Thomas MS prepares for new students with building facelift

Thomas Middle School is getting a facelift this summer thanks to the help of the Houston Independent School District Facilities Services team.

The school is being updated to accommodate incoming middle school students from Woodson, which is transitioning this summer from a prekindergarten through eighth-grade campus to a prekindergarten through fifth-grade academy.

“I am excited for the students,” newly appointed Principal Vernitra Shivers said, noting that she was excited to see the dated campus get an update. “We will be growing in numbers over the summer, so this is needed.”

Campus upgrades include repainting of hallways, restrooms, and classrooms. In addition, crews will re-stain the gymnasium and the school stage and install landscaping around the main entrance.

Echoing Shivers’ sentiments, Facilities Services General Manager Alfred Hoskins said he is pleased with how well the project has been executed.

“We sat down with the principal and heard their requests. We discussed all the possibilities and came up with a plan together,” Hoskins said. “I am so excited to see the reactions the children will have upon their return.”

Maintenance crews have been working on the school since June to ensure the work is completed and the campus is ready for students in time for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Work is slated to wrap up by the end of July.

Thomas Plant Operator Darryl Henderson, who oversees the maintenance and upkeep of the building, said he was happy that the project is being led by Facilities Services.

“When Facilities Services gets involved I know it will get done right and promptly,” Henderson said. “I couldn’t be happier to have their full support.”

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