WACO – Austin-based O’Connell Robertson has unveiled the first look at the new Kendrick Elementary School and renovated South Waco Elementary School, the final two schools to be renovated in Waco ISD’s $355 million facilities bond.
Both schools will have outdoor features with courtyards. Kendrick will have an enclosed dining area, and South Waco will have a paved tricycle path. A new wing of classrooms will be added to South Waco Elementary School.
To ensure the safety at both schools, there will be interior lockdown doors, an eight-foot fencing of both campuses, and security glazing on some exterior windows.
Kendrick Elementary will be displaced when construction begins in first quarter 2024 and will relocate to the former Indian Spring Middle School building. At South Waco, certain phases of the renovation will require students to move classrooms and the use of food trucks to serve as a makeshift cafeteria.
Both schools will be ready for students in fall 2025. G.W. Carver Middle School, the first of the new bond-funded schools, will be complete for the 2023-24 school year. Tennyson Middle School will be open by the following school year, and Waco High School in 2025.