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Lantana elementary school construction progressing on schedule

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The Adkins Elementary administration team received an update on the school’s construction progress on Monday and celebrated the building’s topping off as the last piece of its frame was put in place.

With the Lantana school’s namesake and former Denton ISD teacher Dorothy Adkins present, officials from construction company Balfour Beatty led the school administration and staff on a tour of their future campus.

Adkins Elementary will feature environmentally friendly features, such as a geothermal pump that reduces energy usage by transferring heat from the ground to the building.

The school is based on the district’s most recent architectural prototype, which reduces taxpayer funds spent on its planning and design, according to school officials.

The design also keeps utility costs at a minimum through the use of natural lighting combined with sensors that adjust brightness based on the environment.

Denton ISD has budgeted $739,000 for 13.5 staff positions at Adkins Elementary. There will only be about 250 students enrolled the first school year.

Adkins is scheduled to open for the 2014-15 school year, which begins Aug. 25.

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