Thousands of students walked into revitalized campuses Aug. 28, thanks to Bond 2014 projects completed over the break. New band halls, classroom doors and secured entrances are just some of the improvements several schools will debut this year.
“[I am] overall very pleased with the work completed,” said Executive Director of Facilities & Maintenance Joel Falcon. “The contractors have been working hard all summer long—six or seven days a week. All of the principals have been so wonderful to work with. They have displayed a real sense of professionalism and flexibility that helped during the construction.”
The Phase 1 bond schedule called for upgrades at 13 schools, as well as the construction of the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center. Phase 2, which involves 29 campuses, launched in January. Major areas of work include restroom renovation, mechanical equipment replacement and secured entrance installation. Security and technology measures, such as camera, telephone and Wi-Fi enhancements, are also key tasks.
“We hope everyone takes time to notice the small things like new sprinkler systems and new windows. We also hope that everyone can appreciate the cleaner look the new floor and ceiling finishes provide,” Falcon expressed.
These upgrades are not only necessary to keep the district’s facilities attractive and operational. They help create a safe and conducive learning environment as well—an investment in students backed by the community. Campus renovations and the brand-new Career and Technical Center are physical manifestations of the community’s support and valuable tax dollars.
“We are grateful that our district and community have invested in providing our students a renovated building,” said Southgate Elementary School Principal Quinton Darden. “Not only are our students and staff going to the next level, so is our building.”
The continuation of Phase 2 projects and roll out of Phase 3 will continue to enhance the district, impacting the leaders of tomorrow and generations to come.
Keep up with Bond 2014 developments by visiting www.garlandisdbond.com. See highlights of completed projects on GRS-TV’s YouTube channel.
Photos courtesy of Joel Falcon.