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West ISD to demolish high school, rebuild to start next year


Parts of West High School looked like they'd been picked up and moved three or four feet by the fertilizer plant explosion seven months ago. On December 10, West ISD will start demolishing that campus and begin the rebuilding process for two new schools.

"Later this spring our plans are to begin the site work construction in preparation for a new middle school and high school," West ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford said.

Crawford says the upcoming project will cost between 50 to 60 million dollars. Now he is more comfortable than ever to say that the school district will have the funds to support the construction of the two schools.

"Our funding through our insurance and FEMA relationships has stabilized and we are certainly excited about that because that is where the uncertainty was lying so long after the April explosion," Crawford said.

As part of the construction plans Crawford says they will not rebuild on the site of the old intermediate school, which was located right next to the fertilizer plant. Instead, the school district will build both schools where the high school lies now.

"We do feel that the proximity of that site to the tragedy is somewhere where we don't want to put another school, it's very close to a railroad track, a heavily trafficked railroad track," Crawford said. "We feel that locating the two campuses along with our new athletic facilities where the high school sits now is more efficient use of our property."

Crawford says construction should be completed by the 2015-16 school year.

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