The Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy is rising, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of Clinton Middle School.

The Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy is rising, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of Clinton Middle School.

Construction is progressing nicely on the new home for the Spanish-learning program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to Warren D. Hubbard, Columbus City Schools' project manager for capital improvements.

The building taking shape at 3940 Karl Road will be completed in time for the start of the 2016-17 school year, Hubbard said last week during a tour of the new facility.

"It got enclosed reasonably quickly," he added. "It's coming along pretty good."

The Spanish Immersion Academy is currently holding classes at 2155 Fenton St.

The construction, which began in mid-2015, is on what was the site of Clinton Middle School, which was demolished after Columbus International High School moved in 2012 to the former North High School building on Arcadia Avenue.

"We're on schedule," said Chuck LaFollette, project manager for R.W. Setterlin Co., which was awarded the contract on the Spanish Immersion Academy in March 2015.

The two-story, 66,600-square-foot school will include classroom wings, a gymnasium, cafeteria with raised stage, library, administrative offices, and playgrounds, according to the firm's website.

The current building in which the classes are meeting is 38,000 square feet, according to Jacqueline D. Bryant, communications manager for the school district.

She said completion was pegged for August.

At any one time, about 70 or so people have been working on the project, according to LaFollette.

In a statement, principal Kathryn D. Meyers indicated that she, her staff, the students and their parents are all eagerly anticipating having a new home in the next school year.

"We at CSIA are very excited about the progress of our new building," Meyers said. "We are confident that it will nurture the growth of our program as we continue our work to support the development of our bilingual and bi-literate students as they move forward to become a part of a global community."

According to Bryant, the estimated cost for the project is $16,656,698.

The new building will include:

* Two pre-kindergarten classrooms

* Three kindergarten classrooms

* Three first-grade classrooms

* Three second-grade classrooms

* Two fourth-grade classrooms

* Two fifth-grade classrooms

* Two sixth-grade classrooms

* One science classroom

* Three special education classrooms

* One art classroom

* One music classroom

The website for the Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy indicates that kindergarten and first-grade students are taught only in the language they are endeavoring to learn, and English instruction is not introduced until second grade.