Construction is scheduled to start late this month on a campus that will replace the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school where 19 students and two teachers were killed in 2022.
KENS-TV reports that the school will be twice as big as the campus it is replacing--Robb Elementary.
The Uvalde Moving Forward Foundation, a nonprofit which has led planning and fundraising efforts for a new school, said a groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Oct. 28. The new school will have capacity for 800 second, third and fourth graders.
The foundation says it's raised just 75% of the funds needed for construction. Work is gearing up now so that the campus will be ready by the start of the 2025-26 year.
The two-story school has been designed with security at top of mind, according to the Moving Forward Foundation's executive director. It will have 9-foot-tall privacy gates, keyless entry points and a road built specifically to make access easier for first responders.
Community leaders have vowed that the Robb Elementary building will eventually be demolished.