Robinson Independent School District broke ground for its new intermediate school Wednesday, nearly a year after voters narrowly approved the $19.5 million bond to pay for it in May 2014.
Voters approved the bond by 19 votes on the third try after Robinson ISD’s board of trustees reworked and lowered the amount requested after it failed the second time. The bond raised taxes by 24.5 cents per $100 property value to $1.56 per $100 valuation.
Robinson ISD Superintendent Michael Hope said the school should be finished by August 2016 and will house fourth- through sixth-graders. Only fourth- and fifth-graders attend the current intermediate school.
The new school will be on 12 acres behind Robinson High School at 605 S. Old Robinson Road.
“We never thought (the plat) was big enough for a school, but when they measured it, it was the perfect size,” Hope said.
The district celebrated the new construction with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, where second- through fifth-graders and local officials gathered on the new school’s land to thank the community before a balloon release.
“The opportunities are endless with the support our community has offered us,” said Sara Laughlin, Robinson Intermediate School principal.
The school will be about 8,500 square feet with classrooms, science labs, a band hall, gymnasium and cafeteria with a small stage.
There also will be a library and media area, along with administrative offices.
Students travel between three buildings for classes at the current school. Hope said in a previous interview that having all students under the same roof will be safer.
Laughlin said she looks forward to the updated technology in the building and the science labs. She thinks the new building will motivate the students and staff to stay focused.
“Having something new excites the students. It excites the teachers,” she said.