Crews are scheduled to break ground today on Wichita's newest school — the $7.6 million Ortiz Elementary School at 33rd North and Arkansas.
It is the first new school to be funded by a $370 million bond issue that voters approved in 2008. The district will mark the start of construction with a 10:30 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony at the site.
The 62,000-square-foot school is designed to help relieve overcrowding at nearby Cloud Elementary. It will accommodate 450 students from kindergarten through fifth grade and will have a computer lab, art room, two music rooms and a multipurpose room designed as a FEMA storm shelter.
Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture designed the project. Coonrod and Associates Construction Co. is the contractor.
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The school is slated to open in the fall of 2012.
It is named for the late Martin Ortiz, a North High School graduate and nationally recognized leader in Latino education. Members of Ortiz's family are expected to attend today's groundbreaking.