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New high school under way
by Mike Alexieff, Editor
Dec 25, 2011 | 793 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GEORGE WEST – Demolish work has begun on old buildings as George West Independent School District gets ready for construction of a new high school, while the foundation for the new combined high school and middle school in Three Rivers is set to be poured soon.

Contractors are tearing down the old science, ag, and home ec building behind the main high school classroom building in George West.

Superintendent Ty Sparks said that work should be finished by the first of the year.

“It’s going well,” Sparks said. “We’ve had a few delays getting material out because of the rain, but we’re still on schedule.”

Construction on the new $8.6 million high school should begin on April 1, he said, as the board is expected to award a contract at its March meeting.

The goal is to have the new school open for the 2013-14 school year.

In Three Rivers, the district is spending $11 million to build a 60,000-square-foot facility that will house both high school and middle school students.

For now, that building will be for seventh through 12th grades, said Superintendent Kenneth Rohrbach.

TRISD Business Manager Donald Kasper said, “We’re pretty much on schedule. The plumbing is right on schedule, but the electricity’s a little behind. The weather has messed them up a little.”

Kasper said crews worked on Saturday in an effort to catch up.

The foundation will be poured in three sections, with the first two to be done either Jan. 7 or Jan. 14. Kasper said the work will be done on one of those Saturdays so that contractors won’t have to deal with school traffic and so they can use all the trucks they have available.

The school is scheduled to open for the second half of the 2012-13 school year.

Once the new building is complete, the old high school and middle school buildings will be demolished.

Initially, the land will be used for parking, but the school board and administration are exploring the possibility of seeking a bond election to build a new elementary school

Rohrbach said the board will have a workshop on the subject in January.
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