Construction project in underway at Crockett Elementary School.

Becky Holland/Piney Woods News

MISD Trustee President gives update on school builds

By Becky Holland,
Special to the Piney Woods News

Work begins at William B. Travis Elementary. (Warwick Photo)
Work begins at William B. Travis Elementary. (Warwick Photo)

MARSHALL – Helen Warwick, president of the Marshall Independent School District Board of Trustees, can’t help but be excited these days. After months, possibly years, of planning and research, MISD is getting new schools.

That is something Warwick and her fellow trustees are very happy about.

Ride by William B. Travis Elementary School, David Crockett Elementary School, and to Elysian Fields Road where the new junior high school is set to be – construction, and in some cases, ‘de-construction,’ has taken place.

On May 9, 2015, voters of the Marshall ISD community approved a bond package totaling $109,210,000. The bond package will fund the construction of new schools, renovations and grade level realignment. It was a hard-fought prize to achieve, but the bond has proven to be worthwhile so far. And it is only in the initial stages.

Warwick said Friday, “I am excited.”

When asked if there any feelings of nervousness, she smiled. “I guess so – there will be a little bit of nervousness until we get the keys and the kids start their first day of school in the new buildings.”

According to the special MISD website pages dedicated to the construction,  last reported in April, “The Marshall ISD Board of Trustees awarded the new Price T. Young Elementary School construction project to WRL GeneralContractors, Ltd., of Tyler.The awarding of the PTY project to WRL now leaves just one more new construction project in the Legacy 2017 building program, at the current site of David Crockett Elementary, to be awarded. During Monday’s meeting, MISD trustees also approved entering contract negotiations with Sedalco as general contractor for that project.”

“The final project approved by voters in last May’s election, the renovation of Sam Houston Middle School to become MISD’s K-5 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy, will enter the planning stages once construction on the new projects is underway,” the report on the website at stated.

It also reported that “All projects in the building program are scheduled to be completed in time for the beginning of the school year in 2017.WRL, officially based out of Flint, Texas, has completed various commercial, industrial and educational buildings throughout East Texas.”

The website will continue to provide updates on the construction projects with text and photos. Visit it at



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