Cranes and tractors are now as common as laptops and smartboards in some EPISD schools as construction in many Bond 2016 projects kicked off in earnest throughout the District.
Since October, the District has broken ground on major construction projects at El Paso and Andress high schools, as well as the new consolidated campuses of Torres Elementary School and Don Haskins PreK-8 School.
These four projects alone constitute about $116 million in public investment in the modernization of EPISD. That means that thanks to the support of the taxpayers of the District, EPISD students will be able to enjoy 21st-century instructional facilities designed to help them be successful in the modern global economy.
“This is an exciting time in EPISD,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “We are now seeing the preparation and our hard work starting to pay off in the form of construction. Very soon, our students will enjoy the fruits of the investment made by our community in 2016.”
The work at these schools includes:
El Paso High: New fine arts building, upgrades to the historical building and athletic improvements to include new tennis courts.
Andress High: New fine arts auditorium with 500-seat theater, classrooms and practice rooms; new field house with modern equipment and office space; upgrades to the public student quad; and upgrades to the HVAC system.
Torres Elementary: New building with classrooms, offices, library and multipurpose room for consolidation of Bradley and Fannin elementary schools; major renovations to existing instructional facilities at the Bradley site.
Haskins PreK-8: New building additions with classrooms, fine-arts spaces, library and gym for the consolidation of Lincoln Middle with Roberts and Bond elementary schools; major renovation to existing Lincoln classrooms.
EPISD will break ground on three other major construction projects this spring. Work at Austin High School, Irvin High School and the new Bobby Joe Hill PreK-8 School (the consolidation of Terrace Hills Middle and Collins Elementary) is expected to start in March.
Bond 2016 Work continues at Crockett Elementary School, where major renovations include the modernization of the building that will give students updated learning facilities but respect the historic aspects of the building.
Other bond funds have been used to complete athletic upgrades throughout the District, install new playgrounds at elementary schools in all parts of EPISD and distribute nearly 10,000 Apple laptops to students in middle and high schools.
For more information about Bond 2016, visit episd.org/episdbond2016.