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IPS Breaks Ground on Major Renovations, New Facilities at T.C. Howe Middle School

Today Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) officials gathered to break ground on extensive renovations and new facilities at T.C. Howe Middle School. This is the seventh groundbreaking event this year as the district continues to make good on the promises of its Rebuilding Stronger plan. 

T.C.Howe is one of 23 schools undergoing renovations this year, thanks to the generous support of the Indianapolis community. In May 2023, voters overwhelmingly supported the district’s Rebuilding Stronger Capital Referendum, entrusting the district with $410 million in taxpayer dollars to transform IPS school buildings and expand academic and athletic offerings. 

“On behalf of our teachers, families, and students at T.C. Howe, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the entire Indianapolis community,” said T.C. Howe Middle School Principal, Frances Rivera. “You are the reason we are standing here today celebrating the kickoff of these construction projects. Parents and teachers know that education is the best investment there is — and we’re so excited to show your dollars at work delivering rigorous academic curriculum and competitive athletics programs for our students.” 

Highlights of the construction  at T.C. Howe include: 

  • Improved space functionality to support programs and address deficiencies 
  • Security upgrades, including the installation of card access systems and cameras
  • Athletic facilities enhancements
    • New turf football field
    • Resurfaced track
    • New softball and baseball fields
    • New dugouts, batting cages, fences, and bullpens
    • New goalposts, storage building, and concessions
    • New restrooms, lighting and sound systems
    • New “tip & roll” bleachers and grandstand improvements
    • New accessible routes and drainage improvements
  • Installation of a state-of-the-art VOIP phone system and intercom via other funding.

The renovations, managed by Indianapolis-based architecture firm J.S. Held, are scheduled to begin in Fall 2023 and are expected to be completed by Summer 2024. Throughout the construction period, the school will continue to operate as usual, with IPS committed to minimizing disruptions and ensuring the safety and convenience of students, families, staff, and the community.

“I know there was a time when some families felt like IPS was the default option or their only option rather than their best option,” said IPS Supt. Dr. Aleesia Johnson. “But everyone standing beside me today — IPS teachers, principals, coaches — we want you to feel great about where your kids go to school. We are working hard to make our schools feel the way you dream about a school feeling — and we invite you to watch us work.” 

Also during the groundbreaking ceremonies, IPS officials announced the district is making a major investment in the health and wellness of its employees with the soon-to-open myIPS Employee & Family Clinic at Howe: Partnering with Ascension St. Vincent.

Scheduled to open in Fall 2024, the employee health and wellness clinic will be located inside Howe.