Bridge City school Superintendent Jamey Harrison announced at the “We Remember” event Sunday that the district had $8.6 million funded by the state to proceed with plans to build a new elementary campus.

The district will demolish Sims and Hatton, the elementary schools that were the most damaged of all the district’s campuses. The new school will be built on West Roundbunch Road where Hatton now stands. 

Total cost is estimated between $19 million to $20 million, with the difference made up by reimbursements from the district’s insurance company and FEMA.

The district has retained Golden Triangle architect Mark Magnuson and Woodville’s Owen Taylor engineering firm. 

Although some sections of the proposed campus are based loosely on Kimmie Brown Elementary School in Dayton, Harrison told The Record Tuesday that most of the design is “substantially different” from Brown and more “an original design by Mark Magnuson.”

A ground-breaking could be expected in about three to four weeks, and bids could go out within a month, Harrison said.

In addition to the obvious areas such as a gym, drop-zone, kitchen, life skills / special education area, library, main entrance, dining area with stage, counselor’s office and break rooms; other features of the proposed campus include a computer lab and music room. The elevation for the school will most likely be about 14 feet. The school will also make use of a natural gas generator in the event of a power loss