Itís been more than a year since voters in the Early Independent School District approved a bond package of more than $21 million for comprehensive facilities improvements, but with approval of funds from a state program the work can finally get under way. School board members approved the sale of $17.5 million in bonds during a Thursday meeting.

Early voters joined their counterparts in Brownwood and Bangs who, in elections held in 2005, also authorized bond issues for major construction and renovation issues. Those elections were signals from the voters that the communities not only support their schools and the children they educate, but also agree with the manner in which school officials are going about making these improvements.

Even casual passersby canít help but notice the scope of projects now under way on the exterior of many campuses, and especially at Brownwood High, Brownwood Middle School and Bangs High School.

Lots of work is also being completed inside, and the inconveniences to the educational process should not be underestimated. But the students, the teachers and staff and the administrators are making it work, and construction crews are working with them all to best accommodate their needs.

Indeed, even as construction has continued and even intensified, school officials announced that the test schools critical to the success of the students and the school district are continuing to improve. That is an accomplishment in any year, but it is especially noteworthy in years when the physical plant is in disarray, classrooms are being moved from place to place, and change is the only constant.

Again this summer, contractors have scheduled the heaviest and noisiest labor for the relatively few weeks when classes are out. Soon, the crews will be busy on Early campuses too. It may be a few years coming, but students throughout Brown County have a lot to be proud of as they go to classes.

Brownwood Bulletin