Murfreesboro City Schools officially broke ground on the 13th elementary school in the system. The groundbreaking took place Tuesday at 5pm at the site, located at 3275 St. Andrews Drive, just off Veterans Parkway.
Here are photos from City Councilman Bill Shacklett of the event:
The two-story school will be designed for up to 1,000 students and will utilize the same plan and general layout as Overall Creek Elementary. It will be constructed on a 25-acre campus with an estimated cost of construction at $27.8 million.
Director of Schools Dr. Linda Gilbert says the three schools that serve the communities west of I-24 are at capacity.
This fall, a school naming committee will be appointed to seek names from the community and staff. The committee will present a slate of names to the City School Board for final approval.
Until an official name is adopted, the school shall be referenced as Southwest Elementary.
A geotechnical investigation found the land suitable for geothermal heating and cooling. Overall Creek and John Pittard Elementary are also geothermal schools which save thousands of dollars each year in electric bills.
The new school is slated to open for the 2019-2020 school year.