LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin school will soonbecome a work zone after The Pineywoods Community Academy has announced a $4.8million expansion project. Principal Bruce Marchand said the expansion isneeded as the school looks to expand to 800 students next school year.
"we added a fourthkindergarten class this year and that will be a new first grade class next yearand so forth and so forth," Marchand said. " As we have added grade levels wehave had to make room for those grade levels."
The money was securedthrough a loan and will be paid back through money they get from the statecharter school program.
"We are publicly funded sothe money to pay the note comes out of the foundation school funds that thestate provides."
The idea has been in theplanning stages for about four years and has been complicated at times due tothe location of the school. On one side the school is bordered Feagin Drive andby the Boys and Girls Club on the other two sides of the property.
"the building in someways is kind of land locked," Marchand said. "When looking at our facility, theonly way we could expand is by going out or up."
The school board decidedthat expanding the building to extend towards Raguet Drive would be the bestoption.
While many schools look atnew designs Marchand said the building will keep the same look it had when itwas Lufkin High School in the 1930's.
The new addition will be amix of class rooms, a cafeteria and a gym, which in the long run should savemoney for the school since their teams are currently renting time from AngelinaCollege at their gym.
"We rent thosefacilities right now and it will be nice to have our own home gymnasium,"Marchand said.
Marchand said they will bebreaking ground on the project next month and that the school should have thenew add on completed by the start of the 2015-16 school year.