The Uvalde (Texas) district has officially broken ground on a campus to replace Robb Elementary School.
ABC News reports that the groundbreaking comes 17 months after a former student, armed with an assault rifle, entered Robb Elementary and fatally shot 19 children and two teachers.
The new elementary school, which has not yet been named, is anticipated to open in the 2025-26 school year, says Tim Miller, executive director of the Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation. It will have capacity for 800 second, third and fourth graders.
The foundation says 75% of the funds needed to build the school have been raised. About $60 million will be needed to open the campus by the 2025 goal, says Miller.
The new site is adjacent to another elementary school in the Uvalde district, Dalton Elementary. Each campus will have access to common spaces such as a library, gymnasium, and playground.
Security measures are a top priority. The school will have an access control system, exterior door numbering, security cameras, and visitor management, according to the foundation.
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