Columbia breaks ground on new elementary school

5 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Monday, November 10 2014 Nov 10, 2014 Monday, November 10, 2014 9:06:00 PM CST November 10, 2014 in News
By: Meredith Albair, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia School Board held a ground breaking ceremony Monday afternoon for a new elementary school.

The site for the new school was purchased last year for $2.8 million at the northwest corner of Scott Boulevard and Route KK.

The Columbia Public School Board and the principal at Mill Creek Elementary agree this school will solve overcrowding problems at Mill Creek and nearby schools.

"We are way behind in brick and mortar classrooms for the elementary school students," said Jonathan Sessions, a member of the Columbia Public School Board of Education.

The new school will cost $16 million and is projected to open in 2016.

Tabetha Rawlings, the principal of Mill Creek Elementary, said based on the significant amount of growth in the area, the new school will be up and running at the right time.

"If we didn't have the new school being built, I can see in a few years it really being a problem," Rawlings said. 

There are several trailers being used at Mill Creek right now, which is a problem the school board hopes the new school will fix.

"Adding trailers to deal with growth in a rapidly growing community was a really easy fix. The problem is those are not great classroom spaces," Sessions said. 

Last year, the school district made some boundary changes with the elementary schools, which Rawlings said was a quick solution to the overcrowding at Mill Creek.

"We had to have a few boundary changes also because we are so large, we just had no place to put any other classrooms," Rawlings said. "I did not have any open spots for new teachers to go to, so if they wouldn't have done something last year, our numbers would be really high this year too."

The Columbia School Board said additional elementary schools will be built if the need continues.

"2015, we're opening Battle Elementary. 2016, we're opening an elementary school on the south side of town. And a couple years later we're opening another elementary school on the east side of town. So these are all steps following our 10 year bond plan that we've had in front of the community for a while," Sessions added.

The design for the new school will be very similar to the new Battle Elementary School and will have the addition of an extra wing.

The school board said the similar design will help speed the project's progress.

More News

Grid
List
Two insurers -- Allstate and American Family Insurance -- announced Monday they will give back about $800 million to their... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 11:49:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with registered dietitian Jennifer Tveitnes Monday about how to handle stress eating and keep eating... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 9:37:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA— An invasive beetle that’s deadly to ash trees has now spread to 78 counties in Missouri, state conservation officials... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 8:34:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Agriculture and the State Milk Board wrote an open letter Monday asking grocery stores... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 8:25:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested four suspects after reports of property damage and injuries resulting from BB gun shots. ... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 5:34:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Governor Mike Parson answered citizens questions about the "Stay Home Missouri" order, specifically why non-essential businesses can remain... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 4:30:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A temporary camp that was set up to help homeless people deal with the COVID-19 outbreak has been... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 4:25:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Animal shelters are looking for alternative ways to allow adoptions and find foster homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 3:39:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Before the pandemic, women going into labor had the option to bring more than one person into the... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 2:38:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
MEXICO – On the first day of Missouri’s statewide stay-at-home order, communities without prior orders in place are now falling... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 2:16:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for help to identify a suspect who threw rocks at windows of... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 1:15:00 PM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - John D. Varvera, 48, of Gravios Mills is charged with two felonies and denied bond after deputies... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 11:10:00 AM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 8:59:00 AM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri will continue remote learning for the summer term due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation,... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 8:45:11 AM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools announced updates to its learning system for students and staff, who have been working from... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, April 06 2020 Apr 6, 2020 Monday, April 06, 2020 8:44:00 AM CDT April 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council approved a number of issues at their meeting Monday night. The council approved... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 9:44:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
LAKE OZARK - People are preparing for the governor's stay-at-home order, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The governor's... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 6:54:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
7am 62°
8am 64°
9am 65°
10am 66°