SAISD to pay tribute to Bond 2010 Citizens Oversight Committee, celebrate nearing completion of bond program

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What:         SAISD to pay tribute to Bond 2010 Citizens Oversight Committee, celebrate nearing completion of bond program, which is on track to come in under budget

When:       Tuesday (April 26), 6-7 p.m.

Where:      Lanier High School, 1514 W. César E. Chávez Blvd.

San Antonio ISD will celebrate Bond 2010 and pay tribute to the dedicated members of the Citizens  Oversight Committee, which was charged with overseeing progress of the $515 million bond program.

The event will provide District officials the opportunity to express thanks to the committee members for their service, as well as celebrate with the community the many projects completed under this first-phase effort to modernize SAISD’s aging facilities.

The overall bond program is on track to come in just under budget and is being financed by a property tax rate that has been consistently lower than what was originally projected.

Work will wrap up this summer at the few remaining campuses, except for Highlands High School, which will be completed in 2017. At $65.7 million, Highlands is the most extensive of the major projects. The District intentionally extended the completion date, opting instead for two phases, to minimize disruption to staff and students. The first phase of the project, a new classroom building and cafeteria, opened this year.

The $515 million bond program that SAISD voters approved in November 2010 included:

·         $347.4 million for major renovations and additions at 22 schools.

·         $73.8 for career and technical education enhancements.

·         $43.9 million for safety and security upgrades.

·         $35 million for renovations to Alamo Stadium and the adjacent Convocation Center.

·         $6.2 million for technology upgrades.

·         $6.1 million for playgrounds and athletic tracks.

·         $2.5 million for transportation efficiencies.

Tuesday’s event also will include a dedication of the reproduction of the Lanier student mural “Aztec Warrior,” by Mario Lozano, Joe Cubillos, Daniel Estrada, Robert Chavez and Rudy R. Treviño, instructor.

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