O’Donnell ISD embarked on a facilities improvement plan that started with a PSC Facility Condition Assessment. Major deficiencies were found with their gymnasium, career and technology, and junior high classroom areas. Through the master-planning process, options were identified to address all three of these areas with new construction, primarily. PSC also helped the District pass the bond election that resulted, working collaboratively with Superintendent Ammonett to educate voters about the need for career and technology education, highlighting studies about the West Texas labor force needs.

As part of the bond information campaign, PSC worked with Specialized Public Finance and Vince Vialle to educate voters on how 313 agreements affect debt service valuations and operations and maintenance taxes. This exposure was key as the bond issue depended on a staggered sale and was more than a $.40 increase. Ultimately the bond passed overwhelmingly, and the career and technology facility was renovated and doubled in size. 

Perhaps the most visible project was construction of a new competition gymnasium. The new gym can accommodate a little more than 500 spectators. The seating is fixed with concrete risers that descend to a depth of 7 feet below ground. This sunken effect provides better visual access from the foyer area and the concourse that will exist around the arena’s perimeter. Spectators can enjoy refreshment while still in full view of the game.

A final highlight is creation of a student “CoLab” at the center of the existing school building. Dr. Amonett credits this space with helping the teachers and student attain all seven of TEA’s distinctions.

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