School trustees hear construction update

With each passing month the Liberty Hill Independent School District and its Board of Trustees eagerly await updates on the construction of the new high school, its athletic facilities and the renovations to the other buildings in the district.

At its regular meeting Monday, the Board was presented with a slide show from architect Huckabee & Associates about the progress of LHISD’s new facilities.

At the new high school, the exterior stone veneer is currently being installed and the interior framing for drywall has begun in the academic wing. Steel structure installation and the floor deck in the administration area is being wrapped up with the pour for the second floor library slab and the construction of masonry walls set to begin next.

Steel structure installation is currently underway for the cafeteria and kitchen and the masonry wall will be worked on next.

Slabs for the auditorium and the athletics area have been poured with steel structure instillation underway. The slab for the fine arts building will be poured next.

Once the fine arts slab is poured, it is on to the stadium bleachers for the new Panther Stadium and the adjacent tennis courts.

Site drainage and underground utility rough-in continues at the softball and baseball fields as well.

Renovations at the current high school, which will become home to the Junior High, have been made as well and will continue. The steel structure and roof decking installation for the training room will soon be complete.

Overhead utilities and masonry wall construction has also begun with exterior veneer and roofing instillation to follow.

Additions and renovation to the current Junior High, which will become the Intermediate School, include slabs at the library and classrooms already poured with steel structure installation to begin soon.

Fire and security upgrades throughout the existing building will be ongoing throughout the current school year. And renovations for the new art room, gym storage room and the new restrooms are currently underway.

In other news, the long disputed wastewater issue with the City of Liberty Hill was also recognized at the meeting as documents were recently signed, solidifying the deal.

“The wastewater agreement has been signed and the City has an original copy and we have an original copy,” said LHISD Superintendent Rob Hart. “It’s a done deal. We will have wastewater, now it’s just a matter of getting the water in.”

The two sides came to an agreement on August 27 that LHISD will pay $140,000 to connect the new high school campus to the City’s wastewater system, according to an Interlocal Agreement adopted by the Council. The unanimous vote ended a months-long standoff between the two entities.

One other issue discussed on Monday was the flow of traffic at the junior high. On the first day of school, as usual, it was a traffic jam. But with minor adjustments made in the mornings there has been no traffic issues, LHJH Principal Chad Pirtle reported.

“We made the decision that in the mornings, which has historically been a big problem, to bring four buses through the front because there is no traffic up there,” said Pirtle. “So we bring four busses through the front and we never even get close to the road. It’s been fabulous.”

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will take place Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the LHISD Administration building.