CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER
BURNET — Crews began the demolition of some of the interior of Shady Grove Elementary School on Oct. 12 to launch a $9.04 million project to add classrooms, security features and other amenities at the unoccupied campus, officials say.
The work is part of an approximately $26 million bond package approved by voters in 2014.
“This is the heavy weight,” said bond contruction manager Mario Alaniz, referring to the second phase of the project.
Officials closed the campus, 111 Shady Grove Road, in 2013 because of budget constraints and consolidated the staff and students into other campuses.
With the passage of the bond by voters in 2014, the funding will breathe new life into the school with renovations and grounds additions as well as classroom and lunchroom expansion.
“They’ve planned about 20,000 square feet, which works out to about 18 classrooms,” Alaniz said of the elementary school campus. “What we’re calling ‘package II,’ which is Shady Grove and (projects at) Burnet High School, is just slightly under budget.
“It’s a combination of the design,” Alaniz added about the budget prediction. “It starts with the need, then the design, then it goes to contractors.”
American Constructors, based in Austin, is expected to have the Shady Grove project completed by August 2016.
Other work includes an addition to the existing kitchen (735 square feet), upgrades at the main entrance to allow better vehicle access and a new bus loop at the rear of the building.
At the high school, 1000 The Green Mile, preparation work is expected to get underway for the Career, Technology and Education (CTE) building in October.
Other work, including renovation of an art room and a new secured entryway, are planned for the summer of 2016.
The high school projects are estimated to cost about $1.8 million with the bulk of the expense going to the CTE building.
The CTE building will house a woodworking shop and amenities for an engineering program.