Posted Date: 06/26/2018
FAQ: Bonham High School Construction
Answers Provided by Superintendent Dr. Beaty
The building is approximately 75% complete.
The instructional areas will be complete as well as the multipurpose facility, the cafeteria
and office spaces. We will be finishing up the other areas in late September but it will
not affect instruction or the normal business of BHS.
We are currently waiting on a specialized team to finish abating the asbestos in that
building before we take it down.
It is not a good idea to go into an active construction site without proper supervision and
permission. It can be a dangerous place.
Sorry, no. We are not even permitted in the old building while it is being abated and it is
not safe for anyone to enter. So please do not venture into the old building.
We are working very hard to preserve the trees in the front of the building. We will have
them trimmed by an arborist but cutting down a tree is a last resort.
Yes, but we are going to wait until the construction is finished and the large machinery
on site is gone.
We will use much of it to fill the cavity left in the ground after the old building is
removed. Also, some of the dirt will be utilized to construct a detention pond in the field
behind the Vocational building. If there is any left we will make a determination of what
to do at that time.
Mr. Prock, Mr. Wakefield and I have been discussing where to relocate those pieces. We
will also be refurbishing them and restoring the luster they once had.
Currently, we are within the confines of the budget. We have encountered many
surprises along the way but that was to be expected. We participate in an OAC meeting
(Owner, Architect, Contractor) each week to review progress, problems and the budget.
An auction will be held in the near future to offer individuals an opportunity to purchase
items they may want. All items not purchased or deemed to be of no value will be
Early in the construction phase it flooded due to the construction of the storm shelter. It
was determined to be the fault of the contractor and therefore, their insurance company is
going to purchase a new floor for that gym. It will not cost the taxpayers anything to
have it replaced.
· How safe is the new school for our students and staff?
This building was designed with security in mind. During the course of the instructional day a visitor will only be able to enter through the front doors by the office where they will have to be buzzed in by the secretary. At that point they can only go into the reception area and will not have access to the rest of the building without permission. Moreover, we will still have armed staff members that are trained to respond to intruders. There will also be increased security cameras throughout the interior and exterior of the building.
· Where is the student pick-up/drop-off area?
Drop/Pickup is designed to happen at the front entrance of the school. Drivers will enter into a circle drive from Warpath Drive and after dropping off or picking up they will exit back onto Warpath Drive. However, this area is also where visitor parking will be located.
· Where will the entrance for sporting events be?
Yes. Initially the entrance will be from the student parking area due to the parking lot in the front will not be complete until the end of September. However, after completion of the parking lot in front of the school all spectators will enter from the circle drive directly in front of the gymnasiums.
· Where is the parent entrance to the main office?
During the course of the instructional day a visitor will only be able to enter through the front doors by the office where they will have to be buzzed in by the secretary. At that point they can only go int the reception area and will not have access to the rest of the building without permission.