Mesquite city and school officials braved the imminent storm Monday morning for the groundbreaking of Mesquite ISD’s new middle school, Lanny Frasier Middle School. The name was officially decided on at the April 10 school board meeting.
The school is being built on land close to Memorial Stadium, across the street from West Mesquite High School where Frasier began his 41-year career with MISD.
Prior to the ceremony, music was provided by the WMSH choir, present were MISD Superintendent Dr. David Vroonland, Councilman Bruce Archer, WRA Architects architect Tony Apel, president and CEO of Pogue Construction Benjamin Pogue, and School Board President Robert Seward, along with Frasier’s family, friends and colleagues.
“What a wonderful day it is that we get to be a part of something so special. Something much bigger than all of us, and God willing, will endure long after we are gone,” Archer said. “Today we not only provide charge to a new school that not only will house the souls of many children in the coming years and help determine their future and their destiny, but we also honor the great educator and the good man in which this school is named after.”
School Board President Robert Seward presented Frasier with a framed copy of the school portrayal created by WRA Architects.
“It still feels so surreal to me. I’m not sure my feet have touched the ground yet,” Frasier said. “I’m honored and humble, I can’t express that enough, and so grateful for so many people who have propped me up along the way.”
“Seems like just yesterday I started across the street, at West Mesquite School, so it’s kind of come full circle,” he added.
Frasier started his career as a teacher and coach at West Mesquite Junior High, then took his teaching/coaching role to Agnew Middle School in 1980, and started his administrative career at Vanston Middle School as the assistant principal then principal at Poteet High School.
Lanny Frasier Middle School is scheduled to open its doors in fall of 2018.
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The construction team working on the new Hollis T Dietz Elementary school in Crandall’s Heartland Community, have made tremendous progress over the holiday months at the end of 2016. The building’s foundation and floor slab have been completed, and the steel structure over all but one classroom wing is finished.
The three parking lots serving the building are in place, lacking only the connecting driveways. And the city streets fronting the school property, Sunnybrook Drive and Cassinia Parkway, are now paved and being used by the construction workers and for material delivery to the site.
Over half of the building is enclosed by the metal roof deck, and the roofing system is being placed on the tall gymnasium volume and the lower roof of the kitchen.
As workers up high continue with the installation of decking and roofing, workers below are constructing both the interior and exterior metal stud walls. The center section of the building, including the gymnasium, cafeteria, and kitchen, is the furthest along, and is already enclosed with the yellow sheathing that will provide the backing for the brick and stone veneer that will clad the building.
The northern classroom wing is the furthest from completion, but will rapidly match the rest of the building’s progress. The major components of the steel frame are all in place, soon to be followed by the roof joists and decking.
Right now, only steel columns and plumbing penetrations in the floor can be seen in the wide open space of the classroom wing. In a short time, however, the individual classrooms and the two parallel corridors that fill this area will take shape as the erection of metal wall framing continues.
Soon the building will be dried in, with the roof complete and exterior walls in place. Then the focus of activity will be on the exterior masonry walls and the finish of the interior spaces.
WRA Architects and Gallagher Construction share the excitement of Crandall Independent School District, and the residents of the Heartland Community, as the new Hollis T. Dietz Elementary School moves ever closer to completion.