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Board of Trustees updated on progress of district’s $668M bond

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT – Dec. 14, 2022) – The El Paso ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday heard an update on the historic $668 million bond, which is under budget and 95% complete.

The 2016 bond modernized and helped rightsize El Paso ISD with consolidated schools, new classroom buildings, major athletics upgrades, beautiful outdoor spaces, cutting-edge technology and new and updated fine arts facilities.

“Every project completed to date and the projects still under construction are under budget. We expect to incur $15 million in savings, which will be presented to the board to complete additional projects in the district,” said Chief Operations Officer Alan Wiernicki. “In the six years and one month since the bond passed, we also purchased 80 new propane buses, implemented 1:1 instructional technology, provided safe and secure schools through controlled access and heavily invested in athletic and fine arts facilities.”

Wiernicki also stressed that the savings comes despite the majority of construction occurring during a global pandemic that affected the local skilled labor market, supply chains and the cost of goods.

“This historic bond not only started the critical work to right-size El Paso ISD, but ensured our students have the latest in technology, more collaborative learning spaces and 21st century classrooms,” Wiernicki said. “The cost savings will allow us to do even more for our schools and students.”

Wiernicki’s presentation included an update on projects at the following campuses:

• Andress High School

• Austin High School

• Don Haskins PK-8

• El Paso High School

• Coach Archie Duran Elementary

• Irvin High School

• Gen. Douglas MacArthur PK-8

• Burges High School

• Dr. Joseph Torres Elementary

• Coach Archie Duran Elementary

• Coronado High School

• Murphree PK-8

• Wally Hartley PK-8