At the end of this month construction will begin for the new Alvarado Junior High School set to open August 2015.
In May, Alvarado residents approved a $38.2 million bond package, with most of it for the new school. About $1.7 million of the bond package is for improvements to the upstairs wing at Alvarado High School, which will begin this summer and is expected to be finished by fall, AISD Public Information Officer Tommy Brown said.
Before its monthly meeting last week, AISD board members gathered at the future site of the new campus for a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of the new facility.
“I want to thank God and then I want to say thanks to the taxpayers of Alvarado ISD who stepped up to the plate to take the district into the direction they wanted it to go,” Superintendent Chester Juroska said during the ceremony. “This beautiful new junior high will enhance the education of students in Alvarado for decades.”
The current AJHS is outdated and does not meet standards.
“It needs a lot of repairs and we thought it would be better to build a new junior high school,” Citizens Bond Planning Committee co-chair Jerry Pritchard said.
Pritchard said once the new AJHS is built the old building will be demolished and the district will keep the gym.
The new AJHS will accommodate 750 students and will house all programs under one roof. The campus will be two stories, have a new security system and an elevator that will always be in service. The new campus will be built next to the current junior high school.
“It’s going to be a real asset not just to AISD but for the students and teachers,” Pritchard said. “They will have a modernized classrooms to teach and learn.”
At the high school, the second floor will provide career and technology and dual-credit classrooms for AHS students who do not attend college.
“This is an exciting time for our community and more importantly our students,” Juroska said. “Schools are here to enhance learning for students and that is exactly what these projects will do when completed.”