W.T. White will undergo additional renovations sooner than expected

The next wave of funding for Dallas ISD bond projects received the green light from trustees, including two high schools in our neighborhood.

Trustees unanimously voted to approve 23 construction projects that are part of the $1.6 billion 2015 bond program, The Hub reports. Both W.T. White and Thomas Jefferson are slated to receive upgrades and renovations.

Chief operations officer Scott Layne and construction services executive director Tim Strucely revised the construction timeline, taking each campuses’ needs into account, according to the Dallas Morning News. An updated Facility Condition Index report, a comparative benchmark that ranks the condition of schools, determined what schools were included in the final plan.

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W.T. White has advocated for funding the past several months, citing overcrowding, outdated facilities and flooding as its main issues. Through the bond program, the North Dallas high school will receive improvements to its fine arts areas, auditorium, gym and locker rooms.

Thomas Jefferson will receive similar enhancements and a 16-classroom addition.

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