School district moves forward with new elementary schools

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 12:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools hopes to break ground in the fall on the elementary school next to Battle High School, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.

Christine King, president of the Columbia School Board, said the board is likely to have updated information on the design process soon. Peckham & Wright Architects, Inc. is working on building plans, King said.

"At this point, we are still in the process of approving all the design work and layout," she said last week.

The school is scheduled to open in August 2015, Baumstark said.

The district is moving forward with a second new elementary school, in southwest Columbia. It is scheduled to open in 2016, Baumstark said.

The school district’s Long-range Facilities Planning Committee toured three potential school sites in January. King said the committee did not rule any of the three sites out and sent engineers to analyze each site and report back to the committee.

Baumstark said negotiations are ongoing, no site has been picked yet, and there is no firm timeline for a decision.

"Hopefully we’ll be able to announce the site location within the next 30 days," King said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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