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School Bond 2017: Construction to Begin

Posted Date: 06/03/2020

School Bond 2017: Construction to Begin

November 15, 2018 - This month, construction is getting underway on the first of the Amarillo ISD 2017 School Bond projects with renovations to Fannin Middle School and Lamar Elementary School. These projects are the first of $100 million authorized by voters in November 2017 to address renovation and restoration needs associated with the District’s aging facilities.

A full renovation is underway at Fannin, including 11 new classrooms, a secured entrance with bullet resistant glass, a new library and enlarged cafeteria, restroom renovations, refurbished courtyard areas and a new office/administration area. This work is scheduled to be complete by August 2020. The work at Lamar, with a completion date of August 2019, will include drainage improvements, bullet resistant glass installation and plumbing and sewer line replacement.

The next package of bond projects to begin construction soon includes work at Palo Duro High School, Travis and Mann middle schools and Allen 6th Grade Campus. In addition to an auditorium overhaul, work at Palo Duro will include converting existing basement space into classrooms, renovating restrooms and shower areas, and improving drop-off areas. Travis, Mann and Allen 6th Grade will receive restroom renovations, drop-off area improvements, and new exterior windows at Mann.

Four schools – Caprock and Palo Duro high schools, Fannin Middle School and Sleepy Hollow Elementary - will receive classroom additions to address overcrowding, and the District will add an additional layer of safety and security by installing bullet resistant glass in all exterior doors at elementary schools and assessing student drop-off areas for safety improvements.

The bond projects, which will touch every campus in AISD with the exception of the newest schools, the Bowie and Travis 6th Grade campuses, have been divided into packages and four local architect firms are busy designing, drawing, and developing plans and schematics to guide the construction process. Actual construction will be accomplished in phases over the next three years, with all projects targeted to be complete by the end of 2021.