The Robstown Independent School District voted to release final payment on the construction of Seale Junior High School Monday, bringing to end a four-year process to complete the new school.

The board heard a presentation from Raymond Gignac, the district's architect, Monday, in which Gignac said work on the school had been completed.

The district had been holding a retainer of more than $680,000 owed to the contractor, Azteca Enterprises Inc., until the construction was completed.

That retainer was released by the board in Monday's meeting.

Construction began on the $14 million school in 2005 by Azteca Enterprises, Inc., and students were finally allowed to use the new facility in the summer of 2008. Since that time, however, the district has been working with the contractor to resolve a number of issues with the construction.

In March, Tapia asked an outside consulting firm to take an informal walk-through of the facility and suggested that legal action may need to be taken against Azteca.

During a March 16 walk-through, Tapia said unresolved issues included flooding in the new gym, cracks along walls, broken tiles and an unfinished wood shop, among others.

On Monday, Tapia said he was satisfied all of those concerns had been addressed.

"I haven't been out there recently, but we're going by what Mr. (Interim-Superintendent Roel) Lara and Jessie Cortez, our maintenance director say. And they say it's ready," Tapia said. "(The issues) have been resolved. They acted quickly. All they needed was a little shove."

Also in Monday's meeting, the board selected Ewing Construction to be the contractor for the construction of three new science labs at Robstown High School. The science labs are being funded through a $1.35 million grant received by the district.