The Keller school district will save on planning and construction costs for its 23rd elementary school by using a prototype design, but one that is unlike any existing KISD campus.
The school, funded by the 2014 bond package, will be built in the West Fork Ranch subdivision in the southwest corner of the district. The site is bordered by Horseman Road on the east, Canchim Street on the north and Aubrac Way on the west.
The district has allocated $17 million for construction, but officials expect to save more than $200,000 by using a prototype design.
The basic plan has been used several times in the Mansfield School District by Huckabee, an education architecture firm in Fort Worth.
“We toured the Mansfield campus and asked the staff if they could make any improvements, what would they do,” said Hudson Huff, executive director of facility services. “We widened the stage area and put in additional storage space for P.E. and art. It gave us a chance to improve on the plan.”
KISD officials visited J.L. Boren Elementary School, which opened last fall. The same general layout also has been used for other Mansfield campuses.
Lee Osborne, design architect with Huckabee, said the two-story plan is compact and energy efficient. The site has a large drainage area on the eastern third, so placing the building on the western half cut expenses.
The design calls for all co-curricular spaces, the cafetorium, the library and kindergarten and first-grade classes on the first floor and second- through fourth-grade classrooms on the second floor.
The elementary school is expected to open in August 2016 and to have kindergarten through sixth grade for the first year until an expected fifth- through eighth-grade campus opens in August 2017. Officials are still finalizing the location for the middle-grade school, but it is expected to be on the southwest side of the district.
Superintendent Randy Reid said the elementary school may not need to provide much, if any, bus service because there are enough young families nearby to fill it.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231