Schools slated for bond renovations
Majority of schools slated for bond renovations in construction phase this summer
Twenty-two SAISD campuses are receiving extensive renovations under the $515 million bond voters approved in 2010. The first of the renovation projects kicked off at Cameron Elementary School late last summer, and through the school year additional campuses moved into the construction phase. As of this summer, a total of 16 of the 22 campuses are already in or expected to be in the construction phase.
Those schools already under construction or expected to get underway this summer are: Cameron, Cotton, Fenwick, Ogden, Riverside Park, Rogers and Woodlawn elementaries; Hawthorne Academy and Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Highlands, Jefferson and Lanier high schools.
At Highlands High School, the District’s largest renovation project at $65.7 million, close to 30 portable buildings are being installed this summer to accommodate students while construction is underway at the campus in the fall. The school will, essentially, be rebuilt to provide students with a new, modern facility.
The remaining five schools that will receive major renovations are expected to enter the construction phase in the upcoming school year.
In addition, construction at the Alamo Stadium & Convocation Center is moving along. The track and field has been removed, and the District expects that the Convocation gym will be ready for use by January of 2014 and the stadium by the April/May 2014 time frame.
Construction at Cameron ES is expected to be completed in the
fall of 2013. Under the renovations, the size of the school will
increase by more than 60 percent, and will include art and
music labs and additional classrooms, with all classrooms
equipped with the latest technology.