Posted at: 08/01/2013 6:21 PM
IJ Holton Intermediate School Ready for Students
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A month from now, the Austin school district does something it hasn't done in decades -- it opens a brand new school building.
"We're on schedule. We're going to have students coming in beginning of September, and we'll be ready for them," said Austin schools finance director Mark Stotts.
The Austin school district’s new Holton Intermediate School will address an ongoing overcrowding problem by housing sixth graders who had been attending Ellis middle school, and fifth graders from the district's four elementary buildings.
"The classroom sections for the most part are completely done," the Austin school district’s Mark Stotts told us.
"The kitchen is ready. The gym floor is being laid as we speak. Some of the landscaping and site work might not be done to perfection, but we're getting really close."
Ground was broken for the new school in May of last year after voters in the Austin school district approved a 29 million dollar construction referendum.
“The actual bids came in quite a bit under what we had budgeted, and we had issued bonds for," finance director Mark Stotts explained. It was the result of an economy that was still in recovery mode. “The financial markets were such that we got very, very favorable interest rates on our bonds, and at the same time the construction industry hadn't quite taken off at that point."
Most of the teachers at Holton will be moving from other buildings, and the district has added some custodial and food service positions.
And September third will be here sooner than you think.
"We're getting really close,” Mark Stotts said. “It's exciting."
The school was named after former Hormel Foods President and CEO I-J Holton.