Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX


July 22, 2009

Middle school work on schedule

JOSHUA — In Joshua ISD construction circles, the toe bone’s connected to the foot bone, and the foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone.

Before serious work on the new middle school can resume, the new stadium must be finished before the Sept. 28 opener against Azle.

And before work can begin to convert the old middle school into a ninth-grade campus, the new middle school must open in December this year.

In addition, before serious remodeling can begin at the high school, the new ninth-grade campus must open for the 2010-11 school year.

Superintendent Ray Dane is confident these events will come to pass. He updated school trustees on progress at Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting.

“The middle school is proceeding on schedule,” Dane said. “We plan to move in right before Christmas break in December. Work has kind of slowed down there because we’ve been ramped up to finish the stadium. After another three or four weeks, we’ll be full steam ahead at the middle school.

“We hope to start on the ninth-grade center next January. We first have to move [the old middle school] students to the new middle school. We’ll work on the ninth-grade campus until August of next year and then hopefully open it for the start of the 2010-11 school year.

“When we move the freshmen out of the high school to the ninth-grade campus, that will give us room in the big building to move kids around so we can start on remodeling. We’ll do quite a lot to the front of the building to make it coordinate with all the other things we’re building. The front will look significantly different. On the inside, we’ll just do updating with painting and new ceiling tiles. We won’t be moving walls.”

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