|Como-Pickton breaks ground on $4.7 million elementary wing|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
May 20, 2005 - Como-Pickton school officials broke ground Thursday on what will become the new elementary wing at the school, with board members and administrators shoveling the soil to signal the start of construction.
“This is a very special time for us,” C-P Superintendent Bryan Neal told the gathering, which included school teachers, workers, administrators and children, as well as members from the community, the construction managers, bank representatives and numerous others. “This signals progress for the kids ... . Teachers, it’s for you, too.”
Jackson Construction of Quitman will oversee construction of the $4.7 million structure, estimated to be between 34,000 and 35,000 square feet. Eubanks Harris Architects of Tyler was selected for architectural work. Eubanks Harris has done extensive construction for school districts such as Whitehouse, Lindale, Chapel Hill-Tyler, Queen City, Alba-Golden, Big Sandy and Alvaredo, as well as Lon Morris and Panola College.
To fund the project, the district obtained a loan from the bank, which will be paid back using budgeted district funds to repay the debt over the next 20 years.
“The cost will come from existing funds,” Neal emphasized. “There will be no increase in taxes. We’re paying this.”
The new building will be constructed on approximately two acres of land to the south and east of the current elementary structure.
School officials made plans for the new structure to accommodate increased elementary enrollment, doubling the size of the dining hall to properly meet existing needs, and provide adequate space for administrative offices.