Mission, Texas Brain

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Architects selected for $57 million bond issue projects

Only a month after voters in Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) overwhelmingly approved a $57 million bond issue, the Board of Trustees took a major step toward beginning construction. During their meeting Monday, June 12, board members selected architects for the major projects.

"The Board of Trustees has made this a priority," said Oscar Rodriguez, Jr., superintendent. "They have committed themselves to moving the bond issue projects along as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to meet the needs of our students while making sure the district is spending taxpayer money as wisely as possible."

The firms MB-ARC, Inc. and EGV Architects, Inc. were approved for additions and renovations to Cantu Elementary, Leal Elementary, Mims Elementary and O’Grady Elementary. Mata Villarreal Garcia Design Group, LLP was approved for additions and renovations to Mission High School. Gomez Mendenz Saenz, Inc. was selected for the new middle school. ERO International, LLP was chosen to design a new elementary school and the new fine arts facilities for Mission High School and Veterans Memorial High School. The engineering firm of ACR Engineering, Inc. was selected for HVAC renovations planned for Waitz Elementary and K. White Jr. High. The selection of the firms was handled in separate motions made by board member J.D. Villarreal.

"We hope to have contracts negotiated with each of these firms as quickly as possible," said Rodriguez. "Once that is done, the next big steps will be to sell the bonds and get the projects designs done and approved. We really need to get the two new schools built as quickly as possible so we can provide room for the student growth we are expecting."

The district plans to sell the bonds in mid-August. Proceeds would then likely be available to the district in September.

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