Nederland ISD describes the design of elementary renovation, improvements and other goals of the district – Port Arthur News



NEDERLAND – Education officials are expected to receive final design plans and a full budget in August for the renovation of the four elementary campuses of the Nederland Independent School District.

The proposals, which are expected to be approved, would lead to renovations begin on the Helena Park and Langham campuses by October.

According to Superintendent Dr. Stuart Kieschnick, renovations would begin for elementary schools in Highland Park and Hillcrest, in order to space the work out and hopefully create more competitive tenders.

Keeping renovations and upgrades for elementary campuses within the $ 49.1 million budget approved by voters is an important step in completing this summer’s design.

“(Our build partners) are working together to look at the scope of the basics to make sure we can flesh out any work that would be overkill and use every ounce of dollars to get what we promised voters,” Kieschnick said. .

“We are taking a closer look at elementary schools because we are later in the process. The global pandemic has affected much of the supply chain and prices for building materials. We may not want bells and whistles, but we will keep what we promised voters. But we have to look at it from a stricter point of view.

Some of the basic upgrades include:

  • Additional classroom space for music, science labs and one-on-one learning
  • Renovated toilets
  • ADA Amendments
  • Expansion of the gymnasium, cafeteria and kitchen

NISD construction partners report that the costs of metal, wood and PVC are up to three times higher than when the scope of work was discussed in 2018.

A shortage of equipment and manpower is also causing slowdowns in factories and equipment deliveries.

Netherlands board chairman Nicholas Phillips said the school board is very confident that all voter-approved improvements to elementary campuses, colleges and the football field will be carried out, as well as the new construction of Nederland High School.

Phillips said communication between architectural firm IBI, construction supervisor HB Neild & Sons and the school district is at an all time high.

“We have good conversations and are all on the same page,” he said. “The planning part took a long time to make sure we have the right plan. Now it’s exciting to see the earth moving (across the neighborhood). It’s exciting to see when you walk past they are there and preparing the site.

All primary school construction is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

High school

Kieschnick said earthworks for a new high school are going well and retention ponds are being built with the project on time and on budget.

The schedule calls for the end of 2021 to include a poured slab, installation of underground utilities and the start of steel erection.

Construction is expected to be completed in July 2023, allowing the new high school to begin serving students in the 2023-24 school year.

The final design will include 280,000 square feet over two floors for a fully functional school designed to serve 1,700 students in grades 9-12.

College and football stadium

Voters approved $ 11.1 million to modernize Central and CO colleges.

The schematic design of the preliminary scoping work is underway for both campuses.

Planned upgrades target furniture and equipment, washrooms, science labs, parking, offices and ADA updates.

After the renovations, fifth graders will drop out of middle school and return to elementary schools.

Phase 2 of the Bulldog Stadium construction is underway and is expected to be completed in August. Phase 2 includes the entrance, the ticket office, the toilets and the flat works.

“NISD will continue to be one of the # 1 school districts in the region,” Phillips said. “Districts across the state saw a slight drop in enrollment, with children remaining virtual or on the move. I fully anticipate the increase in our registrations, and these new facilities will make Nederland more attractive. “

The Nederland Independent School District educates around 4,900 students between pre-kindergarten and 12e to note. There are approximately 1,550 high school students.

The district employs 650 people including 400 as teachers.

Kieschnick said he expects a jump to 5,200 students when enrollment is finalized for 2021-2022.

NISD will not be offering a virtual component next year.


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