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Kiwanians tour new EHS site

Impressive was the word repeatedly heard from the Ennis Kiwanis Club as members toured the Ennis High School expansion site Thursday.
Project Manager Greg Burns took the group on a tour of the facility and discussed how far along construction was and what changes had been made to the existing facility.
“The high school is 25 years old and we are using the same foundation for the new addition,” Burns said. “It’s the best. We got the best foundation available.”
In the existing area, lockers have been removed, paneling was taken out and the ceilings were raised to give more space and light to the building.
For the new science wing, which is located where the courtyard used to be, classrooms are nearing completion. Kiwanis members were shown the new energy management system that will be linked to every classroom throughout the building. The energy management system utilizes motion sensors for the lights and helps to save money on energy costs.
The old science wing (E hall) will be moved during the Christmas break in order for Burns and the construction crew to renovate the older hallway, replace the paneling and install the energy management system.
The expanded area includes a lecture hall, second cafeteria and common area, courtyard, gymnasiums, auditorium, two levels of classrooms and much more.
The lecture hall holds approximately 200 people and can host meetings, guest speakers or other events.
The gymnasium will have fixed seating for the home side and retractable metal bleachers for the visitor side that can be pushed back in order to give more practice room when games aren’t going on.
Burns said before the project is complete landscaping will be put in to give it an aesthetic feel.
“This really looks like something this side of the county is going to be real proud of,” Kiwanis Member Lee Johnson said.
Burns said the biggest obstacle during the project was fighting though 52 inches of rain during the summer. Despite the damp setback the schedule for completions is back on track. The expansion to the high school has approximately doubled the facility in size and the school will hold about 2,400 students. The newer area and the junior high school will both be completed in August ready for the 2008-2009 school year.
“The idea was to not spend a penny more or a penny less than needed,” Burns said.
The Ennis Kiwanis Club meets Thursday at noon at the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Retirement Center.

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