At last night’s Highland Park ISD board of trustees meeting, Superintendent Dawson Orr addressed concerns about the scheduled Highland Park High School gym remodel.
“The scenario we were dealing with is how do we accommodate all of the program needs at the same time you’re taking major space out,” Orr said.
Before any real work can be done, asbestos has to be removed, and that can take several weeks. Before that can happen, the district needs the facility for AP testing. According to Orr’s figures, around 50 percent of HPHS students (80 percent of both juniors and seniors) take AP tests, something that is a great source of pride in the district.
Trustee Jeff Barnes asked parents and students at the meeting to bear with them. “We’re doing the best we can,” he said.
According to Helen Williams, the district’s communications director , the gym will be closed throughout the summer and during the first week of the 2010-11 school year.