At Dell City School Campus, Renovations, Upgrades Continue
Through the hard work of district maintenance staff, and the commitment of school administrators and board members, it's been a year of renovations and improvements to the Dell City School campus – and the upgrades continue.
At their March 28 meeting, school board members approved the purchase and installation of new heating and air-conditioning units in the school's gym and cafeteria. Scott Heating and Cooling of El Paso was contracted for the work, and Scott employees have been on campus recently, taking measurements for the new units.
Community members who have attended a graduation ceremony know that the gym can be a steamy place in May and June. Scott projects that the new HVAC units will be installed by May 17, and air-conditioning should be in operation for graduation, on May 31.
Other improvements will support Ag and vocational education for DCISD students. A quonset barn that currently serves as a maintenance shop for staff is being split into two areas. One area will continue to be used by maintenance staff, while the second area will be a new Ag shop – where students can learn welding, and electrical, plumbing, woodworking and mechanic skills. Supt. Ruben Cervantes said the renovation of the building is part of the district's effort “to grow the Ag department, and to offer more career and technology education.”
Contractors have also been on campus recently pouring the foundation for a new school greenhouse. The greenhouse was purchased last school year with a $10,000 grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services, as part of its Rural School Project. The federally funded project was launched to encourage good nutrition and physical activity among young people living along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The school received the grant in 2017 – but the greenhouse had yet to be constructed. The contractors will move forward with construction in the coming weeks. With the greenhouse in place, gardening can be integrated into Ag education at the school.
And – new playground equipment, donated in the fall by Robert Millard, of El Paso's Playground Constructors, Inc., and assembled in early March in a joint effort of school staff, the PTO and local businesses DVRM and Chaffhaye – will soon be ready for student play. Synthetic mulch – to surround the jungle gym – was delivered to the school, and a frame to hold the mulch has been installed. The mulch will be placed around the equipment in the coming days, and the jungle gym will then be opened to students.