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Elgin ISD Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Elementary School

Photo courtesy of Erin Anderson for Elgin ISD
Photo courtesy of Erin Anderson for Elgin ISD
Photo courtesy of Erin Anderson for Elgin ISD
Photo courtesy of Erin Anderson for Elgin ISD
ELGIN, TX — Elgin Independent School District is celebrating the groundbreaking for its new elementary school, Harvest Ridge Elementary. The ceremony took place near the school's construction site with students, parents, educators, and community members in attendance.

Harvest Ridge Elementary will be the district's fourth elementary school and will serve students in grades pre-K through 5th grade. The school will be built with state-of-the-art technology and will feature innovative designs to enhance learning experiences for students. The new elementary school is a part of the district’s nearly $183 million bond program, which was passed by the Elgin community in November of 2021.

Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc. (LAN) is the program manager for the district’s bond program, which encompasses a range of initiatives, including the construction of two new elementary schools, upgrades and expansion at Elgin High School, the establishment of a new Transportation Center, renovation of the Career and Technical Education facilities, a new multi-purpose activity and event center, as well as district-wide renovations.

"We are honored to have been selected as the program manager for the Elgin ISD bond program and are excited to be a part of the Harvest Ridge Elementary project," said Tim Strucely, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, LAN Associate and Program Manager for the district’s bond program. "Our team is dedicated to delivering a high-quality facility that meets the needs of the district and the community."

Harvest Ridge Elementary is scheduled to open in the fall of 2024 and is located on a 13-acre site in the Harvest Ridge development, near Elgin High School. The school will have a capacity of 800 students and will feature a library, art room, music room, cafeteria, gymnasium, and outdoor learning spaces. Construction is set to begin soon, with the planning and design components already completed.

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“This is such an exciting moment for the Elgin community,” said Elgin ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jana Rueter. “Harvest Ridge Elementary will provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to learn and grow, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. Future staff and students will benefit from the school's overall design, which reflects Elgin ISD's commitment to providing high-quality education for its students. We are excited to celebrate this investment in our community and our children, and to see this new facility come to life.”

During the ceremony, the community had the opportunity to view the construction site and learn more about the new school's design and features.