Two area high schools to get new stadiums

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 11:46am

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:43am

The El Paso Independent School District announced that two area high schools will be getting new 6,000 capacity stadiums as part of a 2007 Bond Fund reallocation project.

Taxpayers approved the bond in 2007 in order to hold funds to build a new high school in Northeast El Paso. However, the population growth in Northeast El Paso does not currently support the addition of a new high school.

EPISD will instead use the funds for several different projects around the district, the largest two projects are new stadiums for both Franklin High School and Jefferson High. The 6,000 capacity grandstands will include a pressbox, PA, concession stands with restrooms. Jefferson will also receive funds for the renovation of Hugo Meyer Baseball Field.

Other district projects included in the Bond Fund Reallocation Project includes multipurpose classrooms for several EPISD elementary schools. A new administration building, classroom additions, theater and air conditioning system are planned for Irvin High School.

Andress High will receive a new 1,000 seating capacity theater along with fine arts classrooms. Chapin will receive twelve new classrooms and a new field house, and the final project will be the renovation of Bowie High School's field house.

The total amount allocated for these projects is $57,889,025. A spokesperson with EPISD estimates that the projects should be complete by the 2014 Fall Semester.

Proposed 2007 Bond Fund Reallocation Project List.pdf83.67 KB

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Figures, that our new "transparent" EPISD administration is doing whatever they want with our tax payer money, that was suppose to be allocated for a new HS in the Northeast part of town.The ONLY good thing about all this is that Jefferson is going to finally get a stadium.Ironically enough, in order for Jefferson to get one,money had to be spent for Franklin to get one.Uhh, how many years has Jefferson been without a stadium?Plus Frankiln is getting a new Olympic size pool!! Transparency!!!

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