The Commerce Independent School District (CISD) took a significant step forward in the enhancement of education as it officially broke ground on the new Commerce Middle School during a district-wide ceremony held on Monday, August 8, 2023. The occasion was celebrated with great enthusiasm by students, faculty, families, and community members alike.
With a resounding message of pride and unity, Superintendent Charlie Alderman addressed the gathering, expressing his admiration for the collective efforts that led to this pivotal moment. "I'm very proud to stand before you this morning. I'm proud of our community, I'm proud of our parents, I'm proud of our staff, and proud of our students," Superintendent Alderman proclaimed, marking the commencement of the groundbreaking event. "What we are officially starting today could not come to pass without the support and dedication of all of these different groups."
The new Commerce Middle School, projected to open its doors in the fall of 2024, represents a state-of-the-art establishment tailored to the unique needs of CISD. Collaborating closely with campus and district administration, along with CMS teachers, Claycomb Associates, Architects have fashioned a facility that effectively addresses academic, athletic, career technical, and fine arts requirements.
The strategic relocation of CMS to Sregit Drive, adjacent to Commerce High School, is expected to foster a seamless academic transition between the two institutions. Furthermore, Jackson Construction, entrusted with the construction of this innovative secondary campus, aims to equip the school with cutting-edge classroom technology, including a robotics lab, to provide students with enhanced learning opportunities.
Superintendent Alderman, reflecting on his personal ties to the community and the journey leading up to this groundbreaking, shared his sentiments with the audience. "Having grown up in Commerce, I am so honored to be part of this. There are not many tangible times where you can see the support for the students and faculty of a school district. I am so happy that our staff and students can see how much their community supports them and believes in the work that they're doing."