Worthing HS construction making progress

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Construction at Worthing High School is quickly advancing, with renovations to the fine arts wing complete and work on the building addition underway.

Crews have renovated the auditorium stage, music rooms, restrooms, locker rooms, and clinic in the existing building. Additionally, the foundation for the new building has been poured and almost two-thirds of the steel framing is in place, with concrete walls for the JROTC and weight room going up.

“This community is ready to see this building, so I’m excited to tell them we’re still on schedule,” Worthing Principal Khalilah Campbell-Rhone said, noting that she was pleased the project timeline had not been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Worthing is among 40 schools, including 29 high schools, being renovated or rebuilt as part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program. The $33 million project calls for a new building addition that will incorporate a recently completed two-story classroom wing. Once complete, the project will accommodate 1,100 to 1,300 students.

Built as the first phase of the project, the new wing was completed last summer and opened to students in August 2016. Students are attending school in that new wing — which features brightly colored learning centers, science labs, and career and technology education spaces, as well as a collegiate-style lecture hall — while crews finish rebuilding the remainder of the school.

The new building addition will boast of a new JROTC area, administrative spaces, weight room, competition and auxiliary gyms, academic wings, hospitality lab, and a dining area that opens to a large outdoor courtyard.

Construction is slated for completion during fourth quarter of 2018.

Bond construction is underway at more than two dozen campuses in HISD. Almost 50 percent of bond projects are now complete and open to students. Once all work is done, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.

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