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Bond 2015 Updates

May 2018 - Career & Technology Education Center and Agricultural Science Center Update
The Career and Technology Education Center is coming along nicely. Floors and walls have been mostly completed, and cabinets and student study areas are being installed. As finishes are completed over the next few weeks, furniture and equipment will start to occupy the space to prepare for students in August. This building is modern, sleek, and very collegiate. Students will feel like they have left high school and gone to college! The student spaces are open, spacious and designed to maximize access to materials to enhance learning. 
The Agricultural Science Center is a truly amazing set up. Ag centers are not normally located next to CTE Centers, although it makes sense. One very unique aspect of the Ag Center is that the animal pens are located ON SITE! This means students don't have to leave school to travel to a separate facility. And, if a student doesn't have the ability to keep an animal at home, they can still participate in Ag and raise animals. Another unique component is that the Ag Classrooms are located right inside the Ag Center - so students can be learning in the classroom and look out the window or step outside to where the animals are housed for hands-on learning.
December 21, 2017 - Starting to Take Shape
The CTE building is starting to really take shape as construction moves along. We are looking forward to entering 2018, the year the Willis ISD CTE Building will open! Exciting things happening for students in WISD. 
October 11, 2017 - CTE Groundbreaking Event
Willis ISD held an official groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Career & Technology Education Center on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The 112,950-square-foot CTE Center, along with an Agricultural Science Center is set to open with the 2018 school-year. In addition to adding space to accommodate 400-500 more students at Willis High School, the school’s program offerings also will greatly increase with the addition of automotive technology, cosmetology, media tech, health and science, robotics and more. The location of the Ag building on site is rare - most schools have a facility out of town that students have to travel to. The ag building even has classrooms inside it so that students can learn in class and immediately go tend to their animals during the same class period.
September 18, 2017 - Updated CTE Building, WHS Athletic Expansion and Auditorium
The CTE building is beginning to take shape. The slab is ready for construction of the new Agricultural Science Center and the preparations are underway for the addition to the WHS Athletic Expansion and the Auditorium.
July 20, 2017 -- Aerial Pictures
Updated aerial pictures from the construction happening around Willis High School and the new CTE and Ag Building.

June 15, 2017 -- The CTE build site is coming along on schedule.

The building pad elevation and pier structures are complete. The foundation grade beams are underway as is the underground plumbing and electrical. The parking lot paving is also in progress. The first floor slab/concrete pour is scheduled for July 2017. The entire project is scheduled to be substantially complete by June 2018!

May 2, 2017 -- An aerial photo of Willis High School shows the progress made on the site prep of the new Career and Technology Center and Agricultural Science Center. 
March 20, 2017 -- The Willis High School CTE Building is moving along, with most of the clearing now complete!
March 9, 2017 -- Update on Designs for Career & Tech Center, Agricultural Science Center & Auditorium
At the board meeting on Wed., March 9, the district's architecture firm presented the updated designs for the Willis ISD Career & Technology Center, Agricultural Science Center and Auditorium. The updated renderings show further detail on how the insides of the buildings will look once completed. The CTE center and Ag Science center are scheduled to be open for student use beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The auditorium will follow shortly after with completion targeted for the fall of 2018.
CLICK HERE to view more renders of the buildings.

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.

July 28, 2016 -- Driveway Expansions, Brabham Track, Yates Stadium Turf

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.

Jan. 20, 2016 -- Construction Managers at Risk Chosen

At a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20, Willis ISD Trustees approved construction managers at risk for three different phases of the 2015 School Bond Projects.

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.”

Jan. 14, 2016 --Willis ISD Trustees Approve Bond Sale

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.”


Nov. 12, 2015 -- Board Approves Bond Election Results

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.