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Kilgore ISD breaks ground on new schools thanks to school bond


Kilgore Independent School District took their first step toward making two new schools a reality.

A groundbreaking took place Tuesday for a new middle school, as well as a new elementary school, for Kilgore ISD. The $44 million for the schools will be covered by a $55 million school bond that passed last May. The remaining balance will be used for upgrades at other school facilities.

Several dozen people were in attendance, including Kilgore ISD Superintendent Jody Clements, Kilgore Mayor R. E. Spradlin III, Retired Judge Alvin Curry, and State Representative David Simpson. 

The land, located at the corner of Highway 259 and Baughman Road, was owned at one time by the Laird family. Kilgore ISD negotiated with the family to purchase the property, which years ago was the location of a drive-in theater.  

The original drive-in sign is in bad shape, but it was announced today at the ceremony that Kilgore ISD will refurbish the sign and use it to display school announcements.

"Finally we've come to the point now where we can start the construction and start building. So, it's been a great time and exciting day for everyone in Kilgore. And, we're looking forward to the future...getting our schools built," Kilgore ISD Superintendent Jody Clements said.

Kilgore ISD plans to open the new facilities in August 2013.

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