As the nation continues to mourn the 21 innocent lives that were lost at Robb Elementary School, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District announces it has secured support from donors for the construction of a new elementary school. Through the benevolence of several leaders from surrounding communities, a charitable foundation,
the Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation, has been established to help collect additional funding for the project, which will complement and build upon the existing institutions in the district.
Among the donors leading the way for this project are the Butt Family and H-E-B, which have announced they will commit a combined $10 million in funding. Additionally, Fort Worth-based Huckabee and Joeris, two Texas firms that will aid in the design and construction of the school, will waive the fees for their architectural work and contracting services, respectively. The generosity of these donors, which are longtime supporters of public education, as well as others who have given to this effort, will help the children, families, and Uvalde community move forward together.
“We will never forget those who were senselessly taken from us on that tragic day, and we want to honor their legacy as we work to build our future,” said Dr. Hal Harrell, Uvalde CISD Superintendent. “Along with the entire Uvalde community, we are immensely grateful for the extreme generosity from our amazing donors, and we look forward to
collaborating on this exciting new campus. Thank you to everyone for the unyielding support our community continues to receive from across Texas, the nation, and world.”
Contributions to support this effort can be made by donating to the Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation, a nonprofit charitable trust setup to help fund the new elementary campus. Donations can be made by visiting UvaldeCISDMovingForward.org. Details for alternative ways to give to the foundation also are available on the website.
“Our children are this country’s future, and our schools should be a safe place where children want to be, a place where they can thrive and envision new possibilities,” said Charles Butt, H-E-B’s Chairman. “I join with my family and H-E-B in working to ensure the Uvalde community can move forward from this tragic event.”
“Public schools are the foundation of a community,” said Chris Huckabee, CEO of Huckabee. “Our team is honored to partner with Joeris Construction, the Butt family, H-E-B, and so many others to design a new facility that will honor Uvalde and serve its future generations.”
“At Joeris, our mission is to transform people and places. We are honored and humbled to be a part of this important effort to create a safe place where children can learn and grow and that gives this community hope for a brighter future,” said Gary Joeris, CEO of Joeris General Contractors.
Since planning is in the beginning stages, the location and design of the new campus and timeline for the project have not been determined. As part of the process, the school district will work in tandem with the Uvalde community, donors, and other stakeholders to solicit ideas and gather feedback for the project. While much planning lies ahead, the
direction for the new campus includes significantly enhancing educational offerings, safety and security measures, and infrastructure to support the availability of new technology. No plans have been made on which grade levels the new elementary campus will service when it becomes operational.
Built in the 1960s, Robb Elementary School serves nearly 550 students in grades second through fourth. While a timeline hasn’t been determined, the school has been permanently closed and plans are in place for the school to be razed, ensuring students and staff will not have to return to the site of the tragedy.