Despite challenges created by the pandemic, Eanes ISD completed 50 capital improvement projects ahead of the 2020-21 school year, according to a presentation at the Sept. 22 board meeting.

Chief Operations Officer Jeremy Trimble said 2020 marked the district’s busiest summer to date for bond projects, which totaled about $35 million. Funds were approved by more than 80% of voters in the $80 million 2019 bond vote.

Completed projects included artificial turf and track replacements at Hill Country and West Ridge middle schools, which totaled about $1,188,000, according to district information. Other campus renovations included light upgrades at Westlake High School’s Performing Arts Center, security upgrades at Chap Court and several smaller projects.

Included in the list of projects was a Sept. 1 groundbreaking for a $10.3 million aquatic center, a $2.3 million wresting facility and a renovation of the district’s existing robotics center totaling $2.91 million.

The three facility upgrades are about a month behind schedule, according to Trimble, who said despite the complications the completion date is still set for July 31, 2021. All three facilities should be fully operational by the 2021-22 school year, according to EISD.