Orange Grove Independent School District Board members received a first hand look at recently completed campus construction during a board meeting Monday evening.

Orange Grove High School, Orange Grove Junior High and Orange Grove Primary each received additional classroom spaces and other renovations as part of the $6.5 million 2007 OGISD Bond Improvement Plan.

The north end of OGHS received 10 additional classrooms and two science labs for the students to utilize. The construction also paved the way for a new Life Skills classroom for students with special needs.

The Primary campus added an additional wing with construction, which allows for additional space, and room for another preschool class, which board members approved adding for this fall. OGJH also received additional classroom spaces as part of construction as well as re-roofing. The total construction took a little more than one year to complete.

Two students were also recognized by OGISD Board members on Monday for their efforts in passing the TAKS test and receiving their diploma. Ivan Galvan and Hector Lopez Jr. passed all their classes during their senior year, but still needed to pass the TAKS test in order to graduate. Undaunted, the two men continued preparing over the summer, and in the fall of 2009, completed all portions of their TAKS tests. Orange Grove High School Principal Tommy Moses led a small graduation ceremony for the two students, signifying that they are now official graduates of the OGHS Class of 2009.

“Family and friends, we’re so glad to have you here tonight to help honor these two young men. We know you are as proud as we are of their accomplishments,” OGISD Superintendent Lynn Burton said. “Thank you for all your support in helping them get this far in life, and I know that support will continue for the rest of their years.”

January is also School Board Appreciation Month. Along with baskets filled with goodies and certificates of appreciation for the years of service each trustee has given to the board, the group was also honored with a lunch and a breakfast in their honor, thanks to the students and staff at Orange Grove Intermediate School and Orange Grove Primary.

At the end of the meeting, the board went into closed session to conduct the superintendent evaluation. Board members came back to report favorable evaluation results for Burton’s first six months on the job. During the February board meeting, the trustees will vote on an action item to extend the superintendent’s three year contract to an additional year, which would run through the end of 2013.