"It felt good to be out there on our home turf," said Solomon, 17, about performing Friday with the high school band in the stadium, which closed because of damages caused by Hurricane Harvey. "We have our cafeteria back, we have our gym back and we have our stadium back. It feels good to be back."
Since the hurricane 13 months ago, the district has almost fully recovered from the damage.
The newly renovated facilities are all-around better, said Jenny, 16, which carried over into the school year.
The school year after Harvey feels different, said senior
"It feels good," said Adrian, 18, about making his last memories as a high school student at his campus. "I can't believe it's happening."
The district will recoup a majority of the funds through insurance and is waiting for
A tax increase was not part of the recovery plan because of how the community was affected by the disaster, she said.
District officials planned for natural disasters during the rebuilding process by adding sealed doors in case of flooding and adjusting the air conditioning units that blew off during Harvey.
"Everything we could make heavier, we did," Brasfield said.
The district is in the process of fixing the roof on the band hall and the agriculture building using a grant it received from the
Despite the work to come, students remain excited about starting the school year at their campus.
"It feels good to be home," said Mallorie.
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