FORSAN â€” School officials here will soon take the first step in what will be more than a year-long process of evaluating the state of school facilities.
During their monthly meeting Monday evening, Forsan Independent School District trustees discussed commissioning a facilities study within the next few months to assess the need for modernizing campus buildings.
â€śWe're starting to gather procedural information on the best way to assess our facilities,â€ť said FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson. â€śWe'll look at all our facilities, but certainly, the elementary campus is our biggest concern at this time.â€ť
Elbow Elementary was first constructed in 1930 and has been renovated several times â€” including the addition of a classroom wing â€” over the years. The most recent upgrade came after voters approved renovations in a 2004 bond election.
Despite those efforts, however, Johnson said the old building is starting to show its age.
â€śIt has issues you'd expect from a core building built in the 1930s,â€ť he said. â€śIt has an extensive amount of asbestos, and there are also concerns about air quality â€” the building is not sealed up well and some days, you can't see all the way down the hall because of the dust.â€ť
The building has other infrastructure issues â€” such as plumbing â€” consistent with an 80-year-old building, Johnson said.
He emphasized that Monday's discussions were merely the first step in what could be very long process.
â€śOver the next several months, I anticipate we'll have several groups come, examine our facilities and give us their recommendations as to what needs to be done â€¦ We're definitely not making any sort of (bond election) announcement at this time. If this was to develop into a bond election, I'd say we're more than a year away from that.â€ť