BISD Officials Thank Community for Supporting Student Education
Burleson, TX (June 4, 2018) – Local officials and community leaders joined Burleson Independent School District (BISD) today to celebrate the groundbreaking for Pauline G. Hughes Middle School. Renovations and new construction to Hughes Middle School, located at 316 S.W. Thomas Street, will accommodate growth, and increase capacity for fine arts and athletics.
The Hughes Middle School project is one of four bond projects approved by voters in May 2017 to manage district growth. Burleson ISD has four bond projects that are in process simultaneously.
School Board President Andy Pickens spoke of the commitment from fellow Trustees.
“We all share the same vision of providing innovative education choices to students and the tools they need to embrace their dynamic future,” said Pickens. “The improvements in the works for both our middle school facilities are evidence of their dedicated service.”
Trustee Shawn Minor shared his personal experience with Hughes Middle School and its role in the community.
“This is a place where I met people who shaped the rest of my life,” said School Board Trustee Shawn Minor. “I’m very thankful to the community of Burleson for stepping up and making the right decision on behalf of our children. I say thank you to this board and Dr. Jimerson for your vision to give this building a makeover that is long past due.”
Members of the Facilities Advisory Committee were recognized by BISD School Board President Andy Pickens.
“The Facilities Advisory Committee was composed of a group of community members who worked together, spending many nights immersed in school finance and district facilities, to lay the blueprint for the work we are beginning here today,” said Pickens. “Thank you, committee members, not only for your time on the committee, but also for your dedication to our students. Your work is an example of the value of education in Burleson.”
Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson noted construction is underway on some projects and plans are being finalized for others that will soon begin.
“As with other bond projects, our employees will continue to work with architects and construction managers to ensure the renovations and additions to Hughes are completed on time and under budget.”
Dr. Jimerson noted those who grew up and attended the campus have fond memories of their time at Hughes Middle School.
“We will preserve the tradition of Hughes as we update, renovate, and expand this campus to meet the needs of today’s learners,” said Dr. Jimerson. “In addition to internal renovations throughout the building, new construction will accommodate student growth while increasing capacity for fine arts and athletics.”
Dr. Jimerson also expressed appreciation to trustees and facilities advisory committee members who created the bond recommendation that voters approved in May 2017.
“I thank our Board of Trustees who have been working on this for many years,” said Jimerson. “It is through their vision and hard work that we’re helping to bring life into this facility. I also want to thank the Facilities Advisory Committee for investing the time and energy over the course of months to come to consensus. We’re here today because of your efforts, and I appreciate the community for investing in our schools and kids.”
Dr. Jimerson recognized the employees of BISD who work with the architects and construction managers to make this project run smoothly.
“This school will have a lasting impact on our students and community for generations to come,” added Jimerson.
Anticipated completion for the Hughes Middle School project is planned for Summer 2019. For information and a full timeline of bond projects, visit bonds.burlesonisd.net.
Partners in the project include Stantec Architecture, Image Engineering Group and Cadence McShane Construction.
ABOUT BURLESON ISD:
Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,000 students at 17 schools, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.
Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler, Burleson ISD Communications