The community is invited to help design Howard Middle School
Posted on 08/22/2018
Opportunity Zone logoThe Howard School community has eagerly anticipated the return of Howard Middle School since the announcement that a renewed school would return in the $125 million school improvement plan for Hamilton County Schools announced last year. Now parents and community members have an opportunity to join in the planning process to design a school that will prepare the children of the community for a bright future. Community meetings are scheduled for tomorrow and Friday in the Howard High gymnasium. The meeting on Thursday, August 23 will begin at 5 p.m., and the Friday meeting on August 24 will begin at 8:30 a.m. The meeting schedule was formatted with varied times to give more residents in the community an opportunity to participate in one of the sessions.

The meetings will use a collaborative design process to allow those attending to have their voice heard in the look, feel and function of the school. The collaborative design process seeks to bring everyone to the table to talk about what the community would like to see as part of the school’s design. Participants will brainstorm how a renovation of the building can re-imagine Howard Middle and best prepare all children for high school and success after graduation. Academic and building design innovations are both open for discussion during the meetings.

2Revolutions, a national education design lab, will participate in the meetings. The group is working with the district and the community to define the challenges the school may face, explore the challenges from different perspectives, brainstorm possibilities, seek the best options, and then design real-world solutions for the Howard Middle School project.

Board member Tiffanie Robinson, of District 4, will also participate in the meeting along with administrators from the Opportunity Zone and Howard. “Our goal is to design a unique and creative plan for Howard Middle School,” said Robinson. Howard Middle School is part of the Opportunity Zone learning community of Hamilton County Schools and will serve children in The Howard School’s feeder pattern.