With the new school construction as a backdrop, students, parents, staff and neighbors came out on Friday to add their signatures to a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the new Condit Elementary School.
The school, located at 7000 South Third in Bellaire, is being built adjacent to the existing building while students continue to attend classes. Throughout the afternoon, a steady stream of stakeholders turned out for the opportunity to sign the beam and view the latest construction progress.
“This is a happy thing,” said Condit parent and Project Advisory Team member Peggi Newhouse. “It’s getting real for us now – we see changes every day.”
The new $24.3 million facility will feature a centralized learning commons area surrounded by a two-story cluster of classrooms, an open concept design with plenty of natural light, and flexible work spaces.
Condit was among the first schools to break ground under HISD’s $1.89 billion bond program to rebuild or renovate 40 schools. The school is set to open in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.