Building a Barn

Klein ISD is building a brand-new agriculture building across from the campus. Though taking longer than expected, the wait is almost over for Oak’s Agriculture department.

The new project will give a home to dozens of livestock upon its completion and will facilitate student agriculture experiences. Expected to open in November, the building is anticipated by students who want to utilize its facilities as soon as possible.

“It’s going to be really nice”, said senior, Kortney Lyle. “There’s going to be water built in for the animals…and easier to clean as well.”

The $1.5 million project began when development plans were filed with the city of Houston back in February. The funds are sourced from a bond referendum of $498.1 million back in 2015. The new building saves a lot of student time and money. Current Klein Oak students have been driving much farther to one of two other facilities Klein already has to get to their animals as part of the agriculture program.

“We can just walk across the street to the barn to take care of the animals,” Said an Agriculture student, DeeDee Frank.

Features of the new building are extensive. 93 animal stalls, two animal washing areas, tractor storage, workrooms, and a poultry barn are part of some of the distinctions planned for the building.

“It’s gonna be a huge upgrade from what we have now,” said Frank. “I can’t wait to see what they build”.

The center is much needed for the 3,200 students currently involved with Klein ISD’s agriculture programs. The district already has two agri-science facilities, one located by Klein Forest High School and the other off Spring Cypress. With Klein Cain High School’s opening, an increased need for room has presented itself.

“It’s new, and it’s going to better for everybody,” said agriculture teacher, Mr. Williams. “For students and teachers both”.

The district is finishing up construction and should open up within the next two months. Until then, students and teachers wait and look forward to the opening up opportunities the agri-science center will provide.

“It’s definitely going to be a good positive,” said Williams.  “I’m just excited for it to get finished so we can get over there,”