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November 7, 2014
Oak Woods  
Members of the steering committee that developed the November 2013 bond proposal had a chance to view progress on the construction a year after passage of the $84.9 million initiative. The walk-through tour of schools was held on November 7, 2014.
The group visited Acton Elementary School, Acton Middle School, and Oak Woods School to see first-hand how the projects have come to reality.
For the elementary and middle school campuses, the big improvements include controlled entry vestibules to improve campus security. With the secure entries, visitors are now required to report to the campus office in order to present identification before being granted access to the main part of the school.
Construction began in May at the schools, and most are near complete with contractors finishing minor “punch list” items. Because of the larger scope of work at Oak Woods, completion is now scheduled for mid-December. Rather than simple renovations to the existing office area, that project required a small addition to the front of the building.
The tour participants also viewed impressive new technology installed for model classrooms as well as the future site of the new gymnasium at Acton Elementary School.
The district had hoped to begin construction on gyms for AES and Emma Roberson Elementary School during the summer. However, due to larger than expected costs, the two gyms were postponed and rolled into a larger high school project to provide better financing through “economies of scale.” The two projects will begin in March 2015.
In addition to campus security and the two elementary gyms, the bond program addresses transforming Granbury High School, enhancing career and technical education and fine arts programs, building a robust technology infrastructure, and many other improvements.  Construction at the high school will begin on November 17 and continue through several phases until Summer 2016.
Attending along with superintendent Dr. James Largent were campus principals, facilities director Randy Leach, school board president Mark Jackson, and school trustee-elect Chris Tackett. Bond committee members participating were Gary Best, Todd Garner, Mike Scott, and Barbara Townsend.  Pictured above at Oak Woods are (left to right) Best, Largent, Scott, Tackett, and Jackson.
 The steering committee will tour other campus projects throughout construction. Additional information about the bond is available at

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