Summer is the time of year when school officials and contractors hope to make significant progress on construction, but rainy weather since the end of May has slowed work on projects funded by a $29.4 million bond project in the Brownwood Independent School District.

School board members were briefed on the situation at Monday night’s meeting.

“If we get good weather the rest of the summer, we’ll see some real progress,” Assistant Superintendent Kevin Gabaree said.

Dr. Sue Jones, superintendent, said the main problem has involved the auditorium and fine arts center at Brownwood High School, which was open to the elements. Water has had to be pumped out.

Trustee Dr. Justin Murphy said he and trustee John Nickols toured construction areas last week with Gabaree.

“I can understand all the problems with all the rain,” Murphy said. “But it does look like progress is being made. If you look at how the middle school appears, you can anticipate how things are going to be at the high school.”

Gabaree said the bid process for roofing at the high school is under way, with advertisements planned July 15 and 22, and a bid opening set for Aug. 2. Those bids will go to the board for approval on Aug. 13.

The next roof project to be bid will be for Northwest Elementary, with an Aug. 17 opening and board consideration at a called meeting Aug. 29.