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Dedication Ceremony for New Elementary School

Fort Worth, Texas - The Fort Worth ISD will formally dedicate the new Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. The school is located at 600 Kentucky Avenue in Fort Worth.

The new Van Zandt Guinn school replaced a facility built in the late 1970’s that was one of two underground schools within Fort Worth ISD. The underground facility had multiple water infiltration issues and allowed almost no natural daylight into the learning environments.

In addition, the new school also now houses students from the former I.M. Terrell Elementary School which is being transformed into the District’s prestigious new Visual and Performing Arts/STEM Academy.

The school opened for classes in January, 2017.

“There was a time when the closing of Van Zandt Guinn was under consideration,” said Board of Education Representative T.A. Sims. “But the Board united and saved this school because it represents such an integral and vital part of this community.” 

In dramatic contrast to the former Van Zandt Guinn school, every classroom in the new school now receives natural daylight with the media center and cafeteria spaces having large expanses of glass to the north with views of downtown Fort Worth.

“Clearly the construction of the new Van Zandt-Guinn is a milestone in the Fort Worth ISD and for the near South Side revitalization,” said Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner. “There will literally be a new horizon for learning as our students will be able to see the city skyline from their classrooms.”. 

The new 67,500 sq. ft. building is centered on the high point of the school property and is oriented to maximize the connection to the historic Southside neighborhood. The new school has an Outdoor Learning Lab located at the heart of the school to encourage interest and enthusiasm for the arts and sciences.

During the January, 2016 groundbreaking 4th graders from both Van Zandt Guinn and I.M. Terrell part with District and community leaders to shovel the dirt. Those students now compose the new school’s first 5th grade class. 

This Capital Improvement project was approved by voters in 2013.  Twelve million dollars came from the Bond program while an additional $5.5 million was provided by the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number 4 (TIF-Southside). Van Zandt Guinn is within the geographic boundaries of TIF #4, and funds can be used for this purpose in accordance with an agreement between the Fort Worth ISD and the City of Fort Worth.

New Construction Facts:

  • Size (SF):  67,750 SF
  • Number of Students:  650
  • Grades:  K-5
  • Design Start Date:  July, 2015
  • Design Completion Date: December, 2015
  • Construction Start Date:  January, 2016
  • Construction Completion Date:  February, 2017
  • Architect: Perkins + Will
  • General Contractor: Joeris|BASECOM Construction Team

Van Zandt-Guinn ES Funding:
Proposition 2                                                             $12,000,000
Tax Increment Financing (TIF, District #4)                     $5,500,000
Total for Van Zandt-Guinn ES                                      $17,500,000



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