Welcome to Johnston’s Construction Central. Our district is going through an exciting period of growth and facilities development; this website serves as a one-stop resource for parents, community members, students, and the general public to stay informed of our projects. If you have questions, please use the “Your Voice” contact form to send a message; addressing your concerns is important to us.
A Growing Community
Johnston, like many of its metro counterparts, has experienced a boom in population over the past 20 years. Thanks to strong businesses and a stable economy, the Johnston population has grown approximately 99.8 percent since the year 2000 (8,649 residents in 2000 to 17,278 residents in 2013). This also means that our school-age population has grown tremendously. From 2000 – 2013, the school district has grown by 2,431 students – nearly 200 students a year.
The 2013 Bond Referendum
After 18 months of research and planning, the district moved forward with the decision to make major changes to our facilities plan in order to accommodate increasing enrollments. A bond referendum for $41 million was passed on June 25, 2013 with a 66 percent approval rate. In addition to the construction of a new 10-12 high school, the facilities plan includes renovations to the current high school to make it the new 8-9 Johnston Middle School; renovations to the current 8-9 middle school to make it the new Wallace Elementary and an all-district early learning facility; and renovations to the existing Wallace Elementary to make it a new district administration/programming center.
Much of the growth in Johnston has been in the north and west parts of the city. The Beaver Creek and Horizon elementary schools have absorbed a majority of this new student population; both schools now sit at or near capacity of 750 students. A part of the facilities plan has always included elementary boundary revisions to better distribute students to all five JCSD elementary schools. With passage of the bond in June, it means Wallace (in its new location) will change from a three- and four-section elementary to a five-section elementary, with an increased capacity of up to 750 students. At that point, Wallace, Timber Ridge, Horizon, and Beaver Creek elementaries will all be five-section, 750 student capacity elementaries. Lawson will remain a four-section elementary with a capacity of 675 students.
After passage of the bond, staff and administrators in the district began working with architects to finalize details of classroom/academic spaces, layouts, athletic facilities, and more for the new 10-12 Johnston High School. On August 18, 2014, the Board of Education approved a base bid of $74.64 million to Stahl Construction for the construction of the new Johnston High School. Construction on the 369,000 square-foot high school commenced in September 2014 and is scheduled for completion in April 2017.