Although owners Don and Arlena McLaughlin had planned to open their seventh Primrose School location in The Woodlands and Spring in mid-June, that’s been delayed about two months due to a rainy construction season.
The Hughes Landing location for the accredited early childhood education facility consists of a 10,000-square foot building and playground and is now set to open Aug. 14, just prior to the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.
Although they broke ground on the facility in late October , Arlena McLaughlin said they’re excited to start moving furniture in soon, targeting mid-July.
“This is our only urban school. This means we serve reverse commuters, people who live elsewhere and work in The Woodlands, which is different from our other locations,” Arlena McLaughlin said.
Though the clientele may be different, Arlena said the curriculum will be the same.
“The outside of the building looks urban and cool and new, it doesn’t look like our traditional school. But, what goes on in the inside is the same,” she said.
The couple anticipates having a total capacity of 176 students from infants to pre-K students at the location, and will train teachers for two weeks prior to opening. Thanks to the several other Primrose locations in the area, Arlena McLaughlin said they’ll have a tenured teacher in each classroom at the new location.
“Out of all seven schools, we should have about 250 total employees. Providing that many jobs in the area is great. That contributes to our economy, and we’re so proud of our people and parents who allow us to provide service to our families,” she said.
Grace Sarman, who’s been working with Primrose for more than 15 years, was selected as the director of the new location in Hughes Landing. This is her third time opening a school as she’s opened both the College Park and Creekside Park locations before.
“It’s very gratifying. You get to see it go from mounds of dirt to a full building, and it makes my heart happy to serve these little children,” Sarman said.
Sarman said she’s excited for the new families they’ll be accommodating at the Hughes Landing location.
“The relationships will be different, because the parents will be working there. I anticipate lunchtime visits and things like that. We’ll be more accessible just because of where we’re at,” Sarman said.
Kristen Powers was selected as Sarman’s assistant at the new location. In the meantime, the school leaders are still presenting their model to area companies and families so parents can see what is offered at the facility and enroll their children.
Jim Carman, senior vice president of commercial development at the Howard Hughes Corp. said that partnering with Primrose gives the area yet another amenity.
“Employees working in Hughes Landing are particularly poised to take advantage of this opportunity to have their children cared for so close by, steps from their office,” Carman said.