Brownsville, TX – A large charter school with a strong record of accomplishment has achieved an exceptionally low 20:1 student-teacher ratio and a dropout rate averaging a mere 1.4%. As one of the first 20 charter schools approved in 1996 to operate in the state of Texas, they continue to tackle expanding enrollment in four campuses located in Houston and Brownsville, Texas.
After Mobile Modular successfully supplied 1,536 sq. ft. of portable classroom space to its Brownsville elementary school location in 2010, this growing charter school contacted us again in July 2011 for additional Brownsville space needs for the upcoming school year. As the fastest-growing segment, the elementary school was expecting a 20% enrollment increase and required two more double classrooms to be located in limited available space.
With the new school year starting in August, time was tight and the right products would have to be identified, prepared, delivered and installed quickly for student and faculty placement. Compounding the challenge, the Brownsville school location is 500 miles from Mobile Modular’s Houston delivery facility, requiring special care in transport and additional permit concerns for towing the buildings.
After evaluating the school’s needs, Mobile Modular recommended our standard 32' x 64' double classroom product. These units, each providing dual 24' x 32' classrooms divided by an interior partition, would offer the flexibility, manufacture quality and ease of installation that the school needed to accommodate new enrollment and keep its building budgets under control.
Our first successful 2010 project in Brownsville had prepared the Mobile Modular team for the challenges involved in transporting large modular classrooms over the 500 miles from Houston to the existing school site. After obtaining the necessary municipal permits in Brownsville to tow the buildings through the city, special precautions were taken to route the trip and secure the units on flatbed trucks, ensuring safe arrival and timely installation with only very minor necessary repairs.
Finally, it was determined that the school qualified for Mobile Modular’s new Charter Starter program, affording them a $1,000 credit towards their lease and installation costs. With no further upgrades or customizations required, the classrooms were installed in time for the start of the school year – attractive buildings that fit existing educational requirements and bottom-line budget needs.