When to build – and when to wait
Our class had some unique experiences, which included visiting a newly built elementary school. This school was built during a time of big development for the surrounding community. When the development slowed down, the district was faced with a choice – do we go ahead and build the school we said we would, or do we wait? The district chose wisely in my opinion when it elected to wait.
By building it and leaving it dormant for 2 years, the district was able to build it for less than anticipated. Costs were down and it was the right thing to do. It is now scheduled to open in Cedar Park for this next school year and we are excited to see it come to fruition.
The class was able to take a tour of the new elementary school and learn the thought process in how you build a school. Going to different campuses around the country, listening to teachers and principals, trying to think through all of the safety options, and even thinking through spending a little more on building so it will reduce your energy costs long term – we were able to hear about all of these things because we were part of this class.