Enter a school classroom during the summer and you're likely to find saws and hammering going on. The chores and improvement projects you'll find aren't unlike what you do around your house, except on a much larger scale. Nacogdoches Independent School District physical plant director Ross Holbrook said, " There's 11 facilities, 12 with charter school. We've got a million, 200-thousand square feet of air conditioned space. One high school, one ninth grade center, 2 middle schools and six elementaries. "
That's a lot of rooms. And you think you have too much housework. Director of grounds and custodial, Chris Davis puts all his crews at days. " They all start major cleaning, stripping and waxing floors, deep cleaning on bathrooms, taking furniture and scraping gum out from underneath that builds up over the years. And scrubbing the furniture down really well. " Not to mention the yard work. Davis said, "They do all 247 acres. "
And just like household budgets, more times than not, school budgets cover only the, " bare necessities to keep everything running, " said Holbrook. Finance directors haven't made too many changes to the NISD physical service budgets over the years. Combine that with a staff reduction and you have a new challenge. The district is hammered with increased product costs and tacked on fuel charges. But school plant directors and their staff measure up when it comes to team work. They say its essential when there's so much to do.
Summer construction projects are also underway at Stephen F Austin state University. A plaza is under construction on Alumni Drive, a road now closed to traffic. A brick pathway is being built. Trees have already been planted. And take a good look at the Birdwell Building on the corner of North Street and East College. In a few weeks it will be coming down. Demolition crews are gutting the insides. So far, there are no plans for the corner once the building is removed.
The Angelina County Commissioners Court approved renewing a contract of a healthcare provider who offers their services to county jail inmates.More >>
Matt Davis is a small business owner in Lufkin. He's invested money in bitcoin before it even became a mainstream term. He explains bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency.More >>
The meningitis shot clinic, for students thinking about enrolling in college, was started in 2016 at Lufkin High School. The clinic was held again this year, with additional funding from Lufkin's Kiwanis Club.More >>
New evidence in the case of the human remains found just north of the Erin community in Jasper County may help authorities identify the person.More >>
As a nation, the Department of Education released numbers that the rate of high school graduates is at an all-time high in 2017.More >>