New music wing nears completion at McNeil High School

McNeil High School's new music wing is expected to be ready for use when school resumes in January, according to Principal Amanda Johnson. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)
McNeil High School's new music wing is expected to be ready for use when school resumes in January, according to Principal Amanda Johnson. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

McNeil High School's new music wing is expected to be ready for use when school resumes in January, according to Principal Amanda Johnson. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

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McNeil High School's music wing includes a percussion hall. (Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD)
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Johnson described new practice rooms as "state-of-the-art" in a Dec. 18 email. "These rooms will offer realistic acoustical simulations allowing the students to practice in a broad range of performance environments, ranging from a small recital hall to a cathedral as well as having the capability to record and playback instantaneously," she said. (Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD)
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An orchestra hall is part of the new music wing. (Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Construction of a new music wing at McNeil High School is nearly finished, according to a Dec. 18 email from Principal Amanda Johnson. The project includes updated technology, acoustically tuned practice rooms and halls for choir, orchestra, band and percussion.

“Our goal is to have the music wing ready for students and teachers to use when we return from winter break,” Johnson said in the email.


Final work on the music wing planned to take place over the district’s winter break includes a fire marshal inspection, to be followed by moving music equipment and classroom furniture into the new spaces, Johnson said.

Construction at McNeil High School has faced a series of unexpected setbacks. The discovery of caves underneath the site, which are home to a protected invertebrate species; permitting issues; and the addition of unplanned utility and site work have all contributed to the years-long project being more than $14 million over the original $28 million budget, a June 2018 audit found.

Additional, future upgrades to McNeil High School include a black box theater, an additional science wing, cafeteria improvements and classrooms for Career and Technical Education and Health Science. A handful of these upcoming projects are expected to begin in summer 2020, including locker room renovations and improvements to athletic fields and facilities, Johnson said in the Dec. 18 email.
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By Taylor Jackson Buchanan

Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.


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