Thomas Jefferson High School. Photography by Carly May.

Building permit applications were filed this week to renovate the interior of Thomas Jefferson High School.

On Wednesday, Celeta Bettison, an assistant project manager at The Beck Group, submitted five permits requesting permission to demolish the interior of the building, without build back.

The trades listed on the application include building, customer service, electrical, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, mechanical and plumbing. According to the application, the job value is expected to be $170,605 and will cover 34,375 square feet.

Jefferson was damaged in the tornado that hit Dallas in October 2019. In our February issue, we reported that though some people thought the best option would be to tear down the existing structure and build a new school, Dallas ISD decided to work with what survived the storm.

The DISD Board of Trustees approved $132 million to go toward construction work at Jefferson as well as the new pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade campus at the former Cary Middle School. Of that, $82 million has been allocated to fund rebuilding Jefferson.

To see the applications, search for “2102031031,” “2102031032,” “2102031033,” “2102031034” or “2102031035” on the City of Dallas Building Inspection website.