Expand Hidden River Middle School
Originally built as a starter school in 1999, Hidden River was designed to be expanded in phases. Currently the school lacks specialized learning spaces for use as science labs, art instruction or a materials lab – think hi-tech, hands-on learning like robotics or computer aided design.
Middle school is a vital age for growth and development. It is often at this time that these students find their passion whether that is a field of study or an activity like sports or drama. This is better supported at Park Place Middle School as it used to be a high school with a wide variety of specialized learning and activity spaces. Hidden River students deserve a similar experience. Efforts to do that have filled the school's lower parking lot with portables establishing more undesirable “exterior” hallways. This proposed project will:
- Improve safety and security; and
- Construct specialized science, art, and career & technology classrooms; and
- Expand the kitchen; and
- Add grass athletic fields, synthetic track and play areas.
Estimated cost is $18.2 million. If approved, construction would begin in 2017 after a design process involving students, families, staff and the community.