Growing Grape Creek ISD Breaks Ground on New Middle School
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Grape Creek ISD students and faculty joined community members and representatives from several organizations to officially break ground on a new multi-million dollar Middle School facility next to Grape Creek High School Friday.
Grape Creek ISD Superintendent Angie Smetana was joined by Pct. 3 Tom Green County Commissioner Rick Bacon, Cheryl DeCordova with State Representative Drew Darby’s office, Laura Lewis with State Senator Charles Perry’s office and representatives of the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety for the ceremony.
Voters in the Grape Creek ISD approved a $10.75 million bond which includes the new middle school and renovations to the existing elementary campus.
Lee Lewis Construction Company of San Angelo will manage construction of the new school. The new middle school was designed by Kenny Franke Architects of San Angelo.
The $10.75 million bond will not raise tax rates in the District due to a unique set of circumstances, since the existing debt on the high school will be paid off before the newly-voted bonds will be issued.
According to the district’s website, approximately 61% of all voters in the Grape Creek Independent School District cast a yes vote to pursue construction of a new middle school and to renovate the current elementary and middle schools to house primary and intermediate students.
Construction will begin immediately. The new middle school will adjoin the high school building on its south side and is expected to be completed by December 2019. Construction is scheduled to begin next week on the $7 million project which will includes 21 classrooms.
The middle school will share a band hall, cafeteria and gymnasium with the high school.
The Grape Creek community has approximately 12,000 residents in northwestern Tom Green County and recently got a new Allsup’s Travel Center and Safari Studios Taxidermy is currently moving into the former Fisher’s Food Market building on U.S. 87 North.