The renovations and remodeling funded by a 2005 bond program are almost complete, members of the Brownwood Independent School District board of trustees were told Monday.
“I’m pleased to report that the work is winding down,” Assistant Superintendent Kevin Gabaree said.
He said work on the “300 Wing” of Brownwood High School, scene of the most extensive renovations, is expected to be finished by Thanksgiving, and work on the “700 Wing” will be completed by Christmas.
“Then, we’ll only have our final punch list and the 10th Street parking lot to complete,” Gabaree said.
At other campuses, only half of a parking lot needs surfacing at Brownwood Middle School.
Gabaree said all the bond money, as well as the interest it generated while being held prior to making payments, has been expended. So further projects, such as Phase 2 at Northwest Elementary School, will be funded by local operations money budgeted for those purposes. Designs for that project, to be addressed next summer, will be completed this fall.
Bids will also be brought to the board, probably next month, for improving the parking lot at the bus barn.
“We’ve made good progress at Woodland Heights, and the plans are very exciting for Northwest,” Dr. Reece Blincoe, superintendent, said.
Extensive renovations which included moving the office from the second floor to the ground floor entrance were begun at Woodland Heights over the summer, and school began in August while they were still being completed. Blincoe praised the campus administration and faculty for their efforts during the interim.
A massive project to replace roofs on school-owned buildings is about two-thirds complete, Gabaree said, with eight of 12 buildings finished. Next in line are the administrative office on Southside Drive, Coggin Elementary School, the field house at Gordon Wood Stadium and the Boys and Girls Club building.
Voters approved a $29.4 million bond package in February 2005 to fund sweeping upgrades for every campus in the Brownwood district, but school officials were challenged to stretch those funds after construction costs soared up to 30 percent after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed major sections of the Gulf Coast.