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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After years of reported problems at South Oak Cliff High School, late last night the DISD board approved major upgrades.

Parents and students are proud to witness the positive change that is taking place at South Oak Cliff high, even if it takes a few years.

“I went to this school back in ’87… and we was having problems with it then,” says parent Willie Sharp.

The vote to spend $52 million on the school passed six to three. The money is part of the first phase of the $1.6-billion bond issue that passed last fall. DISD says the current bond issue is just a drop in the bucket compared to the more than $4-billion in needs, still waiting to be addressed.

The $52 million being spent, will pay for things like a new roof, repair plumbing and HVAC issues, along with expansion of the gym and cafeteria and better parking.

“We worked so hard since the year 2015 to finally get seen by the school board, and actually get what we deserve and what we’ve been asking for for years,” reacts Kayla Washington a senior at South Oak Cliff.

Following many of the public issues such as lead in the water fountains and termites in the nurse’s office, parents like Willie Sharp approve. “They can stop focusing on the water dripping or the buckets everywhere and get more into their lesson and what they need to do. It’s time… it’s past time.”

The community is excited to witness the renovation and DISD says it could all begin in about a year.

There are a lot of other schools still in need and DISD says other schools are now taking notice of the community advocacy that played a key role in the increased funding for South Oak Cliff.

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