VLK Architects’ design for the new school in Freeport was given the go-ahead by the Brazosport ISD Board of Trustees in the Special Meeting held Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The new school will serve students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. The campus will meet the future needs of BISD students, providing a state-of-the-art learning facility for up to 750 students.
More than 30 BISD stakeholders contributed to the project’s development. This new BISD facility is one of five elementary schools being built under the $175 million bond program approved by voters in 2014.
“Designing the new school was a process that included community members, representatives from the city of Freeport, elementary teachers, BISD administrative staff, and community members,” said Superintendent Danny Massey.
The planning team visited other schools built by VLK Architects in the Houston area and participated in a two-day collaborative design process. The Board of Trustees also participated in a Board Workshop reviewing the design concepts. In collaboration with the architects, the team helped formulate the plan for an innovative 21st century facility.
The new campus will be built next to the existing Long campus, nearest to Pecan Street, and upon completion, the school will have four wings organized around a spacious media center. Classrooms will have large windows to provide natural light with outdoor designated areas for each wing. The entryway of the new school will have large windows and a glass front, offering an attractive and welcoming entrance to the school. The school will also include state of the art safety features along with age appropriate playgrounds and nature trail.
Groundbreaking for the new campus is scheduled to begin in 2017 with completion expected in August of 2018.