Renovations and updates at Marshall High School are moving along and still on track for completion before the start of the 2018-19 school year, which begins Aug. 27, Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said on Monday.

“We are moving as fast as we can and everything is on schedule,” Gibson said of the more than $7 million in renovations and updates going on at the high school this summer.

The total high school renovation project comes in at about $6.3 million and includes the science labs which will be up to Texas Education Agency (TEA) code, six sets (both boys’ and girls’) restroom renovations that will be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant and security upgrades, including a secure entry vestibule to the front entrance of the school building and updated girls’ locker rooms in compliance with Title IX requirements.

While the high school work is set to be complete before the first day of school in August, Gibson said the science labs were demolished down to the studs due to workers finding mold.

“The mold remediation is complete as of Saturday,” Gibson said on Monday. “It did not set our completion date back any.”

Workers from Winn Tile Company were preparing floors in the high school administration offices for new tile on Monday.

The offices were renovated in order to make room for the new secure vestibule that visitors to the campus will now be required to enter through before being buzzed into the building.

The district will use the about $2.5 million left over from the 2015 bond savings and pull the remaining $3.8 million needed for the project from the district’s general fund.

The old press box at Maverick stadium is now gone and work to build the new one will begin, Gibson said.

The general contractor for the Marshall High School renovation project, Transet Co., submitted a bid of about $1.2 million to complete the press box project, with Johnson & Pace serving as the architects.

The money for the renovated press box will come out of the district’s general fund.

The completed new press box is expected to be a two story wooden or steel built structure set to be ready by the first home game of the season against the Longview Lobos at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.

The current press box, which is the original when Maverick Stadium opened in 1980, was deemed structurally unsafe during an inspection earlier this spring.