West School District Moves Forward With Building Plans

WEST (February 13, 2014) West Independent School District board members on Wednesday night voted to move forward with construction of new middle and high schools and accepted architect’s plans for the projects.

The projects, which are expected to total between $50- and $60 million, include both schools, but they will be built on a common campus.

A significant grant announced this week will funnel a little more than $15 million into the project and insurance benefits, along with grant funds, will cover the rest.

School district officials said Wednesday they are hopeful the work can be completed for either the fall 1025 or spring 2016 semester.

Hundreds of students have been attending class in portable buildings since the April 17, 2013 explosion of the West Fertilizer Plant devastated a large portion of the school district’s property.

Huckabee, Inc., the project manager, plans to begins construction in June or July.