Share “Mustang High School to get major remodel”

BY JESSE OLIVAREZ Published: April 9, 2009
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MUSTANG — Major changes are coming to Mustang High School.

Voters in Mustang School District on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a pair of bond issues totaling $57.9 million that will pay for a complete overhaul of the high school campus.

The two propositions on the ballot both achieved an approval rating of 77 percent or higher.

Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot, who watched the results come in at a rally Tuesday night with other district officials, said she was excited about the support shown by the district’s patrons.

"We had a great group of people that have worked so hard on this,” Lightfoot said. "The results that we have tonight ... shows how much the patrons in Mustang are for the students of Mustang.”

A majority of the funds will pay for the restructuring of the high school campus, starting with the high school building itself. The campus currently is made up of more than a dozen buildings. The redesign calls for shedding some of the buildings to make room for the construction of a two-story structure that will house 28 classrooms and administration offices.

The redesign also calls for the construction of a new ninth-grade center, an enlarged media center and a commons area for the high school.

Other funds will go toward the construction of additional classrooms and a cafeteria at Creek Elementary School and Mustang North Middle School, officials said. Bond money will also go toward the purchase of new buses.

District officials said they expect to have all of the major projects complete within three years.