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Kilgore ISD kicks off construction projects

From Staff Reports
March 6, 2012 at 10 p.m.


KILGORE - Tuesday marked another milestone in the history of Kilgore ISD as officials, students and contractors kicked off the district's latest construction projects with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The $55 million bond project was approved by district voters in May. Included in the bond is a 103-acre parcel to build a new Maude Laird Middle School and Kilgore Heights Elementary School.

Longview-based RLM General Contractors is the general contractor for the project at U.S. 259 South and CR 186.

The district purchased the property - the site of a former drive-in movie theater - to build the new schools as part of the bond project.

Officials said the layout of the two campuses resembles a fan shape with the elementary school being in closer proximity to the U.S. 259 frontage and the middle school being built toward the back.

Officials said they hope to have the two new schools completed by August 2013 - weather permitting.

When complete, the new schools will replace the district's oldest facilities. Kilgore Heights was built in 1936 and has been in use for 75 years. Neither campus is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and neither meet state requirements for size, officials said.

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