Project school Truman Elementary
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Built in 1970, Truman Elementary serves nearly 600 students!

Truman is an open-concept school, which means that classrooms do not have permanent interior dividing walls or doors.

The school’s student population is diverse, with more than 10 language groups represented. About 20 percent of Truman students are English language learners.

Thanks to a bond measure that voters approved in February 2017, this school will be completely rebuilt.

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Truman’s open-concept design no longer supports 21st-century learning or its diverse population, which includes a mix of Highly Capable students, English language learners and students who are experiencing mobility. In fact, the building presents a number of challenges:

  • Open concept: Without permanent interior dividing walls and doors, learning distractions are frequent.
  • Overcrowding: The school was built to accommodate 450 students. It currently holds 600 students.
  • Age: After nearly 50 years, the building has incurred wear and tear despite careful maintenance efforts.
  • Nonfunctional as a community space: Truman does not have available space to host large community groups or house items that could help struggling families.

Learn more about the challenges and a symposium to begin the redesign of the school.

Design concepts

After a planning symposium on April 27, teams of staff members and architects developed four design concepts.

  • Concept 1: Belonging * beauty * community * collaboration
  • Concept 2: Past and future in the real world
  • Concept 3: The community center
  • Concept 4: Student-centered design

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