Highland Park ISD officials have learned to tread carefully with construction plans.
The district’s new UP Elementary plans show a design approach rooted in the school’s traditional aesthetic — blonde brick, original stonework, if structurally viable — but updated to accommodate a more modern learning approach and the demands of the district’s ever-growing student body.
“You’re going to see really interesting and innovative educational things happening across the district,” design and construction committee member and Highland Park dad Michael Malone said.
The school’s capacity will increase 15 percent, allowing space for 770 students once the district is reorganized into five sectors.
HPISD and Stantec, the architecture firm heading up the rebuild, will present their plans to the University Park planning and zoning committee Jan. 10 after months of negotiations with neighbors, the district’s own design committee, and the school’s Legacy Committee.