As we count down the weeks until the beginning of the new school year, several of Duncanville ISD’s building projects are nearing completion. All summer long, construction crews have been working on new campuses, building expansions, upgraded security and technology features and refurbished classrooms at many of the district’s schools. When the work is finished, every one of the district’s 18 school buildings will have been improved. The work is funded by the $102.545 million bond package passed overwhelmingly by voters in November 2014.
Hastings Elementary School
Work is ahead of schedule at Hastings Elementary School as crews prepare the new building for students and staff to begin the 2016-2017 school year.
One of the features that will make the new Hastings unique is its ‘learning courtyard.’ A cistern is being installed to collect rainwater to be used in a drip irrigation system for experiments and other lessons. Four arrays of solar panels on the roof will help produce electricity to assist in powering the building. Students will be able to see – in real time – how much electricity is being saved by using solar power with a digital display that shows how much solar energy is being used as opposed to electricity.
The old building has been torn down, dirt removal is ongoing and workers are preparing to pour the new teacher parking lot where the old Hastings once stood.
The new building is expected to be completed next month with plenty of time to allow time for teachers and staff to move in prior to school starting on August 22. Landscaping and the playground will be finished in late September as scheduled.
Duncanville High School
Duncanville High School underwent two major projects this summer.
The first project concentrated on upgrading and improving security at the campus. Workers installed new security cameras and security card entry points. They also installed additional exterior lighting at key points outside the building. Automatically locking door hardware is being installed on classroom doors. This work will continue into the fall, as scheduled, during evening hours when the building is empty.
The second project focused on upgrading the sound system at Sandra Meadows Arena. Workers installed a new sound system and sprayed acoustical foam in the ceiling to dampen echoes and improve the listening environment in the gym. The new system was finished ahead of schedule and is ready for the new school year.
Kennemer Middle School & Hyman Elementary School
Both Kennemer Middle School and Hyman Elementary School are being expanded to accommodate additional students. The addition at Hyman will house 5th graders beginning this school year. Work is complete and inspections are ongoing. The project is expected to be finished by mid-August.
Workers at Kennemer have had a huge task before them this summer. Not only are they building an addition to the campus to accommodate 6th graders in the fall of 2017, they have also been refurbishing and renovating major parts of the existing building.
The kitchen renovation and expansion is coming along: walls are up, flooring is being installed and the new equipment will be in place by the end of July.
The library and administration areas received new flooring and fresh paint.
Final details are being finished in classrooms in the main building with workers preparing for the first day of school.
Acton Elementary School
Work at Acton Elementary School continues to be slightly behind schedule due to rainy weather in the spring.
Roofing began the second week of July and should be complete by the end of the month. Sheetrock is being installed inside the kitchen and administrative areas.
Outside the building, crews are working to create a turn lane on Clark Road that will be used for buses to enter on the north side of the Walmart.
Grading and irrigation for future landscaping will begin toward the end of July.
The building is expected to be complete in November.