Written by Staff
By Amanda Casanova
Renovations to the district’s administration annex building will start next month and should finish by Aug. 1.
The administration annex building at 820 O'Connor houses services for homeless, migrant families and parents of students, such as adult education programs, but the aging facility is cramped and in need of updates.
Earlier this month, the Irving Independent School District Board of Trustees narrowly voted to hire Coppell-based contractor MDI, Inc. to renovate the facility.
The board voted 4-3 for MDI’s proposal, which was one of seven bids on the project. Trustees Steven Jones, Larry Stipes and Gail Condor Wells voted against.
Renovations to the building include changes to the interior and bringing the building up to compliance with safety laws, including fire alarms and sprinkler.
“This is a different kind of project,” Trustee Jerry Christian said. “The timing may not be the best, but when you consider the importance of the programs we have housed there, the central location of this building is ideal.”
In January, the board also narrowly voted to earmark $900,000 for the renovation.
To pay for the renovations, the district is using $1 million generated from the sale of school buses to Dallas County schools. Any remaining funds will be used for architectural work and furniture.