Abilene and Wylie kids will see results of summer construction on first day of school

Abilene schools undergo summer construction

ABILENE, Texas - School is back in session Monday for just about every Big Country school district. While the kids have been relaxing over the summer, crews have been hard at work with several construction projects across Abilene and Wylie ISDs.

The work out at Abilene ISD is the result of the $87 million bond passed last year. That money is now being put to work at several campuses. Construction coordinator, Joe Humphrey, showed us around some of the bigger projects that have been going on over the summer. Humphrey says they include a new circular drive way at Abilene High that will allow for a much more fluid pick-up and drop-off at the school, as well as alleviate some of the bus congestion on North 6th street. AHS's auditorium is gutted as just about everything up to the stage is being replaced or improved. Also, a total of 12 restrooms on the campus have been renovated. Next summer, the student parking lot on the west side of the campus will be repaved.

About half of Crockett Early Head Start is under construction. One of two wings of the campus was stripped down to its walls and roof. Humphrey says within the next year, the inside of that wing will be a virtually new school for Early Childhood and Head Start classes.

Bowie Elementary campus is also home to a lot of work this summer and fall. Under construction is what will be the new Bowie. Two years ago, a new wing that includes a library was built. This new construction will add to that new wing and become the completed school. Once that work is finished, the old Bowie will be torn down and the space will be made into the school's playground and outdoor space.

Over at Wylie ISD, the district's new Early Childhood campus, which includes Pre-K and Kindergarten classes for WISD is finished. Superintendent Joey Light gave us a tour of the new facility, and also talked about the growth the district is seeing. Over the summer, WISD sent surveys out to the community, asking folks what they'd like to see in the future as they accommodate bigger enrollment numbers. "It looked like the leanings of that committee was to have an elementary school near the 1750 area - there's a lot of growth in that area. So we'll take that to the committee, and from the committee to the board and we'll be making some decisions," said Light. He expects the WISD school board to discuss the survey results during its fall semester meetings.

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