Plano ISD's Williams High School may see multi-million dollar renovations in coming years

Members of the Plano ISD board of trustees and those present at the work session were given a tour of Williams High School, where recent renovations and points of interest for future renovations were pointed out.

Members of the Plano ISD board of trustees and those present at the work session were given a tour of Williams High School, where recent renovations and points of interest for future renovations were pointed out.

The Plano ISD board of trustees encouraged further research to help them decide what renovations to do at Williams High School.

At a work session Sept. 17, the board discussed the results of a campus assessment by PBK, an architectural and engineering design solutions company. A tour earlier in the day by the board highlighted some recent updates at Williams as well as portions of the building that were tagged for possible changes.

The school has been upgraded in a number of ways over the last 18 years, including new roofing, artificial turf at the school’s stadium and an in-progress HVAC replacement.

“It’s at what point do we decide this is the way we are going and use the $5 to $7 million in the bond or completely put it off and decide if this is an issue for a future bond,” said Randy McDowell, the district's chief financial officer.

A possible renovation plan for Williams would use the $5 million to $7 million remaining in the 2016 bond to move the entrance of the building to what is now the back of the building. The administration would then move to the new entrance location and the parking lot would be adjusted to enhance drop-off systems. The bus loading would move to the current front of the building, off of 17th Street.

Another proposal would require renovating large portions of the school, including the cafeteria, kitchen and academic areas. This proposal would also simplify circulation and refresh interior finishes. This would likely require inclusion in a future bond.

A third option would be to construct a new building, either where Williams stands now or at a new location.

“I’m leaning towards let’s move forward, have a little bit more detailed plan, and really nail down the cost,” board secretary Jeri Chambers said. “Then report back to us, and we can be more informed about what we are voting for.”

Board members encouraged PBK and district staff to prepare more detailed costs and timelines for each option. The item will likely resurface at a work session or board meeting in November.
SHARE THIS STORY
By Liesbeth Powers

Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano, including education and transportation.


MOST RECENT

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic. (Screenshot courtesy FOX 4 News)
Dallas County reports its 10th COVID-19 death, emergence of clustering in senior communities

On March 29, Dallas County reported 49 additional positive cases COVID-19 cases, bringing the total case count to 488.

City Manager Dan Johnson spoke on the shelter in place order at the March 23 meeting. (Courtesy Citizen Information Television)
Residents react to Richardson's shelter in place order

The city's shelter-in-place order expires April 30.

Pet adoptions are up so far in March, the local animal shelter reports. (Courtesy city of Richardson)
Richardson Animal Shelter reports increase in adoptions amid coronavirus

Pet surrenders have declined, the shelter reports.

The longtime, family-owned business sells baking and decorating supplies. (Courtesy Cake Carousel)
Sales nosedive at Cake Carousel in Richardson underscores impact of coronavirus on retail industry

The longtime, family-owned business has pivoted to offering cookie-decorating kits for customers to use at home.

Collin County Judge Chris Hill announced a stay-at-home order March 24 to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATED: How DFW entities are addressing shelter-in-place status

Many entities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex have issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

While the agency is still tallying the number of unemployment insurance claims filed thus far in March, in the week prior to March 25, at least 150,000 claims had been filed. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.

Source: Small Business Administration/Community Impact Newspaper
How North Texas small businesses can apply for economic disaster loans

For small business owners seeking disaster loans during the coronavirus pandemic, local financial aid organizers have one clear message: apply immediately.

UT Dallas donates thousands of gloves, masks to Parkland Memorial Hospital

The engineering department is looking into the possibility of building ventilators, according to a university official.

The Legacy Willow Bend staff members wear their homemade masks. (Courtesy The Legacy Willow Bend)
How businesses, community members are stepping up across the metroplex

Across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, businesses and community members are stepping up to support health care professionals and high-risk individuals in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Efforts to help people in need have been created or have adjusted to continue helping in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. (Courtesy North Texas Cares, Joseph Haubert)
How to help: A list of efforts to assist those in need in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

As businesses, nonprofits and community members feel the weight of new coronavirus pandemic, efforts to help people in need have been created or have adjusted to continue helping during this time.

Deputy Nick Noel, Sheriff Jim Skinner, Sgt. Jessica Pond and Asst. Chief Anthony Carter of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office show off the hospital-grade disinfectant they received as part of the Facebook group created by The Cleaning Force. (Courtesy Collin County Sheriff’s Office)
Facebook group offering free disinfectant to Collin County first responders

The Cleaning Force started a private Facebook group for area first responders that allows them access to the professional cleaning service’s disinfectant.

Back to top