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The Spectacle

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Parent newsletter
May 2010

Halfway To A New Campus

By Bill Daugherty Superintendent

So much construction has been going on for so long at TSBVI that we are all like kids in the back seat on a long road trip—Are we there yet? Big, beautiful new buildings have risen up all around us, but in reality we are just a little over halfway to our destination in 2012. Sometime in mid-July we are scheduled to move into the new Main Building and Recreation Center, with the Fine Arts Center, Cafeteria, Pool, and Outreach Building and Conference Center close behind.

This fall we begin work on building the new elementary school where the old one sits, and also on the Career Education and Transition Building where Dorms D, E and F now stand. These will be followed by a new Gymnasium and a warehouse/operations building. Our last step is to complete the landscaping plan and then build perimeter fencing that we are designing to be both welcoming and secure.

The lighting around our four newest dorms near the Sunshine gate entrance is amazing at night, making it a very safe and appealing environment. By the time we are finished, this level of lighting will be the norm everywhere. Security cameras will be strategically placed around the campus and we will all feel much more comfortable about students walking around at night with greater levels of independence.

We ask for your patience with the inevitable disruptions this historic move will almost certainly entail. When it's all done it will be well worth the wait, because this will be the finest campus for students who are blind or visually impaired in the world. What we will have are facilities that will support and enhance the work of our outstanding faculty and staff. We look forward to celebrating with you this great investment the citizens of Texas have decided to make in the future of students who are blind or visually impaired.