Belton: New school to open in months with security upgrades

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) At Belton ISD’s new school – which is set to open for students in the fall – the finishing touches are going up. Charter Oak Elementary School is set to be a campus that features the first of many.

“It’s an exciting time for Belton ISD as a fast-growth school district,” Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said.

An exciting time as the calendar moves closer to the fall. In just a few month, students and staff will walk the halls for the first time – a building more secure than any other in the district.

“We worked closely with the Belton and Temple police departments. They actually reviewed the architectural plans and made some suggestions,” Kincannon said.

Security measures including magnetic card readers and the ability for administrators to lock hallway doors from the front office.

“It’s just outstanding to walk in the halls to see the building. I can’t think of anything more exciting other than getting to see the students come in,” Kincannon said.

When students come in, they’ll be able to shoot hoops inside the new gym and learn in state-of-the-art classrooms, computer lab and library.
There are also provisions made on the playgrounds for students with special needs.

“We’re able to design this school to be our prototype-playground, sort to speak. This is the playground we wish to have at all of our elementary schools,” she said.

The brand new school accommodating the growth within Belton ISD.

“It’s just been a fun project. I’ll be excited to see the children come in,” Kincannon added.