What looked like a massive sinkhole just a few months ago is progressing rapidly, as Collier Construction continues work on $19 million worth of upgrades at the Madisonville CISD campuses on May Street.
The shell of a building that appears to be making the most steady progress is soon to become the high school band hall. And although they’re not visible to someone passing by the campus, eight new elementary school classrooms are nearing completion and should be finished by spring break in March, said Superintendent Keith Smith.
The superintendent and other administrators meet every Thursday with officials from Brenham-based Collier Construction.
“We had a slow start but it was mostly due to weather; it wasn’t their fault,” Smith said. “The quality of work is excellent. They also do an excellent job of making sure it’s safe when school is in session … There are some evenings they’re here until 10 p.m. When we pour concrete, they’re here at 4:30 a.m.”
Additional parking in front of the school complex is complete. New entrances to the high school, elementary school and intermediate school will be built over the summer. Smith said he did not anticipate any immediate changes in the construction schedule, even if a cold snap occurs this week.
“Other than making the contractors colder, there won’t be any change,” he said.
The high school and junior high band halls are slated for completion in time for the 2017-18 school year, he said. Other projects include classroom space, a culinary arts lab and a college-style lecture hall at the high school and a choir and theater arts room at the junior high.
Madisonville voters approved the upgrades in a May 2015 bond referendum.