As Wylie High School students go to school in their new classrooms this fall, construction is set to begin on a new Performing Arts Center.
Both projects were part of a $15 million bond proposal approved by voter’s last May. Phase 1 was to build a new addition to Wylie High School to provide much needed classrooms. Phase 2 was to build the Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art auditorium for band, theater, choir and much more.
Construction on the classrooms began last year with the goal of having the classrooms ready for this fall.
Wylie Superintendent Joey Light said in July that the classrooms were expected to be ready on schedule, which is quite an accomplishment with all the weather delays this spring.
“It’s amazing that we will have them ready before school starts,” he said. “We had all this rain.”
He credited the project’s completion to the hard work of the construction crew.
In addition to finishing the new High School addition, the district also built a new Ag Project Center, where the district’s ag students can house their animals. The new building is behind the old building across from Mr. Burger and behind Wylie Christian Church.
And during the summer, the district finished a roofing project that saw new roofs put on every campus except the two newest campuses (the Middle School and ECC). That project cost about $1.6 million.
But the work is not over.
Now the second phase of the bond project begins with the building of the new auditorium.
“There’s still going to be a lot of construction work at the High School because of the new Performing Arts building,” Light said.
He said the construction should not interfere with the traffic flow or parents dropping off students. The project will continue for all of the next school year.
“They think it will be ready to start school in 2017,” he said. “That’s the goal.”