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Two Arlington high schools to show off improvements

08/16/2012 11:21 PM

08/17/2012 7:32 AM

ARLINGTON -- It's the Big Reveal on Saturday for Arlington and Lamar high schools.

Open houses are scheduled then to acquaint students with renovations and additions.

Arlington High School has a new cafeteria and kitchen, and 13 new classrooms.

The old cafeteria and kitchen were demolished, and the new ones bring the number of serving lines from two to seven.

Upgrades were financed by 2009 bond funds, surplus 1999 bond funds and local construction funds.

A new electronic marquee has been placed in front of the new cafeteria, and throughout September crews will be finishing a $380,000 landscaping, drainage and front facade upgrade.

Construction contracts for the work totaled $8.6 million.

The open house is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 818 W. Park Row Drive.

Lamar High has 28 new classrooms, a new choir hall and a new dance studio.

Construction cost $10.6 million, with projects funded by 2009 bond money and surplus 1999 bond funds.

The north facade has been upgraded, along with the counselors' suite and athletic department's locker rooms.

Visitors may tour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 1400 W. Lamar Blvd.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

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