HARROLD, TX (RNN Texoma) - The sound of music is a big part of education at Harrold ISD and it's about to get bigger.
The school district is finalizing a plan to create a new Ag building which will free up space for the music department.
In 2006, the district made piano lessons free and mandatory for its younger students and one year of band mandatory for all fifth graders and higher students to graduate.
"I think our kids have done well academically and I attribute that to our music," Band Director Roger Myers said.
"Those who were poor at math actually becoming B, A students," Superintendent David Thweatt said. "Let's say they were C, D students in math they've actually become B, A students."
Thweatt said he always felt music can help students learn in the classroom. After ten years of students testing better at science and math, he said he now has the results to back it up. That is why he said many parents are taking their kids to learn at his schools.
"This is a big expense for many families but we can provide those instruments for them, loan them out, and then their students can get the benefit of this education for basically free," Thweatt said.
The bigger space at the old Ag building is music to the ears of Myers who is excited that he and his students will not be cramped in the small room.
"The larger space you get a better blend of what's going on and the students can also," Myers said.
Superintendent Thweatt said he hopes to finish the plans soon because he expects the cost of metal, needed to build, to start getting more expensive.
The school board is still finishing up final plans for the project and will put it up for bid next month. It is expected to cost more than $1,000,000.