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Elementary Design Team Dives Deeper into Possibilities for Future School

Belton ISD’s elementary design team dove deeper into what a future school could look like when it met Tuesday at Sparta Elementary. It was the group’s third of four meetings. 

The team of about 40 parents, teachers and staff began meeting in August to uncover what’s most important to the community in the design of the district’s next elementary campus. 

On Tuesday, team members arranged colored paper cutouts — representing major building areas such as classrooms, a library, gym, cafeteria, kitchen and office space — into possible layout options. 

“Engaging with the small groups of teachers, administrators and parents as they physically moved the spaces around until they landed on a layout that felt right was exciting,” said Deanna Lovesmith, assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning. “The activity incited a lot of discussion among the team and represented a lot of different perspectives on creating exceptional learning spaces. It was a great collaborative effort.”

The exercise provided members of Huckabee Architects, the firm hired to design a future elementary school for the district, critical feedback.

“Going through the motions of placing the building spaces involves macro level decisions that will inform site design and actual layout of individual rooms in subsequent exercises,” said Mike Boyle, principal architect with Huckabee Architects. “Our architects will be able to create a better space — one that hits the target of what’s most important to this community — because of this team’s efforts tonight.”

Click here to view photos from this meeting.

The team’s final meeting will be Sept. 7 at Charter Oak Elementary.

Read about Meeting #1.
Read about Meeting #2.

Sept. 1, 2021