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Campus expansion, demolition begins

TISD starts construction on new CTE buildings
Caden Jackson
The old CTE building lies on the Texas High Campus. Texarkana Independent School District passed a $189 million bond for both additions and reconstruction of buildings on campus.

In early November 2022, Texarkana passed a $189 million dollar bond for Texarkana Independent School District to replace old learning centers, such as the CTE center, with two brand new buildings. With a bright future in sight, students and staff are eager to learn more about the status update of these new buildings.

“The facilities’ infrastructure is [too] outdated to keep up with the demands of the community,” Assistant Principal Julius Anderson said. “The campus was built in 1969, so numerous factors led to the bond upgrade passing through for our district.” 

Now, construction began in the southeast sector of our campus. By closing off the outside pond area for students, the contractors can now begin work in November 2023. The process is projected to finish in the fall of 2025, with teachers and students moving into the new facilities during the 2026 school year.

It’ll definitely bring more careers to TISD and help kids get an idea of what they want to do early on in their lives.

— Mark Ahrens

“I’m glad that the new CTE buildings will be built,” CTE teacher Mark Ahrens said. “It’ll definitely bring more careers to TISD and help kids get an idea of what they want to do early on in their lives. I’m thrilled that we will get a new robotics room and arena for UIL competitions.”

To make room and space, the school will start gutting out the old CTE buildings in December. Accommodations will be provided for all of the CTE classes that will be moved for the construction, including a new staff parking lot next to the multi-purpose center.

“We have temporary structures that will be built on site for teachers and students to use for the next two years while we are in the building process,” Anderson said. “We want our students in our district to have an ideal learning environment, and the bond construction was necessary for this.”

Although juniors and seniors will not be able to witness the new buildings, freshmen and sophomores are thrilled to learn that they will be able to walk into the brand new education centers.

“I’m very excited for the new buildings,” freshman Zoe Aldridge said. “I’m looking forward to the new spaces and new opportunities for the students.”

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Nicholas Spivey
Nicholas Spivey, Staff Writer
Nicholas Spivey is going into newspaper for the second year in a row. He is a part of NHS and the Robotics Club, where he spends most of his time working with classmates and interacting with friends. He is always on the go with work and planning for his future college career in computer science. He strikes when the opportunity is right and tries to make everyone satisfied. Spivey has a passion for engineering and retro science. Last year alone he won six awards in UIL Robotics and doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.   
Caden Jackson
Caden Jackson, Visual Journalist
Caden Jackson is a first year staff visual journalist. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and trapping in his free time. He especially likes going hunting with his father. After high school, he plans to go to Harding or SAU and major in some kind of animal field and become a Game Warden.

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