Recent Rain Causes Few Hiccups For Archer City ISD

Recent Rain Causes Few Hiccups For Archer City ISD
The demolition will soon begin at Archer City ISD.  We've been following the progress of that work since the $17.7 million school bond passed last November.

Despite recent rain and flooding a majority of the project is still on track. The school is still expected to be completed by August 2016. However, school officials said the recent rain has caused a few hiccups in progress.

 That includes a pushed back date of when the new turf football field will be completed. It was originally set for completion this Wednesday, July 1, but after weeks of rainy days and muddy fields they were forced to shut down operations.

"Really the only thing it will cause us to change is our location to practices," said Archer City ISD Superintendent C.D. Knobloch. "We wanted to practice on that field to get ready for the season but because it's not ready we'll be on our old practice field."

Those delays caused about a four week backup period. The turf completion date is now scheduled for August 15th.

Progress on the rest of the school bond is still on track. Just a couple more things still need to be done before they begin tearing down the nearly 100 year old building.

Monday, crews were out clearing asbestos from the old school building, a process that should only take a few more days. Once that's completed, they will begin a few building modifications to keep the old school building away from the parts of the school that will remain standing.

Knobloch expects the demolition to begin within the next few days or week. He says once demolished, thousands of bricks will be available for family's to pick up and keep. They will be piled outside the school building.

Crews have also focused attention on the school's library. Officials say cracks in the foundation are being repaired. Work on that portion of the school is expected to be complete by the end of the week.

"Something new every day, and a great deal of work for us all," said Knobloch. "It's interesting but I look forward to the day it's all complete."

 Other portions of the bond are already completed. The district has already purchased new school buses; they have set-up new portable class rooms and also added new bleachers for the gym.

 Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6