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CISD begins construction on admin building

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CLEVELAND – Drivers may have noticed a lot of work going on as they come into town, as crews prepare to construct CISDs new administration building.

In 2019 CISD voters approved a bond election for several new district facilities, including new campuses, new baseball and softball complex, renovations to the football stadium and security upgrades at school facilities. Now the final piece of that voter- approved project has gotten underway as the ground has been broken on CISDs new 51,000- square- foot facility.

“As you can see, any project that was for students or student-related was completed first, t leaving this administration building to be the last project to complete out of the 2019 bond,” said Superintendent Stephen McCanless.

District officials are excited at the opportu- nities the new facility will bring. It will house school administration and be a hub for professional development at CISD, with 7,200 square feet dedicated to training and meeting areas.

“ This new facility will benefit CISD immensely. Currently, the only training facilities we have available are a 1,000 sq foot training room at the service center and a smaller 400 sq foot room there as well. The majority of our district professional development and training must be done on campuses in their libraries or cafeterias or other available spaces,” said McCanless.

He believes the facilities will offer a greater ability for administrators and educators to pursue enhanced training and presentations.

“ The most important part of teaching is for a teacher to be fully prepared and no better way to do that than for them to have adequate and up-to-date training facilities,” he said.

The remaining 44,000 square feet will house the district’s offices for Communications, Human Resources, Business Office, Curriculum & Instruction, Special Programs, Administrative Services, and the superintendent.

McCanless is also excited about the access to the district the community will now have, especially when conducting school board meetings.

“The community will benefit as well by having a larger, enhanced board room for the community to attend and engage in board meetings,” he said.

Another feature will be a new CISD Historical Museum that will tell the district’s story and include artifacts documenting its rich history.

“ This museum will be open to the public for them to view historic and nostalgic pictures, yearbooks, mementos, and artifacts that go all the way back to the 1920s,” he said.

Next up for CISD is the upcoming bond election on Nov. 8, where district officials are asking voters to approve $115 million to improve facilities in the fastest- growing district in Texas.

“Great things are happening in Cleveland ISD and we are most grateful to the community and taxpayers for always putting students and teachers first,” concluded McCanless.