Building From The Bond

Building From The Bond

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Progress being made as renovations continue at junior highs within the Wichita Falls Independent School District can be seen from the roadways. Sixth grade wing additions are being built at McNiel Junior High and Barwise Leadership Academy.
     "They are getting 6th grade additions added to their current campus in order to accommodate all 6th graders being at the junior high level for next year," Ashley Thomas, Communications Officer for the Wichita Falls ISD said. 
The 2016-2017 school year, sixth grade will no longer be offered at the elementary level. That means around 400 students will go to McNiel and 400 more will go to Barwise, while 200 will go to Kirby World Academy. To accommodate that influx of students, Thomas said these wing additions were needed. Work on those additions began in November. 
     "In the Fall we got started and constructions crews have been working all through the fall and over Christmas break and continue to work diligently every day to stay on track," Thomas said. 
Both Barwise and McNiel are receiving additions to their food service areas, while Kirby is getting it's HVAC system replaced. Classrooms are being worked on as well to accommodate more students at the Kirby campus. Thomas said weather has not really impacted these projects. 
     "We've been really fortunate with the way the weather has been in the fall and then over Christmas. It hasn't been too bad and it hasn't hindered the construction process too much," Thomas said. 
Almost half of the nearly $60 million bond is paying for these junior high additions and renovations. Thomas said the district would like to have a bulk of the framework complete before the rainy season hits Texoma. 
     "That's what the goal is now; to get the roof and the walls up so that the rest of the construction can be done inside and weather wouldn't be as big of a factor then," Thomas said. 
At the moment they are under budget; but the projects have not been completed. But Thomas said she is optimistic the construction will be complete by the time classes begin in the fall. Anthony Inman Construction has been contracted for both wing projects.

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