Huntsville Independent School District trustees took one more step forward in the $13 million construction/renovation project taking place at the high school campus this year, approving the plans for several of the projects during a special meeting Monday.

Due to conflicting plans being provided to the board in the past few months, trustees requested Monday’s meeting in order to consult with architects and view more finalized plans and figures before moving forward.

After viewing plans from PBK Architects in Houston, trustees OK’d the following projects:

• Science classroom renovations – Lab/classroom combination 1,400 square foot rooms.

• Construction of a 20,000 square foot Career and Technology Education Building.

• Construction of an athletic field house for boys/girls tennis and soccer, and wrestling.

• Construction of a new band hall.

• Renovation of the old band hall for special education/life skills classes.

• Renovation and relocation of the culinary arts facility.

• Front entry renovation with added safety/security provisions.

• General roof repairs.

• Installation of a new building intercom system.

• New foreign language lab.

According to HISD Superintendent Dr. Richard Montgomery, the next step in the process is the solicitation of competitive proposals for the work by the construction manager,  Brae Burn Construction Company.

“The construction manager will then bring a Guaranteed Maximum Price on all projects to the board for approval on Sept. 30, 2010,” Montgomery said. “Following that approval, construction will begin in October.”

The $13 million construction and renovation project is funded by the receipt of $7.8 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The remaining funds for the project — approximately $6 million — has been taken from the district’s fund balance (or savings fund).