Crates were rolling and dirt was moving on a recent day at the newly built Landrum Middle School as crews worked hard with their eyes on August 16, the first day of school in Spring Branch ISD.
When staff and students return to Landrum in a few weeks, they will be in awe of the work done over the summer to be ready for the start of school.
Classroom, library, office and athletic equipment packed up by the Landrum staff at the end of the 2020-21 school year, was stored in the cafeteria while construction was finished on the new, three-story school. Landrum is the first completely new middle school built as part of the $898.4 million 2017 Bond, which was approved by district voters by an 80-percentage-point margin.
The new school was constructed at the back of the existing Landrum Middle School property at 2200 Ridgecrest. The old school, which opened in 1956, was demolished in June. Equipment and crews are in full force, working despite the July rain showers, to clear away the rubble and smooth out the area to make way for new parking lots and athletic fields.
On hand to supervise and lend a hand with moving crates to classrooms and offices were Wayne Schaper, Jr., Manager of Central Warehouse, Textbooks, Logistics and Auctions, and Diego Herrera, from the Facilities department. Both were looking forward to getting the school ready for students and staff.
“They will be amazed, like us, to walk into this nice new school,” Herrera said. “The library is nice. It looks like a college library.”
Named in honor of Spring Branch ISD’s first superintendent Dr. H.M. Landrum, the opening of the new school coincides with celebrations planned during the district’s 75th anniversary in the upcoming school year. A grand opening ceremony for Landrum is scheduled in early September.
Watch a preview of the new Landrum Middle School here.