New Bonham HS still on track despite growing pains, weather delays

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BONHAM, Tex. (KXII) -- If you drive on Highway 121 through Bonham, you can see how far progress on the new high school has come, but it hasn't been without some growing pains.

"We are super excited for the new school," said Trudi Fortune, who has a son and a daughter who go to Bonham High School.

Fortune says she voted 'yes' for the $30,000,000 bond that passed in May 2016 and will bring many new additions, like a gym, that will double as an auditorium with a full stage.

"My daughter is in theater and they don't really have like a real stage so it's going be a really good thing I think for everyone," she said.

Principal Ryan Prock said the new school will also have larger classrooms, cafeteria and student parking lot, as well as a new band hall and outdoor patio area to name a few things.

It's a big project that has caused some minor inconveniences for parents, staff and students.

"We've had to change student parking, we've had to change where bus pick up and drop off is." said Prock.

"Obviously the parking lot is a little bit of an issue, but it's worth it," said Fortune.

Asbestos abatement inside the current school has been another challenge during the construction, with teachers having to move classrooms and forcing a cancellation of school last Wednesday following winter break due to two panels being broken out and the heater being turned off.

"It was just as cold in the building as it was outside," said Prock.

Crews have already been set back 30 days due rain since they broke ground last June, but Prock said he's hopeful they can make up the days and have the new high school ready for the start of the next school year.

"People have put a lot of time and effort into this and to see it come to fruition -- teachers are excited, kids are excited, everybody is energetic about it, renewed," said Prock. "The little problems and things that we have to deal with aren't that big of a deal."

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