If your child is going to Bowie Elementary this coming school year they are in for some big changes. Construction has started and a new Bowie campus is being built right next to the old one.
Joe Humphery is the construction coordinator for Abilene ISD. He said the project will cost nearly ten million dollars.
He said once the building is complete the 10 million-dollar-price-tag will be will be tax money well spent.
“This is a 1951 building we have heating and air-conditioning problems,” said Humphery. “We have security problems, it has narrow hall ways, the kitchen is not air-conditioned. The cafeteria is small. On and on and on there are a ton of reasons why these really old buildings we need to get out of.”
The one problem that seems to scare parents the most is security. After an alleged gunman was reported at Jane Long elementary many parents have been asking administrators to do more to protect their children.
When Bowie is completed it will have a similar security system as they have at Martinez Elementary. The only way in is through the front door.
But if you try to just walk in you will quickly find out it is locked. You must first be buzzed in by the secretary.
Once you are inside you still do not have access to the rest of the campus and if you are finally allowed in you are still not out of sight.
“There will be cameras all over the outside as well as some interior cameras down the hall ways, in the cafeteria and places like that,” said Humphery.
Abilene ISD administrators said all of the older elementary schools will be getting similar security updates.
The new Bowie building is expected to be completed in July 2015.