By Darla Higgins
Jimplecute Staff Writer
On Friday morning, members of the Jefferson ISD’s Board of Trustees took a stroll around several school campuses to inspect how they’re looking and decide what needs to be improved.
“It’s something we need to do periodically throughout the year,” Superintendent Rob Barnwell said before they began the tour.
The group started at Jefferson High School, where they took a look around the shop used by agriculture students.
“It does look a lot better,” said Trustee Leah Cooper of the room, which has recently been spruced up.
“The kids really took pride in the shop,” added Trustee Bobby Langbartels. “One kid got mad because another kid was dragging something across the floor after they’d just painted it.”
As they discussed welding projects in the shop, Trustee Kevin Godfrey pointed out that in a decade, things in that industry will have changed.
“You won’t have to weld certain things, because you can just print them,” he said. “We need to be teaching these people how to do that because they’re going to have to know that in the future. Three-D printing can be as strong as a weld.”
The group also toured the elementary-school cafeteria, which is being remodeled.
“To save money on this project, we’ve done a lot of that tearing down ourselves,” Barnwell said. “The bad thing about that is we don’t keep quite up with the mowing, and this is mowing season.”
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the board discussed additional projects that might be needed in the near future. Those include repaving a parking lot, addressing a leaky roof at the high school, constructing a competition gym and putting up a security fence near the back of the elementary school.
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