Eastland High School gets new addition to campus


EASTLAND, Texas (KRBC) - An exciting day for Eastland High School because construction has kicked off on a new wing, bringing much needed upgrades.

It was all being funded by a multi-million dollar bond that passed in May.

"This old school means a lot to the people in Eastland and I think it's great that they're renovating and it's going to be here and it'll be a landmark for many more years," Chemistry teacher, Bill Culverhouse said.

The community of Eastland gathered for what is expected to be a landmark for years to come.

"It's a neat time to see the changes, but also neat to embrace the past and keep the historical value of the building, but work on updating an renovating the inside," Eastland ISD superintended, Jason Cochran said.

The halls of Eastland High will be a little different this time next year and because students will be looking at an additional building, which means more tools, more space and wheel chair accessibility.

"Right now, if a kid is on crutches, he cannot come to my science class, so with an elevator, he or she will have access to all the classrooms and they won't miss a day of school," Culverhouse said. "It's a long ways up the third floor without an elevator," Culverhouse said.

He said students who had hurt themselves in school activities or who may have a disability, and could not get to his classroom will now be able to make it to the third floor.

"We had to have extra time with them, like tutoring sessions and things to make up what they missed in our classrooms and it was hard to do lab," Culverhouse said.

Students can also expect more than just more space.

"A three-story accessibility through the high school. Restrooms and elevators on all three floors and a brand new science wing," Cochran said.

The change is definitely anticipated, bu Culverhouse said he will definitely miss one thing:

"I get tickled at the boys and girls who are in athletics and they're working out hard and when they show up to chemistry class, boy they're tired because those steps are just adding on to their workout.," he said.

This is the first upgrade to the high school in nearly six decades and renovation is expected to be completed by August 15, right before students begin the new school year.

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