September 14, 2016 – Career and Technology Education Center Designs Approved
The board recently approved the designs for the new Career and Technology Education Center, Agricultural Science Center, Auditorium and WHS Athletic Expansion from the 2015 bond passing. The Board of Trustees also approved the Construction Manager at Risk Contract with Collier Construction for New Elementary School Number Six. Construction will begin in 2017, with the school opening slated for the 2018-2019 school year. A GMP for the Brabham Middle School additions was also approved.
Below are pictures of the preliminary designs for the CTE Center.
The front driveway extensions at Meador, Turner and Cannan Elementary are now complete. When school begins on August 22, cars will be able to leave the main roadways sooner and travel on a concrete drive to unloading zones. Any changes to driveway routes will be announced at elementary Meet the Teacher events on Thursday, August 18.
The Willis High School football team will play on new turf at Lynn Lucas Middle School’s Yates Stadium this fall. The turf is currently being installed and will be complete before the first home football game.
Brabham Middle School’s track installation is also underway and expected to be ready for student use by September 1.
Pepper Lawson Construction will handle package one which includes the expansion of parent drop-off lanes at Cannan, Meador, Turner and Brabham; expansion of Brabham Middle School to include a track and four tennis courts; and installation of field turf at Yates Stadium.
Durotech will oversee package two comprised of the new career and technology center, agricultural science center, auditorium and athletic additions at Willis High School.
Collier Construction was awarded package three which will build the new elementary school off League Line Road.
“We are excited about moving forward with these three construction managers who will oversee projects approved during the 2015 School Bond Election,” stated Superintendent Tim Harkrider. “We will begin work on projects in package one this spring with the hope of completing everything except the classroom expansion at Brabham before the start of school in August 2016.”
At their regular meeting Wednesday evening, Willis ISD Trustees approved an order authorizing the issuance of $70 million in bonds to begin construction on projects approved as part of the successful $109.5 school bond election last November. Projects scheduled for completion before the beginning of school in August 2016 include expanded parent drop-off lanes at Meador, Brabham, Turner and Cannan; construction of a track and tennis courts at Brabham Middle School; and installation of field turf at Yates Stadium.
“These four projects will not require $70 million, but our financial advisors indicated that today’s low interest rates make this a good time to sell bonds for the amount that we will reasonably expect to spend on the bond projects over the next three years,” stated Superintendent Tim Harkrider. “The remaining funds will be used to begin the expansion at Brabham, the new CTE Center and other additions at Willis High School.”
In a special meeting of the board on Thursday, Nov 12, 2015, trustees canvassed the results of the 2015 School Bond Election. The order canvassing the returns reflected 2328 Votes FOR the Proposition and 1524 Votes AGAINST the Proposition. Trustees adopted the order and declared the approval of the $109,500,000 school building bonds at the election held on November 3, 2015.
“Our community came together to support the largest bond proposition in WISD history,” stated Superintendent Tim Harkrider. “And they supported it by the largest percentage of “yes” votes in WISD history.”
“We pledge to be good stewards of the community faith and funds that have been entrusted to our care,” Harkrider continued.