As area districts returned to schools last week, it was a different first day of school for families at South Keller Intermediate and Keller High School as they had to use alternate entrances and dodge construction fences because of major renovation projects.
This is the last year that South Keller Intermediate School, or SKI, will exist. Next fall, the building will become home to the KISD career and technology center for high school students and Indian Springs Middle School will become a fifth- through eighth-grade campus.
At SKI, construction crews have put in a temporary walkway and fencing along Whitley Road to improve student safety and access, said Billy Kidd, planning and facility project manager.
Kidd presented an update on construction at an Aug. 26 bond oversight committee meeting.
Workers are scheduled to begin pouring concrete piers this week on a 50,000-square-foot addition on the west side of the school, Kidd said. The playground also is expected to be in place this week northeast of the building.
The first phase of demolition at Keller High School is complete, with the front entrance and band hall removed.
A temporary entrance with reception and attendance clerks is located by the main gym. Workers have completed the temporary band hall inside the lecture hall and placed a portable for equipment right outside.
The next phase of Keller High construction on a new band hall is scheduled to begin next week just south of the Fine Arts Center, Kidd said.