Administrators, members of the Board of Trustees, students and parents at the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District gathered to celebrate the district’s newest facility.
“Our students deserve the best, and this is another example of the very best,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Arturo Cavazos. “We celebrate this beautiful facility, and we look for great things to come from our students, who are the benefactors of this state-of-the-art project center.”
The district’s Agricultural Project Center hosted its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Oct. 29. Located on 23146 Hand Rd., the facility will now be home to the district’s FFA organizations and allow students more opportunities to raise livestock
“It’s exciting to have the new project center,” said Caitlyn Smith, Harlingen High School South sophomore and campus FFA President. “We’ve been looking forward to moving the animals in, and it will definitely help us this year to get our animals show ready.
With the capacity to hold a total of 135 animals, the facility has 10 large animal pens for cattle, 5 large poultry pens for chicken and turkeys and 120 multi-purpose pens for lambs, goats and pigs.
“This is enormous for our students,” said Jacque Stevens, lead agriculture teacher at Harlingen High School. “Now, our students can see the difference in the quality of the animal. They can focus on working with the animal to it socialized and show ready.”
The building is part of the voter approved 2010 $98.6 million bond.
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