Work is moving along at Calallen Middle School to give the building's gym a new look, while the district's other bond projects continue moving at a fast pace.

Contractors are currently at work on a retrofit project at the middle school, which is involving a fresh coat of paint to the facility's ceiling and the installation of new flooring.

The district had awarded contracts to Alpha Building Corp. and Vector Concepts earlier this month in the amounts $48,176 and $63,969, respectively, for the work at the middle school's gym.

Also being done at the middle school is the addition of a new sixth-grade wing, new computer and science labs, refurbishing of the track and retrofitting the office area. The end result, said superintendent Arturo Almendarez, is that the district is better able to serve its students.

"It's going to mean that all of the sixth graders will be in a new wing and will have modern labs and state-of-the-art technology for a lot of our kids at the middle school to work on," Almendarez said.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with other projects around the district moving along towards a tentative total completion date in 2010. They are all part of the district's $43 million bond election, which was approved by voters in 2007.

Work is underway on the new Magee Intermediate School, as well as additions to East Primary School, and the new agricultural science facility and football stadium renovations at Calallen High School. Plans for the new technology center at the high school are also currently in the design phase.

The last projects that will be worked on are the fitness center and aquatic center, school officials have said, due to the need for additional land and easement issues.

Almendarez said he hopes the work being done now goes towards moving the district forward in the years to come.

"Every bit of it is going to help our students and their teachers," Almendarez said.