Some construction project to continue into 2013

Big Spring Independent School District is about to unveil four new elementary campuses, but that doesn't mean school construction is finished. In fact, hard hats are expected to be much in evidence for the lion's share of the coming school year.The four new schools are undeniably the centerpieces of the $60 million project approved by voters two years ago, and their unveiling will undoubtedly be a cause for celebration by BSISD officials. That celebration begins in earnest with a series of ribbon cutting ceremonies scheduled for Aug. 9.Starting at 4 p.m., officials will visit the four campuses — Moss, Washington, Goliad and Marcy, in that order — for brief ribbon-cuttings. After the Marcy ceremony, district officials will conduct a tour of that campus and trustees will hold a meeting, set to begin at 5:15 p.m.Officials say the schools will open as scheduled when the 2012-2013 school year begins, but that doesn't mean work on the buildings will stop.At Moss in particular, work crews will be probably be in evidence for some time after classes get under way. Because construction of that building began roughly two months after its three sister campuses, crews will likely be working up to the start of the school year — and slightly beyond that — getting everything in order.That doesn't mean, however, that workers will be hammering and sawing while classes are in session. Officials say if any construction work must be done after Aug. 27, it will be performed on the weekends.Once the elementary schools are finally checked off, however, one major project will remain — renovation at Big Spring High School.A new roof and science labs will be ready for students when the school year starts, but expansion and renovation of the band hall and music wing likely will continue into April of next year, officials said.