The Commerce Journal

Local News

January 5, 2013

Examining a year in education

COMMERCE — From the university getting a new nursing program, to the Commerce ISD superintendent standing up for school equity and better testing rules, Commerce schools had many new developments in the 2012 year.


The Commerce ISD Board of Trustees approved a bid to construct the Agricultural Learning Center for $39,250.

Currently Commerce is the only school district in Hunt County to not have an Agricultural Learning Center.

“We are getting nothing but excitement from students and parents,” Richard Meeks, agriculture science teacher and FFA advisor said. “We’re looking at a facility that will serve several purposes for our students.”

The building will be 70 by 75 feet, will house small livestock on the South side and large animals on the North, and is scheduled to be completed in January.


The Commerce School Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Jackson Construction as construction manager agent for the drainage work at Commerce High School. Commerce ISD Superintendant Blake Cooper said the company will oversee the construction.

“Jackson Construction will oversee the work that will be done,” Cooper said. “But all the work will be done through local bids. They won’t take any work from our local companies.”

Cooper said the high school has had a history of drainage issues and this contract will go toward fixing that problem.

“The water isn’t getting away from the building,” he said. “We have little rivers of water underneath the school.”

Cooper cautioned that the company’s proposal is the first step of potentially two.

“This will not guarantee that it will fix the problem,” he said. “But this step has to be taken either way. But Jackson Construction feels that this might remedy the problem without having to do more expensive work.”

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