Channing Independent School District's school is getting a face lift thanks to a $2.5 million bond passed in May of 2013. Construction is now underway. Channing's bond passed overwhelmingly by 80% in May of last year. What that means is the existing school is now getting some much needed upgrades. Pronews 7 is taking a look at what those are in this week's Region 16 Spotlight on Education.
"Cafeteria use to end here and that's all there was to it so now we're expanding out and putting in new windows," said Channing ISD Superintendent, Robert McLain.
Enhancing the old is the idea behind these upgrades. The school is expanding the auditorium and cafeteria, turning dressing rooms into classrooms, and adding a secure entrance. One of the buildings, once housed the choir room, is now Hartley County's only public library.
"This will be our public library we've talked to the county about helping to support that and they are in agreement with that. We're going to keep it open during the summer and some during the evenings," said McLain.
Superintendent McLain said the upgrades are needed to bring this 84-year old building up-to-date to accommodate the growth they're seeing.
"We're still seeing growth in our high school in the fact that a lot of the kids are coming to be part of our technology program. We have a one to one program in high school," said McLain.
Construction on the public library is expected to be completed in October. The rest of the construction is expected to be completed by May of 2015.