Tyler, TX — Monday the Tyler ISD school board members heard an update on construction at both Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High School.

Community members have expressed concerns about the construction at John Tyler after all work seemed to halt. But did it really?

Director of Facility Services for the district, Tim Loper says it didn't.

"It looks like we're doing more at Robert E. Lee but actually they'll both finish at the same time," Loper said.

They've currently been working on bids for the building itself. Loper says those bids came in a little over two weeks ago.

"Now shop drawings, which means; this is how the steel will be built, this is how the rebar will be built," Loper explained.

Something that goes back to the engineers for approval before heading over to manufacturin.

"Basically where we'll be at here at the end of this month will be drilling piers and it's going to get real busy over at John Tyler," he said.

At Robert E. Lee high school the foundation has been going down.

"They've poured slabs for a lot of the three-story classroom wing, and they're hanging steel right now in the three-story classroom wing," he said.

Both projects are right on schedule.

"They're both tough projects and there will be traffic issues, they'll be sacrifices that have to be made during the remodel," Loper explained.

Both high schools should be in their new instructional wings in 2020 and everything should be completed by fall of 2021