By TONY EIERDAM
GRAFORD – At the last Graford ISD board of trustees meeting, trustees approved a bond election which will be held in November for a $7.5 million bond that will include costs of new buildings, the expansion/renovation of other buildings and the cost of building an athletic complex that will feature new baseball and softball fields, a track and new locker rooms.
“We are also looking at some new buildings at our high school which would be for a new science lab,” Graford ISD superintendent Dennis Holt said. “We would take the current science lab and make it for our elementary school kids.”
Another high school improvement the district would make, provided the bond passes, is to build a new kitchen onto the cafeteria and use the current kitchen for a culinary arts classroom.
The bond would also include a new entrance to the high school building, with a reception area, nurses station and principal’s office. A meeting room and teacher training area would also be built in the area of the new entrance.
Holt said the purpose of a new entrance is not just aesthetics.
“Part of the reason we want to build a new entrance is for safety and security,” he explained. “We can have a monitored, single access into our building. People use different entrances now and they are not well monitored because of the way the offices are set up.”
The bond would also help build a new bus barn.
“We need to have somewhere to put our buses out of the weather,” Holt said.
The district would also use bond funds to build two locker rooms – in back of the gym, where the old agriculture/science rooms are located – to expand the current weight room and add some extra storage.
“The bond money would also help us with issues we have with roofs and air conditioning,” Holt said. “These are some of the big-ticket items that we can take care of with a bond. Also, other issues, like alarms, security, cameras and upgrades to existing security items, can be taking care of.”