There was a concept that guided the design of South Belton Middle School. It was to create tighter bonds within each grade level of students. To tie them together with a focused space that contained all of their classrooms, labs, and support spaces.
These pod groupings all have the same layout and a centrally located flex space. The sixth grade pod is on the first floor for additional separation, whereas the seventh and eighth grade pods are in two wings of the second floor. The idea was to give students areas for collaboration, to foster that sense of community.
Flexibility, adaptability, and supervision. Those were the goals of the flex spaces. They can accommodate a variety of functions, from small groups to large gatherings. For added supervision, every classroom has a direct view of the flex space. This facility meets the district’s goals and provides education resources for a growing population.