Andrews School District Begins Building Additional Classrooms 9/9/13
CBS 7 News
The Andrews Independent School District is expanding at such a rate that new classrooms are necessary for students and teachers. The district has begun construction of eight new classrooms for each of the three elementary schools and six new classrooms for Andrews High School.
"It's necessary with all the new students and families moving to town, we definitely need the new classrooms because its not good to having overcrowded classrooms so it would help the teachers as well," said mother, Judy Bailey
Judy Bailey has three children that went through the Andrews school system and one that's a sophomore at Andrews High School.
"Before you know everybody when you went to the grocery store, now you can go in there and not know a soul," she said.
Superintendent Bobby Azam says they ended last year with about 3,500 kids and got 264 extra kids this year evenly spread out among the schools in the district.
"We anticipated the growth but we had no idea that we would be where we are today, and so these classrooms really can't get finished fast enough," he said.
The decision to build was approved by the school board in June. Superintendent Azam says the growth was something the school tried to prepare for when they built the two new elementary schools in 2006. Devonian and Underwood were built meant to expand.
Besides the additional classrooms, Andrews Middle School will be getting three new tennis courts and the high school just got a new turf installment. All of these renovations come from the fund balance already set in place from the 2011 bond for the school district.
"Good planning in the part of our school board and city leaders, you know we have very forward thinking leadership in our town," commented Bailey.
The only thing left is to figure out a way to add to the middle school. Superintendent Azam says they're considering the area across from the school for additional classrooms.
Even though the project officially began in June, the high school construction begins today. Superintendent Azam hopes for a 2014 summer finish date so the classrooms are ready for students next fall.