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This week ... the IPHS renovations

by Dolores Hamilton
Voters in the Iowa Park CISD school district will decide on May 12 whether to approve a bond proposal designated for major renovation of the 40-plus year old high school campus and athletic complex, and internet, security and miscellaneous needs on all four campuses.

In last week’s story on the bond issue, it was mistakenly reported that the bond proposal is for $13.7-million. The Leader did not add in the cost for internet, security and miscellaneous work at a cost of $933,500, which is a substantial saving because the work will be done by school personnel. Adding this in, the cost of the bond package is $14.7-million.

The bond election was called following four years of study by a facility task force and members of the school board.

A breakdown of money to be spent on each campus includes the following: High School, $2,768,680.51; Athletic complex, $10,553,774.06; Votech-Ag Building, $425,937.64; interne t, security and miscellaneous needs on all four campuses, $933,500.

Members of the school board will be visiting clubs and organizations between now and the election to explain the bond issue and answer questions.

Anyone with questions about the bond proposals can call the Leader at 592-4431 or send an e-mail to or

The questions will be answered by Superintendent Jerry Baird or a member of the school board and published in the next edition of the Leader.

For the next few weeks leading up to the bond election the Leader will feature a summary of the proposals for each campus and the athletic complex. This week the high school will be highlighted.


The exterior of the high school will receive a facelift with new entrance forms, exterior facade, new canopies, copings, gutters, downspouts and solar shade devices. Also concrete walks, landscaping/irrigation and storm water control measures.

The auditorium will get a makeover with new seating, floors, walls, ceilings, lighting (base), audio/visual, ADA compliance, and main entrance renovation.

Work on the votech-ag building includes demolition of an old, unused building and greenhouse, concrete walks and fence. A new exterior facade will be added as well as a canopy system, solar shades, screen walls, rails, metal eave trim, metal gutters and downspouts, and the overhead doors repaired and painted.

Hawk Stadium will be featured in next week’s Leader.