The Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District is growing fast, and this summer many schools underwent renovations or new construction.
The district had 10 construction projects while school was out, leaving some parents to wonder if the work would be finished in time for students to return to class on Aug. 23.
Despite rumors the start of school might be delayed, the EMSISD communications office said Thursday that construction and renovations would not cause delays.
Among the projects under way in the district:
Elementary No. 14 -- Willow Creek Elementary -- is set to open in August, Saginaw Elementary got a cafeteria expansion as well as new classroom space, Gilliland Elementary received cafeteria and gymnasium expansions, and Hafley Development Center also got a cafeteria expansion.
Eagle Mountain Elementary received a cafeteria and gymnasium expansion as well as three new classrooms. The school is also home to a new Geothermal heating and cooling system that replaces current systems. The system was featured on NBCDFW.com in May.
Saginaw High School got new science classrooms and a dance studio plus the cafeteria was expanded. Rough Rider Stadium outside the school is also being expanded, the new parking lot will be shared with Middle School No. 6 which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
Perhaps one of the most noticeable projects was the work at Boswell High School along Bailey Boswell Road. Demolition work on the Anderson, Ag and Industrial Arts buildings started as soon as classes ended. The school also got a new central plant thermal storage tank for it's heating and air conditioning. According to the district's website, the board approved additional funds to renovate the gymnasium, locker room area, Fine Arts Center and cafeteria, but those projects have not yet been scheduled.
Construction is also well under way on the new Hollenstein Career and Technology Center along Marine Creek Parkway north of the Tarrant County Community College Northwest Campus. The 126,000-square foot center will house 15 academies for aerospace manufacturing, automotive technology, computer technology, construction, culinary arts, industrial electronics, health science technology, legal services, visual arts, communication, and cosmetology. Classes are scheduled to start in August 2011.
High School No. 3 is also being constructed on the same site as the new Hollenstein Career and Technology Center. Freshmen and sophomores will start attending classes there in the fall of 2012.
The EMSISD administration complex also got a new building to house its business office. Employees moved into that building June 21 and the board room got a technology upgrade.
The EMSISD website reports almost every project has been completed on time and under budget.
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