The new Truman Elementary School won’t open until fall 2020, but the public is invited to a preview of the future school. Preliminary architectural designs will be unveiled at an open house on Tuesday, March 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to talk to the planning team and provide feedback. The event will be held at the school, 4505 NE 42nd Avenue. Children are welcome.
The planning team, comprised of Truman staff members and architects, has developed a design, which takes inspiration from a community symposium held last year. At the symposium, approximately 60 staff members, parents, students, partners and community patrons dreamed of what the new school could be.
Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2019, with the new school opening fall 2020. Students will continue to attend classes in the current building while their new school is being built on the southeast corner of the site.
Funding for the replacement Truman comes from a bond measure passed by voters in February 2017. Bond dollars also will pay for seven other replacement schools, three new schools and major upgrades at five schools. Various improvements are being made at every other school in the district. A complete list can be found on the district’s website at http://vansd.org/reschools/.