Construction crews are pressing forward with work funded by the February 2005 bond election in the Brownwood Independent School District, taking advantage of the summer break when students and teachers aren’t in class.

“There’s a lot of work going on,” Assistant Superintendent Kevin Gabaree told members of the school board Monday. “We’re praying that by the end of summer, most of the heavy work will be completed.”

At Brownwood High School, the student center’s glass wall and windows have been removed to allow reconstruction.

“It’s just a big airport hangar there right now,” Gabaree said.

Meanwhile, brick is being laid on walls and construction is continuing at the new fine arts center.

The middle school administration is in its new offices, and the “back buildings” scheduled for replacement have been demolished. Asbestos abatement is complete in other areas of the campus, and construction is continuing.

Work on the new classrooms at East Elementary is wrapping up, and roofers are at work. Gabaree said the older building will then be painted to match the new construction.

New paint is also being applied at Northwest Elementary.

Work on renovations at the intermediate school and Coggin Elementary complex recently got under way, as well as at the Old Lion Gym.