BANGS - Superintendent Bill Foster said hes been receiving compliments this summer from across the state on the new Bangs High School facility, usually from people who are passing through this area on vacation travels.

After winning a key architectural award, those compliments will probably become more frequent.

Foster announced that the Bangs Independent School District and Fromberg Associates, architects, have been presented an award for architectural excellence with distinction in the area of value in the 2008 Texas Association of School Boards-Texas Association of School Administrators Exhibit of School Architecture Awards Program.

Meanwhile, Bangs school officials are preparing for the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 25, and will hold an open house at the new high school from 3 to 5 p.m. this Sunday.

Its a once in a lifetime event for many of us, Foster said. Its certainly rare for cities the size of Bangs. Our own school has been gaining statewide notice, and well be hosting a come-as-you-are open house on Sunday.

Foster said members of the FFA and National Honor Society chapters will be on hand to help provide tour assistance, and light refreshments will be served.

Each year, the TASB and TASA join forces to recognize school districts with exemplary architectural designs. Submitted projects may be recognized in one of more of five areas: Design, educational appropriateness, innovation, process of planning and value.

The construction of the Bangs High School has been years in the making and is a grassroots effort of the entire community, architect Randy Fromberg said. The collaboration of school board, district administration, campus staff and the community has resulted in an exemplary educational environment for the Bangs students and staff.

The Bangs High School project will be displayed at the 48th annual TASB-TASA convention in Dallas this fall, as will be showcased in other educational convention across the state and the nation through May 2009.