New Elementary on Franklin Campus

Thanks to LPS voters, the process of replacing aging facilities with state-of-the-art schools that will serve students and the community for future generations is underway! A new elementary school serving the Highland, Franklin, and Twain communities is currently under construction as part of the 2018 bond program!

The new elementary school is being built on the Franklin Elementary campus. The existing Franklin Elementary School will be replaced with playgrounds, playing fields, and parking to serve the new school and neighborhood. The new school will provide appropriate space for small- and large-group instruction, creativity, and innovation.This new elementary school will be the optimum size and will provide more opportunities for programming and flexibility while functioning as a true neighborhood school.

After the new elementary school opens, Highland Elementary School will become an early childhood education center.

Designing and building a modern, student-centered elementary school takes time and thoughtful input from staff, parents, students, and the community. It is complex work and takes lots of planning. The community has experienced some shuffling as programs move within the district to accommodate the new construction. More importantly, the process is--and will continue to be--exciting and energizing as staff members, students, parents, and community members from Highland, Franklin, and Twain come together to shape their new school’s look, feel, and culture. The new school on the Franklin campus will open in the fall of 2022.

Throughout it all, students and teachers will be fully engaged in learning within a safe, comfortable environment.

Drone Flyover September 10, 2021


(October 2021) The gym is "dried in" and sheet rock is beginning to go up. A "topping out" ceremony has been scheduled. Structural steel, roofing, wall framing, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing are underway. Demolition of the old Franklin building is ongoing.

(August 2021) Abatement of the old building is scheduled ot be completed around Labor Day weekend. Once that is done, demolition can begin! On the new building, structural steel, metal stud wall framing, mechanical/electrical/plumbing work, and brick veneer is progressing well.

(June 2021) Vertical masonry is underway for the gym. Foundation work is in progress. Abatement is ongoing in the current Franklin Elementary building and is scheduled to take approximately 10 weeks.

(May 12, 2021) Concrete foundation work is ongoing on the new school. The gym foundation has been poured, and the cafeteria foundation is almost done. Electrical and plumbing work are scheduled to start soon, and masonry should be starting in June. A groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Architect's Fly-Through of the New Elementary School-Franklin Campus

Preliminary Drawings/Concept for New Elementary School

Preliminary drawings/concept for new elementary school

Preliminary drawings/concept for new elementary school

New, Temporary Wing at Highland

Highland temporary wing in place July 25, 2019
The new, temporary wing at Highland is in place! Photo taken July 25, 2019.

Highland temporary wing aerial view 9 3 2019
New pavement and finishing touches are being added to the Highland project. Photo taken Sept. 3, 2019.

The detached, temporary wing at Highland includes 10 classrooms, restrooms for students and staff, a teacher workroom and storage. It meets or exceeds all district operational guidelines, safety and security standards, and is ADA compliant. Additional parking has been added, and a new sidewalk was added to provide access from Highland to the new wing. Each classroom has the same features as classrooms inside the school:

  • Doors and locks
  • Mass notification/intercom systems, phones
  • Wireless connectivity, projectors, etc.
  • Fire alarms

The temporary wing has an HVAC system that will provide air conditioning during warmer months and heat during cooler months. The temperature controls are centrally managed in conjunction with all other district properties.

Classrooms in the new, temporary wing look and feel much like the classrooms inside the school. 

Highland temporary wing interior hallway 8 19 Highland temporary wing classroom 8 19
Highland temporary wing classroom 8 19

November 2018 - January 2019

  • Select architect and engineering firms for the new elementary school that will serve the Highland and Franklin communities on the current Franklin campus. 
  • Survey the Franklin property
  • Survey Highland Elementary School for conversion to a district early childhood education center

January 2019 - Summer 2019

  • Prepare Highland campus to serve The Village Preschool at Ames beginning August 2019
  • South Suburban Parks and Recreation is in the design phase for a new pool and related amenities at the existing Franklin Pool site.  Additional details will be available in summer, 2019.
  • Begin design process of new elementary school

Summer 2021-Summer 2022

  • Construction of new elementary school

Summer of 2022

  • Demolition of old facility
  • Construction of parking lots, fields and playgrounds

Projected Grand Opening: Fall of 2022!