The oldest campus of Round Rock ISD, CD Fulkes Middle School, will undergo a complete renovation, converting the dated school with its patchwork of additions over the decades, into a new, state-of-the-art facility.
At its regular monthly board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved funding for the project. Through Bond 2018 revenue, the $49.5 million project will be financed. CD Fulkes was listed as a priority by the Citizens Bond Committee when developing capital project recommendations for the 2018 Bond package.
Classrooms are too small to comply with current Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines or to accommodate a regular class on the current campus; narrow halls and stairs; noisy, aged air conditioners inside classrooms; outdated site planning that limits students flow and raises safety concerns; old facilities and technology; a small cafeteria; and aging underlying infrastructure.
The oldest structure that is part of the present facility of CD Fulkes dates from 1939, with a patchwork of additions occurring at least eight times over the intervening eight decades, beginning in 1941.
The new school will be constructed on what is now the football field, allowing students to remain in the current building on campus while construction is underway. The new facility is a multi-story design with spacious, modern learning environments on par with newer middle schools across the District. The original historic auditorium in the old building will be preserved for subsequent renovations and improvements. Site improvements will include a new 400-meter track surrounding a new artificial turf field. The project also includes a new bus path, parent parking and car-line upgrades.
“I expect the District to break ground on the project later this spring”, Round Rock ISD’s Chief Operations Officer Terry Worcester said.