Columbia Public Schools will hold a groundbreaking ceremony today, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Route KK on its 21st elementary school. Although the south Columbia school has yet to be named, it’s expected to hold 650 students and open in 2016.
The school will be paid for with bond funds approved by voters in 2012. Many of the elementary school’s logistics are still underway, such as determining the school’s attendance area. The school district is in the process of assembling a committee of parents, teachers and administrators to help with this decision. The goal is to determine the boundaries of the new elementary school by April 2015.
Other elementary schools that will be included in boundary work are Fairview, Grant, Mill Creek, Paxton Keeley, Rock Bridge and Russell Boulevard. Throughout this month and December, the committee members will be putting together the development plan and generating final scenarios in January.