The landscape is changing on Washington Street around Central Elementary School for the first time since the Works Progress Administration constructed the school back in 1939, when it was called Stephenville Ward School.

Gary Boase has been hired to add an ornamental iron flat top fence around the front area for $13,200 and the project has been completely funded by the Parent Teachers Organization.

“I think it is a great project, and we really appreciate the PTO getting involved,” Dr. Darrell Floyd, Stephenville Independent School District superintendent said.

“We are truly blessed in Stephenville to have such wonderfully supportive parents that work hand-in-hand with us to provide the best for our students.”

According to Regi Brackin, director of maintenance, the fence will be completed before school starts on August 27.

Brackin said the same company recently completed the fence around the new soccer field at Henderson Junior High School.

Floyd said the fence will provide a safety feature when teachers want to take students outside to utilize the front grassy area for various activities.

Central Elementary School serves the youngest students in the Stephenville area with classes in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.