Come December, the capacity of an already growing school system will see a marked increase with the opening of the new Alvarado Intermediate School.

“Our original plans were for the new school to open by the fall of 2008, but because we decided to do peer reviews, in which opinions and suggestions were sought from another architectural and engineering firm, and also due to some weather days, opening will be delayed until December,” school superintendent Chester Juroska said in an interview with the Post.

WRL Construction Management-at-Risk is handling the bids and sub-contracts for the $18.65 million project.

Juroska said the fifth and sixth grades will transfer to the new building, with the fourth grade slated to move in the fall 2009.

“We’re excited about the new school,” Juroska said. “It has a beautiful design and will be such an asset in our school district. It will help in the learning process of our students because of the cutting edge technology.

“Our old building was tired and worn out,” he said. “The students will surely be proud of the new building.”

Assistant superintendent Mark Ratcliff said the 119,567 square foot facility will accommodate 1,000 students.  

“It will create space for growth in our other three elementary schools,” Ratcliff said.

For more information, visit the district’s Web site at or call 817-783-6800.

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