Summer is a busy time for Keller district maintenance staff and construction crews.“All projects are on or ahead of schedule,” said Hudson Huff, director of planning and construction. “Not all projects will be completed by the school start date, but the largest and most potentially disruptive should be done.”Almost $7 million in roof replacements and repairs from hail damage are at the top of the list. Earlier this year, the district received a $17 million settlement from the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas for hail damage, most of it from a 2009 storm.District officials opted to bundle projects into packages for repairs or replacements at nine campuses along with the Education Center and the Keller ISD Athletics Complex. The biggest job is replacing the roof at Central High School for an estimated $2.3 million. The roof at Keller-Harvel Elementary School will be replaced for about $1 million. Roofing repairs at Chisholm Trail Intermediate, South Keller Intermediate, the Education Center and the stadium will cost about $2.5 million. Another $1 million in repairs will take place at Bette Perot Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Lone Star Elementary, North Riverside Elementary and Hillwood Middle School.Crews also are improving the parking lot and traffic flow areas at Parkview Elementary, similar to improvements made last summer at Florence Elementary. Huff said another small paving project would get under way in the next few weeks, additional parking at the Keller ISD Maintenance and Transportation Facility.Bluebonnet Elementary will receive new flooring while Indian Springs Middle School is having classrooms and corridors painted. At Fossil Hill Middle School, the front office area is being renovated to provide a secure vestibule at the front of the school. Similar to Indian Springs and Hillwood, visitors will be buzzed into the office before they can access the rest of the school.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @SandraEngelland