The campus would serve grades five and six and alleviate capacity issues at four elementary schools and three middle schools, according to Todd Fouche, deputy superintendent of business and operations.
Because of the growth in that area of the district, officials said they decided it would be more cost-effective to build one intermediate campus rather than an elementary school and a middle school.
As part of the 2018 bond, the district retained the Huckabee architectural firm, which has based its designs on dozens of conversations about this new concept for the district.
The result, according to Huckabee’s report, is “a unique program to maximize opportunities and focus on transitioning naturally from elementary to secondary school.”
The campus on 11.4 acres would be west of Alma Drive between Stacy Road and Sam Rayburn Tollway. Its main entrance would face Alma and be adjacent to Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park.
The three-story campus would be built for a capacity of 1,050 students with potential to expand up to 1,200 students, according to the April 12 presentation.
Its designs would reflect that area of McKinney and “work within the aesthetics of the Craig Ranch Architectural Design Standards,” according to the presentation.
The project is in the design phases with bids expected to go out in December and construction to start shortly after that. Costs for the campus have not been finalized. The school is set to be completed in June 2023.