WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Sixth-grade students at Barwise Leadership Academy and McNiel Middle School began the year in newly built wings.
"The feedback has been really positive. I think the parents are excited," McNiel Middle School Principal, Tania Rushing said.
This has been the first year all middle schools in the WFISD have 6th grade.
"With the edition of the new wing it puts a great group of kids together, and the kids can transition together up to high school," Rushing said.
Both 6th-grade wings are built to hold 400 students.
"We can offer a lot more. We can get those kids on those career tracks for their endorsements for high school. We offer a lot more electives," Rushing said.
Lockers for 6th graders are in a hall right outside the newly built wing, but Public Information Officer Ashley Thomas said they won't need them for long. Chromebooks students use will have most of their curriculum at their fingertips.
"We are coming into being able to offer our kids what the big cities do," Rushing said.
Work began on both campuses in November 2015. The $22 million worth of work was paid for by the $59.5 million bond passed last May.
"The principals at both campuses were just really flexible. I can't say enough about how well they worked last year and over the summer just to make sure that everything went off without a hitch and we were ready to go when school started this year," Ashley Thomas said.
Both campuses also received cafeteria, locker room, and fine arts upgrades as well.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6