The public will soon get its first glimpse of what the new Hamilton Elementary School in Moline could look like.

Moline-Coal Valley School District officials, along with representatives from Legat Architects and Russell Construction, will present a conceptual design proposal for the project at a special board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the John Deere Middle School cafeteria, 2035 11th St.

The school board is slated to approve a final design at its Aug. 12 meeting. The district expects to break ground on the project in May 2014.

The Hamilton expansion is part of the district’s three-year operational plan to help raise the bar and close the achievement gap for all students.

District officials say the move will help balance class sizes, eliminate split classes and provide better support services.

The expanded school, which will have space for about 600 students, is slated to open by the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The renovation will cost about $17.3 million.

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Officials say the project will have no impact on the current tax rate.

In late May, the school board voted to close Ericsson and Garfield elementary schools and expand Hamilton. The move will save the district a minimum of $350,000 annually.

Various committees composed of district staff, community members, local officials and architects and construction managers have formed to provide feedback at all levels of the process.

The district also has provided information at its website, www.molineschools.org, including live links to agendas and minutes of the various committees.