The Socorro Independent School District will celebrate the completion of its first Bond 2017 project, Cactus Trails Elementary School, and begin construction on 21 others this summer. The $448.5 million capital improvement program addresses the district’s accelerated growth and its maturing facilities.

The new elementary school will be completed in July and will open to welcome some 800 students in grades Pre-K through fifth at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Cactus Trails will have a design similar to Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary School, with an open-space concept and flexible, collaborative learning spaces.

The 21 projects that will roll out this summer are 16 elementary school auxiliary gyms, a new support service/technology center, improvements at Americas, El Dorado, and Montwood high schools, and the Socorro High School renovation.

“We’re excited to be moving forward with construction of Bond 2017 projects,” said Tom Eyeington, chief operations officer. “Our commitment to Promises Made, Promises Kept does not waiver. We work diligently to deliver the best facilities that our students, parents, staff and community members deserve.”

Construction for the new auxiliary gyms will begin in May at Benito Martinez, Campestre, Elfida P.  Chavez, Escontrias, H.D. Hilley, Helen Ball, Horizon Heights, Hueco, Loma Verde, Lujan‐Chavez, Myrtle Cooper, O’Shea Keleher, Robert R. Rojas, Sgt. Roberto Ituarte, Sierra Vista and Vista del Sol elementary schools.  The state-of-the-art facilities will have 4,360 square feet of flexible space for various school functions.  

The improvements at Americas, El Dorado and Montwood high schools will enhance the cafeterias, science labs, some classrooms, fine arts areas and Career and Technical Education facilities. The highly anticipated reconstruction of Socorro High School will begin in June and will include new facilities and improvements of existing parts of the building.

Construction for the support services and technology addition will start in July. The new facility will house the district’s Network Operations Center (NOC), library services, instructional technology, student support personnel, PEIMS, district programmers, management data services, and will be used for district and public meetings and events.

For more information about Bond 2017 projects, visit www.sisd.net/bond2017.

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