“There’s quite a bit of work going on. We are doing quite a few repairs on campus. We are updating the kitchen, renovating the ag building — things that needed doing. We made budget amendments to do them,” said YISD Superintendent Penny Armstrong.
The school board at the June 21 meeting, approved a $22,000 budget amendment for ag building renovations, $25,500 for a new dish washer and kitchen repairs, and $40,000 for a computer lab at the high school.
In the kitchen, old equipment went out, which caused a chain reaction of other problems. The dishwasher went out, which in turn resulted in damaged tile having to be replaced.
One of the computer labs is being “virtualized,” with new computers and desks for a virtual classroom. Older computers will be moved to another room, where they will be set up with Odyssey Wear which students will use to study Spanish. Instead of a certified Spanish teacher, the class will be monitored by a proctor, with students doing computer work.
The ag building is being renovated to better serve the 30 active FFA students at the school. Smart boards and projectors will be put in the two classrooms which staff are going to completely re-do from the studs up.”
“Things are going so smoothly. Mr. Underwood and Mr. Burnett are going a great job. The two of them are so practical. They have such knowledge between them and apply good common sense to know what’s not worth fixing,” Armstrong noted.
As an example, she said after she showed Burnett what she had in mind for paneling in the ag building, he came back with a price for a comparable product that gives the rooms a cleaner look at a lower price.
“There are two classrooms. I’m excited about it. We’re getting quality — no corners cut — and saving on the labor at that by doing it in-house. I think the kids are going to like it,” Armstrong said.
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