As the Keller High School renovation kicks into high gear this week, the campus will be closed for most of the summer.
Administrators and office staff members will have temporary quarters at the Keller Learning Center, as construction crews demolish the old administration core, finish new offices and classrooms in the two-story entrance, enlarge the cafeteria, level the floors in the old “Commons,” re-roof the entire building and complete more than a dozen other items on their punch list.
“The weather has definitely complicated our schedule, but we still keep pushing through,” said Hudson Huff, executive director of facility services.
The new band hall was completed in early May, so students could enjoy it for the last few weeks of school.
In the next few weeks, crews will install all the glass and doors in the new entry. They already completed much of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing work above the ceiling. Much of the work had to wait until students left for the summer.
“The center of the building is where most of the work will be concentrated: the cafeteria space expansion, the central administration demolition and rework,” Huff said.
With offices demolished, re-roofing and renovations throughout the building, it made sense to relocate office staff and several summer camps.
While many of the outdoor athletics camps will continue on the KHS grounds, the girls and boys basketball camps, along with volleyball camp, will move to Keller Middle School and Florence Elementary. An Indianettes camp will take place at Shady Grove Elementary.
Principal Michael Nasra sent a letter to parents to give an overview of the work and summer contact information for campus administration, counselors, and front office personnel at the Keller Learning Center, 250 College Ave.
“Daily visitors can continue to reach campus personnel by visiting us at the Keller Learning Center, by email or by phone at 817-744-1400,” Nasra wrote.
He also invited community members to attend the Keller High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 16.