Students at La Vernia High School soon will have an expanded facility as the second phase of renovations for the high school annex is off and rolling.
During its Dec. 17 meeting, the La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees selected Bay-IBI as the architect for the project.
Bay-IBI worked with La Vernia ISD on the first phase of the renovation project, so the firm was the natural choice, said Superintendent Tom Harvey after the meeting.
“I am really excited about this project being completed,” Harvey said. “This is the other half of the old elementary school, which is the high school annex.”
Harvey said that the facility contains two almost-identical buildings that are connected by a hallway. This renovation is to the final half of the building.
“This project will cost about $2 million,” Harvey said. “We have been setting aside funds for a while and we now have the money to get it done.”
When completed, the new facility will include a weight room, an area for the dance team, and rooms for an expansion of the agricultural science program.
“We have an outstanding program and added a new teacher this year,” Harvey said. “Eric Davis teaches students metal fabrications, welding, tractor renovations, agriculture mechanics, welding, and much more. The district recently purchased a plasma cutter, as well, to add to the program. The renovation is going to create a lab space for floral design, three new classrooms, a new agricultural science office for teachers, as well as dressing rooms for boys and girls to change clothes. All in all, it’s going to be a great addition to La Vernia High School.”
Also discussed in the meeting was the purchase of three new school buses for a cost of approximately $240,000.
“The district is going to purchase two regular-sized buses for regular education and one smaller bus for special education,” Harvey said. “The smaller bus makes it more maneuverable for parking closer to buildings. These buses are going to fulfill a need the district has for its transportation system.
“We are also looking into a program which would send some of our current buses to Huntsville, to be refurbished by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It is a program that many schools have begun to take advantage of and which would save the district a lot of money. Instead of having to buy so many new buses, we can have some of our aging fleet refurbished and made like new, but this is just something we are looking into at this point.”
Also at the meeting, the board:
•Heard about the district improvement and PBMAS plans.
•Selected board members Janice Gimbel, Eric Friedrichs, and Richard Schier to be on the district’s audit committee.