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The dirt has been shoveled and construction is underway at Marshall ISD where four new schools are being constructed as part of a $109 million bond project approved by voters last May.
“This is a great day,” Marshall ISD trustee Brad Howlett said Friday as he shoveled some dirt for the groundbreaking ceremony at David Crockett Elementary School.
“This is the school where it all began for me,” he said. “There has been a lot of hard work put into this project and today is a great day. Marshall has great kids and great teachers and they deserve twenty first century facilities.”
Groundbreaking ceremonies were also held at the site of the new William B. Travis Elementary School – which is set to be built directly beside the current school, the site of the new Marshall Junior High School, the site of the new Price T. Young Middle School.
The new Price T. Young Middle School and David Crockett Elementary School are being constructed adjacent to the current schools.
The new Marshall Junior High School is being constructed on about 56 acres recently purchased by the district on East Travis Street, across from Eastern Hills Church of Christ and Reunion Inn Assisted Living Center and just west of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
The new campus is set to house about 1,300 students in about 182,000 sq. ft. building.
The three elementary schools’ prototype designs consist of a two-story, 82,870 sq. ft. building.
The elementary designs include classrooms to accommodate kindergarten through fifth-grade students and include features such as life skills classrooms, computer labs, science labs, art rooms, administrative areas, libraries, teacher planning and collaboration areas, cafetoriums and gymnasiums.
“We have finally figured out that in order to be successful, we must invest in our kids and our town,” Marshall ISD trustee Chase Palmer said Friday.