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Tyler ISD board members received an update this week on the ongoing construction of the new Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High School campuses with 360-degree aerial views from drones.

Board members heard the update Monday during their regular monthly meeting.

At John Tyler, students already have taken advantage of a new gymnasium and will move into the new multistory academic wing in January after winter break.

Once students transition to the new portion of the campus, crews will begin a full renovation of the current campus. The 1,000-seat performing arts center is also taking shape and the new facility portions are beginning to connect to the portion of the current facility that will be renovated.

At Lee, the new three-story academic building is starting to look complete from the outside, with the single-story wings connecting to the current Fine Arts Center around to the field house. Because most of the new Lee campus will be new construction, students will not move into those portions at the same time as John Tyler. The academic portion is set to be complete next August.

Board Vice President the Rev. Orenthia Mason thanked Director of Facilities Tim Loper for giving her and board member Dr. Patricia Nation a tour of the facilities.

Loper said the projects are running on time and within budget.

“I’m just so excited that our kids are getting to have these buildings,” board President Wade Washmon said.

The board also approved a $5,000 donation from Hall Buick GMC for the Tyler ISD communications department to sponsor the Gary Mooring Award, which is awarded each year at the district’s convocation.

Supervisor of Maintenance Robert Grant was this year’s recipient.

Gary Brown, director of college and career, gave an update on Advanced Placement results for the previous school year. The district ended the year with 111 AP scholars, a number that has gone up year over year since 2015’s 50 AP scholars.

The district also added AP European history with three full sections at John Tyler and AP seminar at Lee with two full sections.

The board also voted to accept the mediation agreement between the district and a former employee, Jerri Ward. The lawsuit centered on alleged discrimination after the former Hogg Middle School teacher was fired. The district said she was not meeting performance goals.

The suit was settled via mediation, and details are confidential until the agreement is finalized.


Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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