The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) designated Harrison community school is opening the 2020-21 school year on two separate campuses due to construction delays at the new building site, according to a news release from Hamilton County Schools.
The delays, due to factors including rain and the coronavirus pandemic, "will not sidetrack the students, parents, teachers and community coming together to be one in spirit," the release states.
Parents and teachers got their first look at plans for the new building during a community meeting at the school in September 2018. The $25 million building will be located on Highway 58, just across the street from where the school's current facility sits.
Groundbreaking on the new building began with a ceremony last May. The facility will bring consistent heating and cooling to students and will also contain "maker" spaces at the center for children to use skills learned in STEM activities.
The lower campus (previously Hillcrest) of the current facility will hold pre-k through second-grade students, while intermediate students in third through fifth-grade will be in the upper campus (previously the Harrison Elementary location).
Community orientations for all parents and community members will begin next month. Parents will be able to attend grade level meetings and meet the teachers, administrative team and other parents. Initial activities may be conducted electronically, and all opportunities will be handled according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safety, the release states.
"We are looking forward to building a strong learning community for all of our children through innovate STEAM learning experiences," Principal Wendy Jung said in the release. "We will reach our goals for the community's young learners by having close collaboration with educators, parents, and community partners."
The new building will be built to fit up to 880 students with the ability to expand to fit 1,000. Jung was tapped to lead the school in December.
A Community Celebration is planned for December and will launch its opening on Ferdinand Piech Way. Students will remain with their teachers and class groups as they move to the new building in January.