|A recent rendering of the front of the new elementary school, facing Durham Street.
Click the image above to view more renderings.
In November 2015, HPISD voters approved a bond issue that was set forth by a community Facilities Advisory Committee and approved by the School Board. Part of the plan will see the construction of the first new elementary school in Highland Park ISD since 1948. The school, which is planned to open in August 2017, will be located on HPISD land, previously owned by Northway Christian Church and will be bounded by the church to the west, Northwest Parkway (the access road to NW Hwy.) to the north, Durham to the east and Wentwood to the south. The sale of the property to Highland Park ISD was completed in Spring 2016.
Planning for the school began in earnest in the summer of 2015 when several HPISD teachers, administrators and community members visited school campuses in other districts to study the features and benefits of recently constructed classrooms. Many of the components they observed and wanted to include are being incorporated into the new school. Since then, focus groups consisting of community leaders, neighbors, parents and teachers have provided, and will continue to provide, valuable feedback into the final plans for the school.
Key elements included in the initial design are:
- classrooms averaging 800 square feet (the current elementary school average in HPISD is 750 feet)
- flexible learning spaces to allow for small or large group instruction
- a secluded outdoor classroom with a garden and small amphitheater
- a covered area at the front of the school to protect students from the weather on rainy days
- a large gymnasium that can be divided into two small gyms, when necessary
- a playground and soccer field adjacent to both the gym and the cafeteria
- an underground parking garage
- at the request of neighbors, a lane entering from the north side of the school in order to minimize the number of large delivery and trash trucks on Durham and Wentwood.
Groundbreaking date: June 20, 2016
|Expected completion date: August 2017
Construction Site: Time-lapse Camera
A camera has been installed on the construction site to provide district staff, parents and community members an up-to-date look at the progress of the new elementary school. Click the image above to view a current time-lapse of construction, beginning on Sept.1, 2016.
The camera takes a picture of the site approximately every 10 minutes. To view a single snapshot from a particular date or time, or to compare two photos side-by-side, visit https://app.oxblue.com/open/highlandpark.
- New Elementary Construction Schedule (updated Oct. 24, 2016).
The school will temporarily be used by students from Hyer and University Park while each of their schools are being rebuilt. Click here to read about the rebuilding process.
Documents and presentations, in regard to the new elementary school, have been posted below to keep the community informed about the school's progress. This page will continue to be updated as new documents become available.
Planning & Zoning Documents
Presentations to the School Board
School Board receives look at updated design of the new elementary - March 18, 2016
As Highland Park ISD prepares for construction of its first new elementary school in nearly 70 years, the Board of Trustees received an updated look at the design of the campus. The presentation was made during the March 15 School Board meeting.
Updated features on the proposed design of the school include:
- The library at the front of the school now features a more traditional design.
- The south side of the campus facing Durham has been updated, and now features a symmetrical design.
- The north side of the gym now has doors leading directly to the outdoor play area.
"I appreciate the feedback we have received from community members regarding the design of this school," HPISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg said. "This community has a long-standing love for its schools, and the district strives to create a school that fits into HPISD's proud tradition of excellence."
Click here to view the full video presentation from the school board meeting, and click here to view the powerpoint shown.
To read the rest of the article, click here.
Board of Trustees gets first look at initial plans for new elementary school - Feb. 9, 2016
The Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees got its first look tonight at initial plans for the district's first new elementary school in nearly 70 years.
"As a board, we pledged that we would be transparent in how we approached our decisions in relation to the bond election approved by voters this past November," said Joe Taylor, president of the HPISD Board of Trustees. "It is exciting to see the work that has taken place so far on this school. We are heading in the right direction in building a new school that will provide both an outstanding learning environment for students and instill continued community pride in Highland Park ISD."
"This facility is still a work in progress but we are getting closer to a final design," said Dr. Tom Trigg, Highland Park ISD Superintendent. "We sincerely appreciate all of the input that has been received so far. As this is the first elementary school in HPISD in nearly 70 years, we want to make sure that it is reflective of the community's proud tradition of excellence in its schools."
Click here to view the full video presentation from the School Board meeting. Click here to read the full article.