and plenty of light coming in through windows.
Freeman said the district already owned two parcels of land before the bond passed that could have been used for the new elementary school. The other piece of land is off Old Temple Road, but when district officials looked at where the growth in the school district’s attendance zone is concentrated, they settled on the Ritchie Road location. Midway will redraw attendance zones after the school is built and the other school renovations are complete.