BSISD Trustees Hear Bond Project Update

by Mike Henry
KBYG - Special to NewsWest9

BIG SPRING - Big Spring school trustees Tuesday got an update on the $60 million bond project from the engineering firm, Parkhill Smith and Cooper.

Jay Edwards told trustees that the schematic design phase was completed for the three new elementary schools. The plans were presented to trustees and include the very same basic floor plan for each new school building. Each school will contain about 70,000 square feet that includes 28 classrooms, plus space for science and computer labs, art rooms, gyms, libraries, cafeterias, and office space.

Each new school's cafeteria will cook meals on site, eliminating the currant cook and deliver process currently used in the school district. Using the same design on all three new school campuses will also save hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to officials.

B.S.I.S.D. Superintendent Steven Saldivar told trustees that the district plans to include teachers, principals as well as parents in the next phase, or "design development". This is where the more detailed classroom designs will occur.

In the coming weeks school trustees will also be selecting a construction method and contractor.