McClung Middle School

Fort Worth spending $81 million to renovate pair of middle schools

January 5, 2024

Construction is expected to get underway in 2024 on one of two middle school renovation projects voters approved as part of a 2021 bond package.

Work on Jean McClung Middle School includes interior renovations and adding a secured front entry vestibule. Other additions to the school in Fort Worth’s Handley neighborhood include new Special Education and Visual Arts classrooms. The $28.7 million project is currently in the design phase, with construction expected to begin in the third quarter of this year.  

Voters also approved renovations to William James Middle School in the city’s El Poly Pyramid neighborhood. Plans include new separate rooms for band, orchestra and choir, plus new science labs. Other additions include a secured front entry vestibule and a new weight room at the auxiliary gym.

Major interior renovations are also planned for the school’s common areas, media center, cafeteria and roof. The project will also include improvements to the school’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, plus technology and security upgrades and removing portables.

The $52.9 million project is also in the design phase, but no construction date has been set.

The 2021 bond package will provide $1.2 billion for 27 projects, with a particular focus on renovating and modernizing the district’s aging middle schools.  

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Photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Independent School District

Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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