Construction for the new Whitney Middle School began in February of 2013 with an expected completion date of August 2014, in time to open for the new school year.
The 98,000 square foot facility to serve grades 6th, 7th and 8th will have a proposed design capacity of 500 students. The single-story building will sit on the existing Whitney High School campus site bounded by FM 933 to the southwest and CR 1240 to the southeast. The main entrance will front CR 1240 and will include a parent drop-off and pick-up loop drive.
The building consists of six basic design components: Administration, Academic Wings, Library, Cafeteria, Fine Arts and Athletics. The administration area located at the front of the building includes a secured, lockable vestibule requires all visitors to enter the office reception area during the day. In the academic wings, each grade will house 165 students in each of the three separate wings. Each grade will have 6 core curriculum classrooms for english, math, reading and social studies of approximately 720 square feet each, science lab/classrooms, one computer lab, a convenient set of restrooms in the middle of the wing and a teacher’s workroom. The proposed cafeteria design will support approximately 250 students with two serving lines. With easy access from the bus drop-off, the landscaped courtyard and the gymnasium, the cafeteria is one of the hubs of the facility. This area also features a 150-seat stadium-style seating lecture hall that shares a three-foot elevated stage with the cafeteria. The fine arts wing of the building will be located between the academic wings and the cafeteria/stage area, and will share a secondary back entrance. This portion of the building will host a band hall, choir room and an art/theater classroom. It can be accessed easily by each grade level, as well as have easy access to the stage area in the cafeteria. The athletic wing consists of a competition gymnasium and separate girls’ and boys’ athletic facilities with a common-shared weight room.
The five main corridors supporting the three academic wings, the library and the administration corridor converge at a single point designated as the student commons. This 2-story space includes the clinic and an assistant principals’ office for unparalleled supervisory review of the facility. A secondary main corridor connects to the cafeteria.