Though the school board hasn’t voted to proceed with an addition to the junior high, the trustees took the first step Tuesday morning.

In a special meeting, the members of the Graham ISD school board voted to move the portable buildings. The buildings will be moved from their current location to an area just to the south.

At the June meeting, Huckabee architects presented a rough estimate of the cost to build an additional five classrooms, art room and in-school suspension room in the area of the portable buildings. Also in the plans were a possible two additional classrooms, enclosed outdoor walkway, library multi-purpose room addition and renovation for a secured front entry.

The probable cost summary for the basic work of the addition where the portable buildings are now is $1.1 million. For all of the work listed, the total is $2.27 million.

Assistant Superintendent Don Davis said the project would be paid for from the fund balance which currently sits at $7.4 million and is expected to increase following the end of fiscal year audit.
GISD Board President Win Graham said the district is in a time crunch to get the portable buildings moved before school starts.

The board voted unanimously in favor of approving a budget amendment not to exceed $20,000 for relocation of the portable buildings, suggesting there will be new construction for the junior high in the near future.

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The buildings were scheduled to be moved Wednesday morning.

To read the complete story, see the July 24 edition of The Graham Leader.