Improvements and additions at West Elementary and Bobby Ray are becoming a reality as the Board of Education plans to begin scheduling the work when it meets in regular session Dec. 7.
“We are going to have to eat the elephant one bite at a time,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox while discussing strategy with the School Board at its last meeting.
The plans, which range from roof repair and doing electrical work, to construction of new buildings and major campus restructuring, will begin next year. The question is what projects will come first. And, importantly, is being able to balance education and construction.
“What can we accomplish between May and August of next year while school is out?” Cox asked, directing the school’s construction coordinator to speak with the principals at both schools to get their opinions about what projects are top priority. “We will need to discuss the findings by our Dec. 7 meeting because we are getting into a very aggressive time frame.”
Among things Cox wants construction coordinators to discuss with principals is the timeline for construction, since some work can be done while schools are in session.
“We have to come up with a plan to educate kids and do construction all at the same time,” Cox said.