On Wednesday, November 18, cement work began for the new Pleasanton I.S.D. agricultural facility on FM 476.
Lorene Tullos, PHS director of career and technical education, said, “It was thrilling today to watch another major milestone come to pass. This first batch of cement to be poured for facilities was done at the site for the new agricultural facility. The new 15,000 square foot facility will include a show arena, animal pens, feed storage and more. This welcome addition will provide a place for students and staff to work with animals in an academic setting as well as cultivate students’ hands on skills working with animals.”
The new Pleasanton Ag facility will allow students to house animals that may not have been able to in the past. Many students that live in the city limits and may not be able to have animals at their home will now be able to use the barn to keep their animals in. This will give many students that have never had an animal project before an opportunity to show. The Atascosa County Livestock show that is held in January provides thousands of dollars in scholarships for local students. This will be the first Ag barn the Pleasanton ISD has had. The barn will provide space for pigs, lambs and goats. The barn can hold 40 pigs, 12 lambs and 12 goats. The barn will also feature a show ring that will allow students to practice showing and eventually host shows. Keep an eye for a more in depth story on all the features of the new Ag barn coming soon in the Pleasanton Express.
The first project to break ground for Pleasanton ISD school facilities was the Pleasanton Primary addition, grades Prekindergarten First Grade. The addition of a wing of 8 classrooms and bathrooms was determined by Pleasanton’s community planning committee to be of upmost importance. While the new Pleasanton Elementary facility, the highlight and most anticipated project, has not broken ground yet, the planning and design of
Campus will be posted on Pleasanton ISD’s homepage at www.pisd.us/. Click on “Pleasanton I.S.D. 2015 Bond Project.”
A long range planning committee was developed by Pleasanton ISD’s board of trustees inviting citizens to participate in a process to review the current facilities and the needs of the district. This group was comprised of over 50 citizens including parents, staff members, and community members. Presentations were given on various topics related to school finance, bond structure, and property taxes. All campus principals and several directors also reported to the committee on the conditions of the current facilities and their needs. This information was used to determine the size and scope of the current bond package.
Each day progress is made in producing the vision these dedicated people set forth. The new facilities will provide a fantastic environment for students and staff, one that will not only benefit students academically on a routine basis, but also a ripple out into our community to provide the efficiency, quality, safety and security the planning committee focused on ensuring our students would get.