The Amarillo Independent School District Board of Trustees approved remodeling for the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning building, as well as selected an architect to design an addition for the generators at key IT hubs within the district. They also approved a construction manager to provide the shoring for the crawl space at Austin Middle School.
The meeting was held Monday evening at the Amarillo ISD building.
The schematic drawings for the remodeling of the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL) building were created by the company Sims and Architects.
“We are gaining some (square footage), and we’re putting everybody under one roof instead of having several. … Currently all of our short-term alternative placements are all in portables out to the west and south of the North Heights campus. This will give us the ability to put them all inside a building,” said AISD Superintendent Doug Loomis.
The remodeling is to create space for the center’s Crossroads program, along with short-term and long-term Alternative Education Placement programs. These programs are currently being housed at the North Heights Alternative School.
“When it’s finished, it will accommodate the expanded Crossroads program for all four high schools,” said Deputy Superintendent Pati Buchenau.
The remodeling is estimated to cost $1,545,839 for the school district.
AISD also approved Sims and Architects to design a project for additional generators at several of the IT hubs throughout the school district.
“In the freezing last year, we lost Amarillo High and Caprock at that time, and every school in between. Since those are key locations, we need to maintain that those sites are operational,” said Jeff Roller, AISD chief technology officer.
This project will include the replacement of a generator at the Rod Schroder Education Support Center; expansion of the IT equipment rooms at Tascosa High School and Amarillo High School; as well as an additional entrance to the IT room at Palo Duro High School.
The estimated total for the project is $950,000, and it is projected to be completed by December 2022.
As previously reported by Globe-News, AISD chose to provide temporary shoring to the crawl space at Austin Middle School. The shoring is needed to support the space from continuous moisture in the crawlspace and is a short-term solution until the district can decide on a long-term fix.
AISD approved CMAR, or Construction Manager at Risk, for the project of installing the shoring.
The expected completion date for that project is August 2022.