At the monthly school board meeting, Claycomb Associates — the architectural company building the new Judith Harlow Elementary School in Anna — presented the board with construction updates. The representative that gave the presentation said that the school is almost near completion.

Company representatives said the structural steel and decking, or the frame for the rest of the building, is almost complete. The roofing is also more than 80 percent finished. What this means for Anna residents is the shape of the building is taking place, and is visible by simply driving by the location of the new school. The bricks have begun to be placed around the building and is approximately 40 percent complete.

The inside construction is coming along quite nicely, Claycomb Associates representatives said. The interior stud framing has started and is almost completely finished. The dry wall, tape and bed finishing and door frames is almost halfway complete.

Mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems are being installed. More items to finish the building will take place in the coming months, as the building begins to take shape. Claycomb said the front entrance is almost complete, and should be finished in two or three weeks.

The air conditioning units were installed on Saturday, July 22. The translucent panels for the see-through walls are expected to arrive at the school in August.

Superintendent Pete Slaughter said the school board plans on touring the school in early August.

After filling the school board in on the progress of Harlow Elementary, a Claycomb representative updated the school board on the progress of Anna Middle School. Approximately 90 percent of the punch list — a list of projects needed to be done at the end of a construction job — is complete.

All utilities are complete, except for the fiber optics cable, and the landscaping is left to be finished.

The school board also voted and set the meeting on Aug. 17 to conduct a public hearing and adopt the 2017-2018 budget and tax rate.