First phase of new school construction in Ennis nears completion – School holds tours through new buildings

Ennis superintendent Doug Walsh explains the features in one of the new elementary classrooms. Photo by Greg Lemon

Ennis superintendent Doug Walsh explains the features in one of the new elementary classrooms. Photo by Greg Lemon

Though the construction crews were still busy and many things still need to be done, Ennis’ new grade school is almost ready to move into.

Last week, Ennis superintendent Doug Walsh held two public tours of the new buildings that included walk through of classrooms, kitchen areas and rooms open for community use.

The two new buildings – building A and B – are part of the first phase of construction that will replace the old elementary and junior high school. The entire project should be completed by summer, 2012, Walsh told the people on the tour.

However, students will be moved into the new buildings in April and the removal of the old school, including some asbestos remediation, will begin soon after, he said.

Ennis residents wonder the halls of the new school building just being finished. Classes will be held in the new building before the end of the school year. Photo by Greg Lemon

Ennis residents wonder the halls of the new school building just being finished. Classes will be held in the new building before the end of the school year. Photo by Greg Lemon

Walsh also said he has already had inquiries about the use of the new space by local community groups.

During the tour, he also explained the need for the new buildings.

The old school was built in the early 1950s and is structurally unsound, Walsh said. The new buildings were the best option for the school district, because remodeling the old buildings would have been too cost prohibitive.

Walsh is also looking for volunteers to help move school supplies and furniture. To get more information on the moving schedule or to see the new building, call the Ennis School office at 682-4258.

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