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Lufkin's Pineywoods Academy set for expansion

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A Lufkin school will soon become a work zone after The Pineywoods Community Academy has announced a $4.8 million expansion project. Principal Bruce Marchand said the expansion is needed as the school looks to expand to 800 students next school year.

"we added a fourth kindergarten class this year and that will be a new first grade class next year and so forth and so forth," Marchand said. " As we have added grade levels we have had to make room for those grade levels."

The money was secured through a loan and will be paid back through money they get from the state charter school program.

"We are publicly funded so the money to pay the note comes out of the foundation school funds that the state provides."

The idea has been in the planning stages for about four years and has been complicated at times due to the location of the school. On one side the school is bordered Feagin Drive and by the Boys and Girls Club on the other two sides of the property.

"the building in some ways is kind of land locked," Marchand said. "When looking at our facility, the only way we could expand is by going out or up."

The school board decided that expanding the building to extend towards Raguet Drive would be the best option.    

While many schools look at new designs Marchand said the building will keep the same look it had when it was Lufkin High School in the 1930's.

The new addition will be a mix of class rooms, a cafeteria and a gym, which in the long run should save money for the school since their teams are currently renting time from Angelina College at their gym.

"We rent those facilities right now and it will be nice to have our own home gymnasium," Marchand said.

Marchand said they will be breaking ground on the project next month and that the school should have the new add on completed by the start of the 2015-16 school year.

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