Renovation projects underway at Diboll ISD campuses

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Schools out for the summer but there is still a lot of work to be done on Diboll ISD campuses.
On one campus a building is being torn down and another is getting some overdue renovations that will improve student safety while at lunch.

When Diboll students come back to school in the fall they will notice a few changes to their respective campuses. One of the major changes comes to Diboll Primary.

Construction crews have demolished the old pre-k thru 1st grade building at the primary school campus that's sat relatively unused for about two years.

Diboll ISD superintendent Gary Martel said, "The building was not financially feasible to go in and try to retrofit the building and use it for something else. It had short ceilings, pretty old building and different things like that."

Crews have already knocked down the main structure and will work to clear out the debris. Martel says the area will be cleaned up and hydro-mulched and kept on the district's radar for future expansion.

"The memories are always going to be there just the building won't be there," said Martel. "It's all part of growth and change and progress and we've had a lot of community support on it."

Over at the junior high school some renovations are underway.

"We are adding some bathrooms to our junior high cafeteria. That's a real open concept campus and by putting those bathrooms in, it cuts down on the students moving in and out through those doors and those areas and helps with safety," said Martel.

Martel said the district does renovation projects every summer as part of their proactive maintenance plan.

"Because when you don't do those things and it's time to do them and you've let them build  up let's be honest it becomes a big number that you can't financially take care of in your budget," said Martel.

He said the projects started the first week of June and are expected to be completed before the school year starts.

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