School Board given update on projects
Trustee’s were given an update about the renovation, expansion and construction of several Burleson ISD schools at the June 11 board meeting.
Burleson ISD’s Executive Director of Facilities Regi Brackin and Construction Manager Cliff Holden provided some insight to how the projects were progressing.
At Hughes Middle School, concrete drives were starting to take shape the second week of June and should be completed by the end of the month. Additionally, the drive off of Murphy Street will have added parking with a stack lane, as well as two lanes designated for drop-off and pick-up.
Portable classrooms have been set up to allow 12 classes to take place outside of the construction zone. Demolition of existing administration and classrooms is ongoing and preparation for construction on the office, library and classrooms east of the library is set. Phase two of this construction will begin the week of July 5.
Lockers in the hallway have been removed and light fixtures and ceiling tiles that can be re-purposed are being removed and packed away for re-installation later.
At Kerr Middle School at Hidden Creek, site utilities, such as the sanitary, storm and water supply systems are nearly complete. Paving operations have also begun on the North side fire lane.
Burleson High School is also slated to get an update, and the innovative collaboration space, with break-out meeting area, is set to begin in July.
Burleson ISD is quickly growing and the improvements and construction to these schools will help accommodate the more than 14,000 students expected to be enrolled in BISD schools over the next 10 years.
BISD is funding the project through an $85 million bond package and a tax ratification election (TRE). The projected monthly cost to homeowners is $14.74 on the average-priced home in BISD ($161,050). Senior cityzens ages 65 year and older will not see a tax increase. The bond package was passed last year.