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Georgetown students unveil new MS design concept

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Plans for a new middle school in Georgetown are in the works thanks to bond money from 2010. Tuesday the board of trustees saw a design concept developed by some of the district's own students.

Six seniors from Georgetown High School and East View High School started their school day before the board of trustees.

"I was extremely nervous coming into this," said Kaili Jensen, a senior at Georgetown High School.

"We've learned a lot about what it takes to build a building," said Cody Powell, a senior at EVHS.

Not just any building, but a middle school. As part of this year's practical STEM class the students were tasked with the assignment to develop a design concept for the new middle school the district plans to build.

"We knew what the kids would want and as former middle school students what we would want to see," said Jensen.

"I've learned all the little things that go into building a school, the security and how the students feel and interact in a space and how efficient the system will be," explained Nathan Hahn who is a senior at EVHS.

Students put in extra hours on top of their core classes. They also met with community stakeholders to get their input. With the help of Huckabee, an architecture and engineering firm, professionals helped the students develop a sleek design.

"They do have the funds to build this middle school so not only did they get the chance to do hands-on learning but it's a real project," said Kerri Ranney who works with Huckabee. She and her team applauded the students efforts and final product before the board.

"It's more realistic. You're not learning to pass a test you're working with real people and doing what real architects do," said Hahn.

He and his classmates made their teacher very proud.

"It's amazing for me to know these guys are going into the world better prepared," said GISD Engineer Instructor Jennifer McMillin.

These aspiring engineers hope to see this concept become a reality.

Several votes face trustees before construction starts including one on the design concept. There is $25 million in the budget to build the school. It's not clear if more money will be spent.

The district hopes to break ground on the project next spring and open school doors for the 2016 school year.

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