OLNEY, TX (KAUZ) - Olney Independent School District is getting a new Career and Technology Education Center and renovating the current junior high school.
A large part of these upgrades are being paid for by wind farm taxes costing an estimated seven million dollars.
The district plans on breaking ground on the new CTE about a month from now.
The 14,000 square foot building will cost about three million dollars and will be located across from the high school.
It will add more career options for Olney students like engineering, welding, and classes that will provide students with vocational certificates.
"Vocational courses are so critical. They are another piece of the puzzle to go along with your academic courses," said Superintendent, Doctor Robert Roach.
While the CTE will open many doors for students the district also wants to add a certified nursing assistant program and work with surrounding community colleges to increase the number of career opportunities the center will offer.
The superintendent said the entire community will benefit from this project.
"It's a community-wide effort to try and market the aspects of the community here," said Doctor Roach.
He adds there are a lot of industries in Olney, and he hopes the new CTE Center will bring more people to the city.
High school students will have access to the facility, however, the district is improving the learning environment for the junior high students as well.
Remodeling has already started on the 50-year-old building, adding technology and science classrooms, and testing and special ed facilities.
"We were in a lot better shape to remodel this one and add on it then to just scrap it and start over. It's a good solid building," said Doctor Roach.
Olney ISD officials plan on having the junior high renovations completed by this July, and the CTE Center is set to be up and running by late fall.