Joshua Cogburn, project leader for Huckabee Architects, updated board members on the Stephenville High School and Gilbert Intermediate bond projects Monday evening.

With Gov. Abbott’s Friday announcement that schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year, SISD Superintendent Matt Underwood suggested to the board that this would be a great time for interior renovations to start.

“Kids are not coming back to school. We can get a head start on some of the interior renovations,” he said.

The big issue involved starting renovation on the auditorium, which would take it out of the equation for a possible venue for graduation ceremonies.

“Mrs. Traweek said maybe we can use the bond. I talked with Tarleton and as of now, they have not closed their facilities. I talked to Kent [Styron] and he said as of right now, if we thought we wanted to move graduation back, there is an opportunity we can still use some of their facilities,” Underwood said.

“I think if you’ve got the time, use it now to your advantage,” said school board member Keri Vanden Berge.

An update on the high school, ag building and Gilbert Intermediate are as follows:

Stephenville High School - Work completed/Underway to-date

CMU walls at the gym locker room and gym are underway

Electrical underground at the auditorium is underway

Framing for the cast-in-place columns have started (gym addition – front fašade)

Electrical service to the softball restroom/concession building is complete

Ceramic tile installation at football locker room areas is complete, ceiling and floor finishes are ongoing

Fire alarm installation at main building continuing

Upcoming work – one month look ahead

Steel erection at gym

Exterior brick installation at gym

Pour remaining auditorium slab

Ag building - Work completed/underway to date

Stud wall installation is complete

Ductwork is being installed

Wall and overhead electrical is being installed

Structural painting, tape, bed and texture of walls is ongoing

Landscaping is ongoing

Electrical and plumbing wall rough-in is underway

Upcoming work – one month look ahead

Painting of all walls and trim will occur

Gilbert Intermediate - Work completed/underway to date

Tape, bed and texture of walls in new addition is complete

Painting in the new addition will start this week

Demo of existing locker rooms for renovation is complete

Installation of the new plumbing in the locker room renovation area has started

Tape, bed and texture of restroom walls in life skills will be complete this week and then finishes will start

Upcoming work – one month look ahead

Install masonry walls in locker room renovation area

Install wall and floor tile in new addition