Work could begin this fall on the building of a new kindergarten through 6th grade school in Arizona’s southwestern Somerton School District.
The nearly $10 million project will be built several blocks to the south of the district’s headquarters at 1201 W Main Street, and will measure around 22,500 square feet.
The project will be partly paid for by the district itself, as well as through funds provided by the Arizona Department of Education’s School Facilities Board.
That board particularly funds projects for districts with schools that are either at capacity, or expected to reach that level in the next two years.
As planned, the new Somerton school will have enough space for nearly 300 students.
Officials have said that an increasing enrollment and city population are driving the need for new facilities in the Somerton district. The city’s population has jumped from 7,200 in the year 2000 to nearly 17,000 today.
The Somerton district currently has over 3,000 students taking classes in three elementary schools, one middle school, and a learning center.
By Garry Boulard
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