A third middle school is in the works for Hutto. Its construction is set to move into its next design phase and will be built adjacent to Kerley Elementary off Haybarn Road. The new middle school will have a capacity of 1,200 students.
The HISD board of trustees approved the schematic design presented by VLK Architects. A design development phase will follow including a comprehensive and detailed plan for the project.
A large central courtyard is the main community input of the design. Everyone can easily congregate and socialize in these spaces.
Here are some Key Concepts of the Plan from VLK Architects:
• Covered Entry.
• Parking spaces and Entryways
• New artificial turf field and 8-lane track, with bleachers and field lights.
• Separated 6th, 7th, and 8th grade pods.
• U-Shape Pods and Neighborhoods and patios.
• Outdoor Dining.
• Science, Art, and CTE Programs with access to the centralized courtyard.
• Isolated Fine Arts and Gymnasium spaces.
• Shared platform between Cafeteria and Gymnasium.
Also, part of the plan is a walk/bike pathway that connects the Angelo Street to the Middle School Entrance. It’s a great way for students to get to class on time and safely!
Funding for the school will come mostly from a $194 million bond approved in 2019. And its construction is expected to be complete by the fall of 2024.
Official Name of Hutto Middle School #3
After an overwhelming vote of the school board on the community recommendations for names, Gus Almquist Middle School is the official name of the third Hutto Middle School.
Gus Almquist was a Hutto School Board member for more than 17 years. He also served as president of the board and ensured that Hutto ISD remained independent during talks of a Pflugerville/Hutto consolidation. Almquist’s wife also created Hutto’s first Hippo mascot costume. He, together with his siblings, children and grandchildren are all Hutto graduates.
After retiring from the Board and farming, Gus Almquist spent his entire life at Hutto ISD in maintenance and groundskeeping. He became known to all as “Mr. Gus”, with a caring heart, affectionate nature, and great friendliness to everyone.
“The naming of a school says so much about a school community. I am thrilled to know the school’s namesake, Gus Almquist, exemplifies the wholesome character traits that we all want students and future residents to model,” said Celina Estrada Thomas, Ph.D., Superintendent.