Drafting students draw up plans for LISD bus barn

Ebony Tatmon, Panther Growls staff member

Lufkin ISD Transportation Department employees needed a fire escape route for their bus barn but couldn’t develop it until they got a blueprint for the building. Three Lufkin High School drafting students have drawn one for them.

A’aron Alvarez, Damian Luna and Jaclyn Dickerson show the blueprint they developed for the Lufkin ISD Transportation Department’s bus barn.

A’aron Alvarez, Jaclyn Dickerson and Damian Luna — students in Robert Foley’s Drafting II class — took about a month and a half to complete the blueprint. They started by measuring everything at the bus barn to put into scale.

It was the students’ first major drafting project for a business, but they said it wasn’t too stressful. They said they had fun working on the project.

“It was pretty chill,” Alvarez said.

The students have their own reasons for getting into drafting.

“When we came to tour this class in middle school, I became interested,” Dickerson said. “I told my dad about it and found out that he was in it. I thought that was pretty cool and decided to join, too.”

Alvarez said, “I’ve always liked building stuff, so I got into it after doing research and I ended up liking it.”

Luna said he was interested in becoming an architect.

The students’ blueprint is scheduled to be presented to the bus barn on Monday.

“It’d be pretty cool if it gets accepted,” Alvarez said. “I mean, we worked pretty hard on it.”