Now that work has begun on New Diana ISD’s bond project, trustees will celebrate with a groundbreaking ceremony this month.

Last November, voters approved a $5.5 million bond to expand Robert F. Hunt Elementary School. The project includes a fourth- and fifth-grade wing, larger cafeteria and activity space. The expansion should be complete by the start of the 2019-20 school year, Superintendent Carl Key said.

Though “a lot of dust (has) been flying the last few weeks,” trustees are going to turn over some ground before a special meeting on Aug. 27, he said.

Key said board members approved last month the civil portion of the project’s gross maximum price, totaling more than $382,000. That money funded the dirt work, the superintendent said.

Trustees should approve a gross maximum price for the “brick-and-mortar” portion during the special meeting this month, Key said.

At Monday’s board meeting, trustees approved another payment to Stantec for its architectural services, he said.

”Now that dirt’s ... starting to move and things are starting to happen, we’ll begin to have payments over $25,000 to (contractor) Transet, and it’s basically approving the bills that we expect from the bond monies for the construction,” Key said.