MIDLOTHIAN

Midlothian ISD and city leaders will break ground on the new J.R. Irvin elementary school in two weeks and the community is invited.

With funding secured from 2016 bonds approved by voters, the new J.R. Irvin building will be 92,000 square feet and located at 600 S. 5th Street.

“They've been moving dirt all summer," MISD Chief Communications Officer Karen Permetti said. "Clearing the plot, moving the trees. This is kind of like the kickoff."

According to a previously published story, the new elementary school will have the capacity to serve 750 students — 400 more than the previous campus.

The former J.R. Irvin building will be repurposed either as an INCubatoredu youth entrepreneurship center, the relocated Jenkins Daycare Center or moving in the LEAP Academy or Disciplinary Alternative Education program.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at 600 S. 5th Street. The new J.R. Irvin Elementary building is expected to open next August.