Workers were installing drywall in the classrooms last week as well as doors as this phase of the building project gets closer to completion. Once this building is completed, two older buildings now housing the parent's center and preschool will be torn down to make room for eight additional classrooms that will be connected by a covered walkway.
When all is complete the new building will house a total of 18 classrooms, and a P.E. facility. Included in the building are two science classrooms as well as a science lab, a large fully equipped home economics room, and an art room with a separate area for a kiln. When the building project is complete, grades 9-12 will have their classrooms here. Some 7 and 8 grade classes will also be held in the new building. The agri and vo-tech classes will remain where they are.
The long spacious hallway will have student lockers down one side. The hallway has been built to FEMA standards to be used as a safe room in the event of a tornado. Re-enforced concrete in the walls on each side and on the ceiling, along with steel re-enforcements should keep students safe should a tornado hit the building.
As you wind through the roads and the many buildings on the Viola campus, it is obvious that this building was a much needed improvement. As the building is readied for the next school year a lot of shuffling among the other buildings will be done to provide as much efficiency as possible for day to day operations at the school.
The new high school will also have a much needed parking area built and Mays hopes that will also be completed by the time the new school year begins.
To help ease traffic at the campus they are currently working on a new access road on the south side of the elementary campus to drop off and pick up students. May said this should greatly decrease the traffic congestion at the school in the mornings and at the end of the school day.
Once the building projects are completed, Viola school should have a modern up-to-date campus for the Longhorns to learn in.