The new school year is going to bring a new look to some Abilene Independent School District campuses.
Joe Humphrey, AISD’s construction coordinator for AISD, said the improvements will take time, but it is all in an effort to make life easier and safer for the Abilene students.
The biggest change people will see is the traffic flow when dropping and picking their children up at school.
“For the first time, we are cutting a big circular drive right in front of the (Abilene High School), so we will have a way to load and unload our buses and not have to unload them out on North 6th Street,” Humphrey said.
Abilene High is also getting new restrooms that are all up to code, along with new elevators.
Humphrey said Abilene High’s auditorium will also be upgraded.
“The auditorium is getting new seats, new paint, new lights, new sound system, the lobbies are getting redone, new doors, and even the big glass door at the south end of the lobby will be replaced,” Humphrey said.
Construction on the auditorium should be done by the end of November.
Upgrades are also being done at the Crockett Early Childhood Center. The improvements will add more classrooms. It will decrease class size.
Humphrey said this project won’t be completed by 2015.
The money for these projects will come from the $87 million bond passed by voters last November.
In addition, AISD officials say tells work will also start at Cooper High School next year. There will also be new safety and security plans for 10 elementary schools that will be discussed at future board meetings.