TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A dozen Belton ISD students got their first look Tuesday at the new elementary school they’ll attend next fall.
Belton ISD Superintendent Susan Kincannon, school board members and other officials accompanied the students Tuesday on a tour of Charter Oak Elementary School, named in honor of the Charter Oak along the Leon River where Bell County’s first elections were held.
The students were in awe of the bright colors and unique design of the $17.4 million, 82,500-square-foot facility, whose security measures include magnetic card readers and a hallway lockdown system operated from the front office.
The school's playground is unique as well and will serve as a prototype for the rest of the district.
"There are pieces of equipment on all of the play apparatus that are for special needs students." Kincannon said
Officials say the school is designed to accommodate the growing district.
In the last 10 years enrollment has increased by 3,000 students and officials project another 3,600 students in the next 10 years.
"The educational environment is really critical, so it is designed to meet the instructional needs of our students and facilitate the best learning possible," Kincannon says.
Ground was broken for the new school, which is the district’s 11th elementary campus, in January 2018 at 8402 Poison Oak Rd. in Temple.
Construction was funded through a $149.7 million bond issue that Belton ISD voters approved in May 2017.