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Designs Done for Proposed Southwest Elementary School

July 17, 2008

By Diane Smith, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas

Jul. 17–FORT WORTH — District leaders received a sneak peek at Fort Worth’s newest elementary school, the first to be built under the $593.6 million bond program.

Conceptual designs were obtained by the Star-Telegram this week. The community can see them at the next board meeting Tuesday.

The school, which will serve the Southwest High School pyramid, is one of four elementary schools and two middle schools approved by voters last fall as part of the bond program, which also included classroom additions, campus renovations, athletic facility makeovers and technology upgrades.

“The public needs to understand we are doing exactly what we said we are doing at the time we said it would happen,” Superintendent Melody Johnson said.

The proposed Southwest elementary school will be near the corner of Trail Lake Drive and Sycamore School Road. The conceptual designs are by Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford architectural services.

The district purchased the land in 2000 for $144,697 with money from the 1999 bond package.

Construction is expected to begin in January. Johnson said the school may be a contender for the commemoration of Fort Worth educator Hazel Harvey Peace, who died in June at age 100. District officials have promised to name one of the new schools after Peace, who taught at I.M. Terrell High School for almost 50 years.

What’s new

Earlier this summer, the district started work on renovations to middle school running tracks.

Meadowbrook Middle is getting a new all-weather track. Tracks at the 15 other middle schools with athletic programs will be renovated from cinder to all-weather surfaces.

The tracks are expected to be completed by late August.

Ten tracks are expected to have asphalt and pavement completed by Friday. Those tracks also will get running-surface material and striping added.

Architectural designs for M.H. Moore Elementary classroom additions are in the works. Designs are also being completed for renovations at 51 campuses, including O.D. Wyatt, Eastern Hills, Paschal and Western Hills high schools.

What’s next

Architectural designs are coming for two new middle schools that will serve the Benbrook and Eastern Hills areas and for new classrooms for Meacham, Riverside and Wedgwood middle schools. Also, Kirkpatrick Middle will get a track in the second phase.

Where do I find out more?

District officials put monthly bond program reports online under the Capital Improvement Program prompt on the district Web site, www.fortworthisd.org.

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