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Superintendent's Update

July 20, 2016:  We are now in full blown construction mode at Van ISD.  Needless to say we have a lot taking place across the district.  The following is a summary:

  • JE Rhodes Elementary School is starting to take shape.  Metal beams are in place for the entire building and cinder blocks are going up at the gymnasium and cafeteria areas. Crews will continue to work on the roofing grids and outside cinder blocks.  We are excited to see the progress being made each day.
  • The driveway that will run in front of JE Rhodes Elementary School will be poured within the next week.
  • The parking lot behind the Van ISD Administration Building will be poured within the next week.
  • The tennis courts behind Van Junior High are ninety percent complete.  All concrete is poured, including the sidewalks, and all lighting is complete.  The final step is to install the playing surface and put up the nets.  The company that does this last step will also do the same thing to the unfinished courts at the high school athletic complex.
  • The pad for the new Career and Technology Center behind Van High School is nearing completion.  It will not be long before forms will be built and concrete will be poured in this location.
  • We are constructing another parking lot on the far west side of Van High School.  The dirt work for this site has already begun. With the construction of the Career and Technology Center, we will lose several parking spaces in our student parking lot.  We currently have approximately 750 students at Van High School and having enough parking for all of these students was already becoming a problem.  The new parking lot will alleviate most of our student parking issues.
  • The bathroom renovations at Van High School are scheduled to be completed by August 1.
  • We had one 30” drainage pipe that ran underneath the high school baseball field.  We just added two additional 30” concrete reinforced drainage pipes to properly address the drainage coming off the west side of the high school.  This will help with the major drainage problems we have experienced in the past.  Additionally, these drainage issues have taken a heavy toll on our baseball field causing it to have several high and low spots throughout the playing field.  While we have the field torn up for the installation of the drainage pipes, we are going to bring in select top soil and completely rework and level out the baseball field to make it a safer place for our athletes to practice and compete.
  • The dirt work will begin within the next couple of weeks for the additional classroom expansions we have scheduled for Van Intermediate School and Van Middle School.
  • Our plans are to hydromulch our newly constructed detention pond as soon as possible.  We want to establish grass in this area while we are still in the growing season.

We are very excited about the progress that has been made and look forward to seeing the changes each week.  

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