Humble ISD did a two-for-one celebration day as they recently held ground-breaking ceremonies for two new elementary schools.
On Friday, Oct. 23, the community was able to gather on the construction sites of Lakeland Elementary and Elementary No. 30 to celebrate the building phase of the two Bond 2018 projects.
The new Lakeland Elementary campus will be replacing the current Wildcat location which happens to be the oldest standing campus in the district. It originally opened in 1960 and is near downtown Humble in the Lakeland subdivision.
The new Lakeland Elementary is being built at 1134 Rustic Timbers Drive near Turner Stadium and completes a district feeder pattern where three feeder schools are within walking distance of each other.
Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen had positive remarks about the new campus. “This school not only is a new school, but it’s also a new school that brings building into the learning process,” Fagen said.
Examples of what brings the new campus into the future of education are the incorporated next generation learning pods that feature a blend of airplane, arctic, dinosaur, marine, space and zoo themes to create a unique learning experience.
“It creates an opportunity for the children to interact with the campus in a way that’s similar to a children’s museum,” Fagen said.
Immediately after the Lakeland Elementary ceremony, the district and community gathered at the location for the new Elementary School No. 30 in the Fall Creek neighborhood. Elementary School No. 30 will incorporate the same features as Lakeland.
Fagen said, “We have made the campus part of the learning experience. Students will learn in pods where they will have interactive experiences to support classroom learning.”
Although the new campus remains unnamed at the moment, the founding principal chosen is Paul Edwards, a previous associate principal at Summer Creek High School.
Edwards spoke with The Tribune on what he is most excited about. “The fact that we get to establish a culture from day one and make it who we are,” Edwards said. “I think kids and families and the community are going to rally around that and they’re going to be excited to be a part of this new thing that we are building.”
Each campus will be over 123,000 square feet, with enough room to accommodate up to 950 students.
PBK Architects was selected to design both campuses while Manhattan Construction received a contract of $58 million to build both schools.
Both Elementary School No. 30 and the new Lakeland open in August 2021.