A new video released by HISD highlights the importance of community involvement in the planning and design process of the new Parker Elementary School.
The school’s Project Advisory Team, made up of parents, students, teachers, administrators and architects, has been meeting monthly for the past year to solicit community input and design a school that will meet the needs of students and the community.
“We’re very focused on 21st century learning and what that looks like,” said Parker Principal Lori Frodine. “It’s really exciting to know that we’re going to have this new building, that we can do all of the things that we really want to do with our kids but have been limited with space and logistics.”
Parker is a music magnet school located in southwest Houston. The original campus, which was built in 1959, will be replaced with a new 21st century learning facility as part of HISD’s 2012 bond program. The 132,000-square-foot-building will feature collaborative and flexible classrooms, outdoor learning areas, and a community plaza.
“When communities can come together and say ‘we designed this as a team,’ I think that’s what matters,” said HISD District IX Trustee Wanda Adams.
A community meeting is scheduled for December 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the school to review the latest design plans and allow stakeholders to give additional feedback to the design team.