Newman Smith High School will soon have improvements made to the building’s exterior.
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Board of Trustees recently approved a contract with W.B. Kibler Construction to make the improvements.
Tonya Tillman, associate superintendent for business services, said the goals of the project include giving the school a more visual presence on Josey Lane, a more contemporary look and a more open/welcoming feel.
“As we worked with our Citizens Advisory Committee, one of the things that came out on a relatively frequent basis is the exterior curb appeal of our campuses and addressing those things they felt like were important," Tillman said.
Tillman said Newman Smith was put on the top of the list for improvements due to the recent charter schools on the rise, including one across the street from the high school.
As part of the project, the school’s metal hip roofs will be removed, and trees obscuring the entrance will either be thinned out or removed completely. New monument signs will be added, a new canopy will be added to the main entrance and new screening walls and canopies will be added at secondary entrances.
The entire project is expected to cost $956,145. The work schedule is yet to be determined, but officials said the project is expected to be complete before Aug. 16