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Security Made A Priority

Randy Socha, with Always Fencing, Inc., installs rod iron fencing for one of the entry/exit gates at El Campo High School Wednesday. The gate is part of an overall security fencing project to limit access to the open campus. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-July.

With the students out for summer, El Campo and Louise school districts have maintenance and major projects under way.

Security fencing at El Campo High School is the major project going in this summer at the open campus. About 75 percent of the fencing is complete according to Greg Polasek of Polasek Construction of El Campo. Work on the project began as soon as school was out.

“We are waiting on gates to get delivered, and just a little bit more of the fencing needs to be put up. We are hoping the gates will be in by the end of June. We hope to possibly be finished by mid-July.”

Recent rains have not delayed the project, he said.

“This last big rain we got we were waiting for materials to come in and so we weren’t working on it at that time,” he added.

When complete, the six-foot tall, rod iron fencing will appear in segments between buildings and as perimeter fencing throughout the campus. Fencing will include an entrance/exit gate for students/staff plus another one that doubles as a bus drop off site, another gate for parent drop off and pick up and a few maintenance-only gates.

Jeff Balcar, maintenance director for ECISD, said the only other change at the high school involves switching Principal Demetric Wells’ office, which is located mid-campus, to the front of campus facing Norris Street where the guidance office is now.

Other smaller projects include painting the hallways at Hutchins Elementary once summer school ends at that campus, to Penner Electric changing out lights at the tennis court to general maintenance like changing AC filters and light bulbs to inspections, cleaning and repairing equipment.

Flowerbeds at each campus will also be spruced up before school starts, but tree trimming will have to wait until the fall when Balcar has enough in his budget, he said.

LISD projects include replacing rotten metal doors in the boys and girls bathrooms at the middle school and moving out the gate at the cafeteria a few feet allowing for better traffic flow, both to be completed by BLS Construction.

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