POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:34am
UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:35am
The first step in expanding and improving the educational facilities in the Gadsden Independent School District was taken Thursday night at Santa Teresa Middle School when the Board of Trustees approved a resolution and proclamation setting February 4, 2014 as a bond election for $38 million list of new school buildings, improvements and renovations to existing facilities.
The Board approved the bond election date and established 10 polling places and absentee voting locations which will be available beginning January 10- 31. The two absentee locations will be the Dona Ana County Clerk office and the Gadsden ISD administrative complex.
“This bond election will provide the proper facilities to accommodate our growth in some areas and for future educational program. It will provide our students the appropriate foundation to be successful in the very competitive job market that exists,” commented Superintendent Efren Yturralde after the board action.
Seven major and critical projects included in the District bond project list are :
- Completion of the renovation of Gadsden High School, $2 million;
- Construction of new Chaparral area elementary, $2 million;
- Renovation to the existing Chaparral Elementary, $2 million;
- Replacement of Desert Pride Alternative High School, phase 2, $7 million;
- Construction of new elementary in the southern area of Gadsden ISD, under study;
- Land acquisition for new southern area elementary, under study;
- Chaparral High varsity gymnasium, $5 million;
- Early College High School facility, $3 million.
Other projects listed in the bond proposal include minor construction fund of $4.5 million, accessibility projects fund, $1.5 million; portable contingency fund, roofing projects district wide, $3 million; well and wastewater improvements; and security systems upgrades, $8 million.
If approved by the voters, the $38 million proposed projects for facility capital improvements will be matched by State matching funds estimated at $33, 855,000. Total potential fund for the bond projects is $71,855,000.
The polling places approved by the Board include District 1, Desert View Elementary; District 2 locations at Santa Teresa Middle and La Union Elementary; District 3 locations at Chamberino Fire station, North Valley Elementary, Northern On Track Pre-K Center, Berino Elementary and Mesquite Elementary; District 4, Anthony Elementary and District 5 at Chaparral Middle School.