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Renovations to old A.C. Williams in the works


COMMERCE – The Commerce ISD is in the process of renovating the old A.C. Williams Elementary School to house offices for central administration, Tri County Shared Services, food service and facilities for the Boys & Girls Club.

Crews are hoping to complete the project this summer.

Costs to the district should be minimal, as the work is being done in-house and money from the project is coming from left over bond dollars of the new A.C. Williams Elementary School on Culver Street.

Central offices will be localted in the old 3rd grade wing of the school, with the 4th grade wing to house the Tri County Co-Op. The annex will be used for technology and food service.

Superintendent Blake Cooper says improvements are also planned this summer for the high school and middle school gym's bleachers. He credits the district's facilities committee's efforts in prioritizing projects spending money properly.

"We've got a lot of around the district we're trying to take care of and be frugal with our money," Cooper said. "That's what's been good about the committee because it's not just me making the decision. We've got input from several different people from the community and schools."

Approximately $200,000 was left over from the A.C. Williams bond package. The price for the old A.C. Williams renovations, according to Cooper, is about $70,000.

The new A.C. Williams Elementary School opened for the 2009-2010 school year and houses third-fifth grade students.