By Lisa Kopochinski
CLEVELAND, Texas—A groundbreaking ceremony was held in late September by the Cleveland Independent School District (CISD) for its $30 million new elementary school.
With a completion date slated for next summer, the new school—which has not yet been named, but is referred to as Elementary No. 5—is part of the $198 million bond measure that voters passed in November 2019 to handle the explosive growth in the district. Cleveland ISD is the fastest-growing school district in Texas. Over the last three years, the school district has grown approximately 20 percent each year. Last year, 1,000 new students enrolled in Cleveland ISD, resulting in the district spending more than $3 million on portable buildings.
The two-story elementary school will accommodate approximately 1,000 students. The school features 49 classrooms, a gymnasium, a library with a maker space where students can gather to create, invent, and learn, and a cafeteria with stage, music, and art rooms. Grades PreK through 4 will accommodate 22 students in each classroom; grade 5 will accommodate 25; and special education will accommodate 15.
The school’s design is based on the district’s existing Southside Elementary School. The exterior is brick with a standing seam metal roof over most of the building. Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) is the program manager, Huckabee is the architect, and Pogue Construction is the general contractor.
“This groundbreaking marks an important achievement toward managing our incredible growth,” said Chris Trotter, Cleveland ISD’s superintendent, in a statement.
“I am so pleased at the support for our district from the community and look forward to welcoming students through the doors of this building.”
Added LAN Vice President JP Grom, “The elementary school will provide students the environment and infrastructure needed to succeed in the 21st century.”