Falcon Zone hosted a ribbon cutting for the new Falcon Middle School Annex at Bennett Ranch Elementary School on Tuesday, July 18.
“We are excited to be here today to cut the ribbon on this new addition to our Firebird Nation Campus,” said Brian Smith, Falcon Zone Superintendent.
“One of the things I’m really proud of is the communication and collaboration with Elan Forehand and her administration team at Falcon Middle School. We are ensuring that our Bennett Ranch staff feel comfortable and welcome, but also that the sixth-grade staff from Falcon Middle do as well,” said Martina Meadows, BRES Principal. “We are excited to have you here to see this amazing space.”
“We are working to be very intentional to make sure that our sixth-grade students and staff members still feel like we are one. We may be a little bit away from each other, but we’re still one staff, one campus, one middle school,” said Elena Forehand, FMS Principal.
More than 60 people attended the celebration and tour. The new wing provides nearly 54,000 square feet of learning space for sixth grade students, relieving pressure at nearby Falcon Middle School. The addition also holds the administrative offices for the Falcon Zone. The project broke ground in February 2022. BRES opened in 2018, with the knowledge that the building would expand in the future. This current addition also has room for an increase in students.
The campus expansion was funded by the 2016 voter-approved 3B Mill Levy Override, which created a financial model to support the construction of new schools in D49 for years to come.
A special thank you to GH Phipps Construction and CRP Architects for their work on the new annex.