The Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission met Wednesday, approving the preliminary and final plats for two new schools in the Waxahachie ISD.

The commission considered the plats of the districtís new sixth-grade campus and elementary school, which were both approved by voters in Novemberís bond election.

The sixth-grade center will be located south of Parks School House Road, across U.S. Highway 287 from Clift Estates, and will be on a 19.77-acre lot. The elementary school will be located northeast of U.S. Highway 287, between Broadhead Road and Indian Hills on a 14.1-acre lot.

Designed by Huckabee Architects and engineered by Adams Engineering, the schools include similar features, with the primary difference between the two being the size of the sixth-grade center, Tony Mansell of Huckabee said.

Both schools will have pitched roofs and are designed to facilitate expansion if necessary, Mansell added.

Tim Hodes of Adams Engineering told the commission the schools are scheduled to open in August 2008.

Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held for the new elementary school and sixth-grade center on Tuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., respectively.

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