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Construction of children's center at LISD begins

Released by Maya Bethany with Lindale ISD:

LINDALE, TX - Construction is underway at the Lindale Independent School District's Early Childhood Center. Architects began to clear the land for the classroom expansion project last week.

As the student population in the district continues to rise at a rapid rate, the district had an immediate need for additional classrooms at the ECC. Eight classrooms will be constructed.

Students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten are educated at the Early Childhood Center. Currently the student enrollment is 387. In September that number was 381. Student capacity for the campus is 360 and core for the campus is 500.

"We really could use the extra classrooms right now," LISD Superintendent Stan Surratt said. "The additional space will bring some much needed relief to that campus and address future growth. We had to put up dividers in one of our activity rooms to create extra class space this year."

Construction will continue throughout the school year and the construction management firm, Jackson Construction of Quitman, has created a safety screen around the construction area to keep students away from danger and to protect students from construction debris.

The project's estimated completion date is August 1, 2010. District officials hope to have the new classrooms ready for the first day of school.

"Our construction management firm (Jackson Construction) is off to a very speedy start," Superintendent Surratt said. "I appreciate them taking the extra safety precautions for our students."

The guaranteed maximum price for construction of the eight classrooms is $1,567,528. The construction will be paid for with money from the district's general fund.

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