Renovated transportation center almost ready | Coronavirus

The first major project funded by a $77.9 million bond package approved by voters in 2018 will be open for business soon.

Nacogdoches ISD’s transportation center is nearing completion, and staff will soon begin moving into the new facility, district officials said.

“NISD is grateful for the Board of Trustees as well as the voters of NISD for overwhelming support in 2018 to provide the funds to complete the transportation center,” Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo said. “And let’s not forget the vision and mission of our former superintendent, Alton Frailey, who saw what this facility could be.”

Voters in 2018 overwhelmingly approved the bond package after defeating similar proposals in 2014 and 2015.

Around $5 million was used to renovate the district’s transportation center. Much of the original building was retained, but it was reconfigured.

New areas were added on for transportation staff offices and a large meeting room for drivers, and garage area was expanded to accommodate six full-size buses at one time. The large roll-up doors at each end can be closed while the buses are inside, and the work area is now climate-controlled.

Under normal circumstances, NISD would celebrate the completion of this work with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the celebration is put on hold, and district officials posted a video and photos on the NISD website to give the public a first look at the facility.

Work is continuing around the school district on other bond projects including adding 30,000 square feet of career and technology space at Nacogdoches High School and construction of a new Emeline Carpenter Elementary School on Southeast Stallings Drive.

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