Plans to renovate two Jacksonville ISD schools moved forward Monday with the approval of bid documents.
Once renovations are complete, the district will be able to provide better service to students during lunch times, Wardell said. Lunch at Fred Douglass currently begins at 10:05 a.m. and ends after 1 p.m.
Besides better lunch service, the larger cafeterias also open up opportunities for programming and new uses of the current facilities, Wardell said.
For instance, the district plans to convert the cafeteria at the high school for band use and use the cafeteria at Fred Douglass for classrooms.
“I think the new design at Fred Douglass will blend really well with the old,” Wardell said. And “at the high school, the design is going to look good but even more important there are the functioning things we will gain with the project, (including) eight new science labs and a hallway to connect a majority of buildings, (which) will be tremendous for safety.”
Jacksonville ISD’s goal for completion on all bond projects is August 2012.
Wardell said construction on the renovation projects will start once the district has a guaranteed maximum price. He estimates that will happen in maybe two to three months.
School leaders broke ground on the new Joe Wright and East Side elementary schools in August.