JISD provides tornado update

Work continues on the repair of both Jacksboro ISD schools heavily damaged in the March tornado.

JISD Superintendent Brad Burnett said all the remediation work to get students back at the elementary school has been completed and the damaged and broken items are gone. The damaged areas have been shored up and the students have been back in school for a couple weeks now.

“We had to wait until things were replaced like carpet, ceiling grids and drywall were replaced,” Burnett said. “Once we got the power restored we were able to get our technology folks in there to get internet established in all the classrooms.”

Work still remains as both roofs will need to be replaced this summer. Work on that is expected to begin as soon as June 1.

“The items have been ordered and are expected to be here in late May,” Burnett said. “All that is dependent on things arriving.”

Two crews will be used to replace roofs, so no one can be in the schools while work is going on. With schools being worked on this summer, all summer activities will be based out of the middle school. That includes all summer school and ESL classes.

Work also will take place at the district’s main athletic facilities. Burnett said the JISD is planning on having graduation at Tiger Stadium, per student request, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 27. With the press box heavily damaged, most of the activity will be moved to the visitor side which Burnett said can hold 1,100 people.

Temporary lighting and bleachers are being brought in the accommodate the ceremony. Burnett said having it at the stadium will keep the school from having to limit the number of tickets per graduate.

In case of weather, however, the ceremony will be moved inside the JMS Auditorium.

Repairs to the press box are on hold waiting for approval of architect plans. The district is looking for prices on a new scoreboard as well. Burnett said discussions on whether the field itself will need to be repaired or replaced completely are still being had.

Burnett said permanent lighting has been ordered and is expected to be installed in late July barely a month before the Sept. 2 home opener with Boyd.

The district expects to play all of its home games at Tiger Stadium, Burnett said. Using the main gym for volleyball and basketball is a completely different story.

Burnett said it’s going to be an “optimistic” 12 months before competition will be allowed in there. Burnett said the district could order what it needs today and it would be 5-6 months before it arrived based on supply chain issues.

“Whereas the elementary gym is simply a slab and we can work our way up on that, there’s issues to consider at the high school gym,” Burnett said.

For home volleyball and basketball games, either the JHS Back Gym or the middle school gym will be used, Burnett said. Electronic ticketing will still be used for games but there will be a smaller limit on the number of tickets sold with passes still being accepted.

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