McLaughlin Strickland Elementary


McLaughlin Strickland Elementary

Click on the thumbnails below to see photos of what is happening now at Landry.

Click thumbnails below for detailed architect rendering of completed project.

Project Details

  • New instructional two story wing that includes:
    • eight classrooms
    • two collaboration / flexible learning spaces
  • The new instructional wing will be approximately 21,000 sq. ft. when complete.
  • Minor interior renovations to expand library and to add office space.
  • Other miscellaneous items identified through the comprehensive facility assessment, including identified safety and security renovations.

Current Status

McLaughlin Elementary is under demolition. The current McLaughlin Elementary site will be used as green space. While McLaughlin Elementary is being razed, the District moved all students across the street to Strickland Elementary and changed its name to McLaughlin Strickland Elementary. McLaughlin Strickland Elementary will house students K-5th grade. In addition, a new addition will begin in the near future at McLaughlin Strickland for additional classroom space. McLaughlin Strickland Elementary now houses a Spark STEM Academy for all students.

The construction manager is currently working on the foundation and plumbing rough-in for the new two story instructional wing

Brief History of McLaughlin

Built in 1959, McLaughlin Elementary School was originally named Webb Chapel Elementary. In 1967, it was renamed in honor of its first principal, Ray McLaughlin. For almost 60 years, the campus saw thousands of students walk through its halls and built many memories over the decades for students and staff. Some former students even found their spouses at McLaughlin. Students last walked down its hallways in the spring of 2018. 

The campus held a final walk through for alumni on May 22, 2018 for those who wanted to take photos or just reminisce over familiar surroundings of their youth.

Estimated Date of Completion

August 2019

Renovations to McLaughlin Strickland Elementary will be paid for with Farmers Branch TIF funds. Therefore, the project is not included in this bond.

The TIF funds will provide for the following renovations:



  • Spark STEM Academy Improvements
  • Collaboration rooms
  • Exterior Upgrades
  • Interior upgrades
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, systems upgrades
  • New marquee
  • Landscaping improvements
Safety and Security

Safety and Security

  • Access control and cameras at selected exterior doors
  • Bollards and hardened shell at main entry
  • Fire sprinkler system upgrades


  • Secure and climate-controlled server space at each campus
  • Cabling
  • Wireless upgrades
  • Phone system upgrades