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Team Convenes to Plan Design of Future Elementary School

About 40 community members — including Belton ISD parents, teachers and staff — gathered at Chisholm Trail Elementary on Tuesday for the district’s first of four elementary design team meetings.

The goal is for the group to articulate to architects what’s most important to them in the design of the district’s next elementary school prototype.

Members of Huckabee Architects, the architectural firm hired to design a future elementary school for the district, began leading the team through a series of exercises to uncover what they want teachers and students to see, hear, think and feel when they enter the future school.

“All this shapes and identifies what the school will look like,” said Mike Boyle, principal architect with Huckabee Architects. “We’re looking for the flavor of what the community wants to embrace.”

Each meeting will be held at a different Belton ISD elementary campus so the team can tour the facility to get a sense of the district’s current buildings and the differences between older and newer campuses.

The meetings are in response to continued enrollment projections that show three of the district’s elementary schools exceeding student capacity within the next three years. 

“These meetings are us trying to get ahead of the growth,” said Mike Morgan, assistant superintendent of operations in Belton ISD. “The district is being proactive so that the shovels are ready, waiting on a bond.”

Janet Jones, a Belton High School graduate and guardian of a Chisholm Trail student, joined the team because she wanted to be a voice for special needs students and families. She was shocked by the accelerated growth shown in the enrollment projections discussed.

“I knew it was big, but seeing the numbers floored me,” she said. “We’re going to need more space for students.”

Click here to view photos from this meeting.

The team’s next meeting will be Aug. 24 at Tarver Elementary.

Aug. 11, 2021