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Deer Park ISD to buzz with construction this summer

May 16, 2019

School construction projects in Deer Park ISD are on schedule, with work planned during the summer at campuses including Carpenter Elementary School and Deer Park Junior High School, a district spokesman said.

A $33.5 million rebuild of Carpenter is on track to be finished in January, with roofing and brick work planned for the summer, district spokesman Matt Lucas said.

The school’s steel structure and foundation are completed, and students are expected to start using the facility in early 2020.

Durotech is the main contractor for this project and construction at the Bonnette Junior High School’s athletic complex.

“The previous (Bonnette) athletic complex had to be demolished and rebuilt on the east side of Bonnette Junior High to make room for the new Carpenter campus,” Lucas said.

Improvements at Carpenter, along with renovations at Deepwater and Deer Park junior high schools and an expansion to the east parking lot near McLean Stadium at Deer Park High School-North Campus, were approved in 2017 when district voters approved a $156-million bond package. These projects are part of the $70.6 million of total bond money allocated to facilities projects over the next seven years.

The district plans to spend approximately $5.4 million to revamp Deepwater Junior High, with improvements to include new pavement in the back of the school as well as a new covered walkway in the front.

A similar amount is allocated at Deer Park Junior High, which will see major improvements made to its roof as well as its electrical and mechanical systems. Additionally, the school will get a new temperature-control system and a remodeled front office.

The bulk of the work at that school will take place this summer, Lucas said.

Kim Neal and Associations is general contractor for work at both junior high schools.

In addition to construction work, the $70.6 million bond allocation will mean upgrades to several schools’ computer labs, as well as approximately 3,000 new iPads.

“We will deploy those at the end of August,” Lucas said.