Williamson County holds grand opening for new Creekside Elementary School

Creekside Elementary School opened in January at 4239 Gosey Hill Road in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Creekside Elementary School opened in January at 4239 Gosey Hill Road in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Creekside Elementary School opened in January at 4239 Gosey Hill Road in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Students opened the ribbon-cutting ceremony with a performance. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Principal Chris Schwartz was selected to lead the new school after 11 years as principal of Trinity Elementary School. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Williamson County Schools Superintendent Jason Golden spoke about some of the rezoning that came as a result of the new school opening. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson spoke about the county's growth during the event. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The school's gymnasium/auditorium was packed with parents and teachers to watch the ribbon cutting and tour the new school/ (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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School faculty, students and elected officials were all invited to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The school officially opened to students Jan. 22. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The new building has a capacity for 800 students, according to the district. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The campus' library features several shelves of books for different age levels. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The library also features seating for storytime and lessons. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The school's mascot is the otter, depicted here in student art. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The campus also has programs for students with special needs. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Students created art to hang in the hallways prior to the ribbon cutting. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County School's newest campus is officially open in Franklin.

Elected officials, community leaders, teachers and staff joined parents and students to mark the grand with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Jan. 26.

According to WCS Superintendent Jason Golden, students moved into the new building Jan. 22, while teachers had been moving furniture and supplies into the new building throughout the beginning of January in anticipation of the school’s opening.

The new school is expected to help provide relief to the overcrowding of other Williamson County elementary schools, such as Trinity Elementary, which is at about 99% capacity according to WCS. Prior to the opening, Creekside Elementary students had been sharing Oakview Elementary’s school building.

The new $29 million school is just the latest opening in a long list of future planned schools, according to the WSC five-year capital plan.


The capital plan, approved by the Williamson County Board of Commissioners at its Jan. 13 meeting, lays out over $336 million in construction costs for new schools to accommodate student growth, including five additional elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. The plan also includes improvements to existing campuses to increase capacity.

The next new addition to WCS will be the opening of the currently unnamed central-east middle school being built off Henpeck Lane in Franklin. The new $40 million middle school is in the process of being named and is slated to open this summer in time for the start of the 2020-21 school year in August.

Click through the photos above to see more of the county's newest campus.
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By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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