Construction Set to Begin on Electra's New School

It's been a little over a year in the making, but the site of Electra I.S.D.'s new junior high and high school is finally set to begin any day now.

The city park in Electra, adjacent to the current high school was the first choice for the new school, but as Newschannel 6 first reported in February of 2015, it was decided the new location would be behind the elementary school and it would be a better fit.

"It's going to be a lot better for our school district.  We'll be able to utilize both buildings and kids will be able to go back and forth," said Scott Hogue, Electra I.S.D Superintendent.

At the corner of West and South Main, it may not look like much, but it's soon to be the location of Electra's new junior and high school.

"I actually got off the phone this morning with the city and the architect who's been in touch with the contractors.  Final meetings ought to be tomorrow to get the building permits and what I've been told is we could get started Monday morning if we needed to," said Hogue.

The new school will have two separate wings.  In the junior high wing, there will be six junior high classrooms, and a science and computer lab.  The high school wing will have about 10 classrooms with an art/home ec. room, an agriculture classroom with a shop and another science and computer lab.

Hogue told Newschannel 6 the timeline for construction is about 465 days, but he is hoping it will be done by next school year.

"We value history here in Electra.  We're very proud of where we've come from and the history of the community, so we just wanted to be competitive.  We wanted our kids to be able to compete with other children when they go to school or whatever form of education they pursue after high school," said Hogue.

The new school was a part of Electra I.S.D.'s $11.98 million school bond that passed May of 2015.  The school itself will cost about $10 million.

Once the new junior high/high school is complete, the bottom floor of the current one will be used for E.I.S.D. administration offices.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6