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Birdville ISD skates to new ag facility in Haltom CityBirdville ISD skates to new ag facility in Haltom Cityhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=49302014-02-17T10:14:00Z2014-02-17T00:00:00Z

HALTOM CITY - Birdville ISD has purchased the 22,816-sf building on a 1.5-acre site at 2920 Carson St. for $400,000. The school district has already begun renovations on the former roller skating rink in an effort to convert it into an agricultural facility.

Birdville will spend an estimated $600,000 in three phases to provide a place for animal science students to raise animals.

The first phase includes creating space to house 75 animals, including cattle, goats, lambs, pigs, poultry, and rabbits. It will also include feed storage, electrical upgrades, and security measures.

The facility will allow rapidly growing animal science and Future Farmers of America programs in the district to enhance their curriculum and opportunities.

New graduation requirements

Under House Bill 5, which became law last June, students can have more career path choices, but they can also earn “endorsements” in science, math, engineering and technology. Animal science is considered as one of the certified courses, just like biology or chemistry.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
Education
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