Belton Independent School District (ISD) has broken ground on its 13th elementary campus, Hubbard Branch Elementary, located at 1651 O.T. Tyler Dr. in the Hubbard Branch subdivision. The new campus is one of the many construction projects that the May 2022 bond will fund.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, attended by administrators, students, and community members. The new school, which covers 111,613 square feet, will have a capacity for around 800 students from kindergarten to fifth grade, providing relief to the overcrowding issue in the southern part of the district. Belton ISD is recognized as a fast-growth school district by the Fast Growth School Coalition.
The bond, approved by voters last May for $173,825,000, will help address the district’s growth, aging facilities, evolving facilities, program equity, and safety and technology. Hubbard Branch Elementary, with an estimated total project cost of $43,567,482, is the second of two elementary schools to be built using these funds, following Burrell Elementary, currently under construction in the northern part of the district.
The design of Hubbard Branch Elementary was created by Huckabee Architects with input from students, parents, teachers, and staff. The school design features a centralized cafeteria and gym, comfortable seating options, ample parking, and a secure outdoor learning space between classroom wings. American Constructors, a construction company based in Cedar Park and specializing in K-12 projects in Central Texas, is the contractor for the project.
The district’s 2022 Educational Specifications influenced the design of Hubbard Branch Elementary, with flexible and adaptable spaces and furnishings that promote collaborative teaching and learning. Students from the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades provided their thoughts on the design after a team of adults met in the fall of 2021 to provide their input.
“We are honored to partner with Belton ISD on Hubbard Branch Elementary and are excited to kick off work on the project. Our hope is that this new campus exceeds the expectations of the Belton community and provides students and educators with state-of-the-art spaces that enhance the learning experience for all,” said Marty Burger, CEO of American Constructors.
For more information about the May 2022 bond projects, please visit www.bisd.net/bond_2022.
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