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Texas District Debuts New Agriculture Building

The Stafford Municipal School District in Stafford, Texas—part of the Houston metropolitan area—recently celebrated the opening of a new Agriculture Building. The 3,000-square-foot space cost a little over $1 million and has been in the works for more than five years, according to a news release. Students will begin using the new space this month.

Students from Stafford High School will use the space to keep and raise large farm animals. The facility consists of a concrete structure with a metal roof and includes amenities like a controlled entry access gate, security cameras, animal stalls with fans, a tack room, administrative space, parking and extended outdoor space for animals to feed. District students will show and compete with their animals at agricultural events like the Fort Bend County Fair and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

“Having a brand-new agricultural facility is very important to the students, parents and advisors,” said Victor Fleming, program manager for Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc., which oversaw the management of the project. “The new facility is great for the district’s agricultural science program and our community.  It will allow students the opportunity to apply skills and concepts they are learning in the classroom in a real-world setting.”

Once the space is up and running, elementary- and middle-school students will also visit to learn more about animal health and nutrition in a controlled environment.

“It’s a gift and reality to have an expanded and upgraded building. The previous facility had to be demolished to allow for a new access road, and this is truly a benefit for our students,” said SMSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic.

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