Renovated and expanded Maize Middle School

The need:

Maize USD 266’s two middle schools, Maize South Middle School and Maize Middle School, are nearly full. Middle school enrollment is projected to jump another 7 percent by 2019-2020, adding an additional 113 students, according to professional demographers RSP. (Please click here to see their full report.)

Maize Middle School's tiered commons (pictured above) is cramped and limits flexibility for multi-purpose uses. In some cases, including with its original science lab, the school's outdated classrooms do not meet the needs of today's students. Its hallways are narrow and crowded, as illustrated in the picture at left. The school originally was built as a high school.

Our vision:

An expanded Maize Middle will provide needed space for future student enrollment and improvements to the school, which is about 30 years old. The plan would add a new cafeteria/auditorium, stage and eighth-grade classrooms. It would renovate the existing sixth-grade pod. The current commons space would be redesigned to be music and special education classroom space.