Some big changes are in the works for more than 20 San Antonio Independent School District schools.
A major construction project officially kicked off Tuesday morning at Cameron Elementary, which is the first of many project to come throughout the district.
A total of 22 schools throughout the district will receive major upgrades and renovations over the next few years.
Cameron Elementary Principal Pamela Walls-Tankerson said she was excited about the changes ahead.
The 65-year-old school was shut down over the summer and classes were moved to another campus to make way for a $12.3 million renovation project. It's part of a $515 million bond program approved by voters in November 2010.
"Many of our facilities are over 100 years old," said James Howard, SAISD District 2 trustee. "It's time we bring these buildings up to the 21st Century to give our children an opportunity to compete against the global world of technology, upgrade our technology and bring the buildings up to code."
Under the plan, Cameron Elementary will be made 60 percent bigger -- from 56,200 square feet to approximately 75,000 square feet.
A new, two-story building will be constructed, a new modern entrance will be added to the existing building, portable buildings will be removed and there will be numerous technological upgrades.
"I'm excited about the new technology, the beautiful larger classrooms with more space, the mall area that we're going to enjoy," said Walls- Tankerson. "We were badly in need of a new school."