Construction continues

Construction continues on the new Bobby Summers Middle School. The Royse City ISD facility is being built in Fate.

The architects helping build the new Bobby Summers Middle School gave an update on the project this week.

VLK Architects Inc. showed off photos of the construction of the school, underway at 2050 CD Boren Parkway in Fate. The two-story school will have a media center at its heart.

The school is named after longtime Royse City ISD board member Bobby Summers and was one of two campuses to receive new names.

Trustees approved the namesakes of the district’s two middle schools in November 2018. The district’s existing middle school at 1310 Highway 66, which also underwent renovations, was named after Ouida Baley, who dedicated 33 years as an educator in the district before her passing in February 2014.

Work on both middle schools was made possible through a $60 million bond passed by voters in May 2018. More than 79 percent of local voters approved the bond.

To name the two schools, the district formed a community committee and circulated a survey to hear public opinion on what the campuses should be named. More than 260 people responded to the online survey, with 65 percent of those respondents choosing the two names. Both middle schools will keep the “Bulldog” as their mascots.

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