The Laveen Elementary School District broke ground on its eighth school September 28, 2015.
The new school is located within the Paseo Point community near 55th Avenue and Dobbins. The future school will hold up to 1,000 students in Grades PK-8. It will feature a U-shaped, two-story classroom wing allowing for separation of grade levels, three preschool rooms with a separate play area, STEM classrooms, art and music rooms, and a second floor library with window views. The new school will offer a dual language program in Spanish.
The school is necessary as the other seven Laveen schools are quickly nearing capacity. “The district has grown by 900 students since the last school opened in 2012,” explained district superintendent Dr. Bill Johnson. “The Arizona School Facilities Board estimates that Laveen will grow by an additional 3,000 students over the next 10 years.”
The site was acquired by the district in 2007 with funding through the Arizona School Facilities Board. Construction will cost $13 million and is being fronted by the district. “Unfortunately, due to legislation passed in 2013, the state will no longer approve new construction until student enrollments have reached or exceeded maximum capacity,” Johnson said. “This law does not take into account the time it takes to actually design and build a new school. We cannot let our schools become overcrowded and so we are relying on our local community to start the project.” Laveen has a bond question on the November ballot that, if approved, would help offset the cost.
The school was designed by EMC2 Architects and is being constructed by Chasse Building Team. It will open in August 2016.
Photos from the event can be found on the district’s flickr page.