“We believe the Rosa Parks Elementary expansion project is about bringing the city of Middletown together. Rosa Parks Elementary is at the center of the city … (and) we want our school’s modern addition to be our part of revitalizing and bringing new life to the community’s bright future,” said Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr., referring to the school’s surrounding neighborhoods and beyond.
The Rosa Parks enrollment of 575 students will grow to 800 by the time school starts in 2021.
The CBL learning technique duplicates – in an age-appropriate style – a team project approach toward solving real-world problems using traditional academic subjects. CBL also encourages the development of interactive communication skills, leadership and teamwork that will better prepare students for their work careers as adults.
The $10 million construction plan’s funds are left over from a $86 million project that led to a new middle school and expanded high school, both of which opened in September 2018.
Details on the bigger Rosa Parks’ enrollment process from beyond the school’s adjacent neighborhoods are still to be worked out, said officials.
Elementary schools in Middletown are projected to continue to see enrollment growth in the coming years.
Elizabeth Beadle, spokeswoman for Middletown Schools, said the additional learning spaces will have city-wide impact.
“The Rosa Parks Elementary expansion project means we will no longer have to convert closets to classrooms or provide intervention in a (school) hallway,” said Beadle. “The addition gives all Middletown elementary students the appropriate space to learn and thrive during their time inside our schools.”