Midland ISD School Board Learns That Original Estimate to Fix Elementaries Won’t Cut It

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The price tag to fix Midland elementary schools just got a little pricier. On Tuesday night, the Midland School Board heard from the architects.

The district found out their original estimate to fix their elementaries just isn't going to cut it.

The Midland School District estimated it would take about $158 million to renovate and upgrade their 24 elementary school campuses.

But they found out, it will cost nearly $4.5 million more.

Architects from the group, Parkhill, Smith and Cooper were on hand at a workshop following the regular school board meeting to explain what they've discovered after spending the last several months looking at the needs of each school campus.

Their plan includes everything from new construction and renovations to old buildings, to technology upgrades to adding three new campuses.

The price tag for all of that is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $163 million.

School board members are now planning another workshop for early August where they will hear what it might cost to make similar improvements to all junior and senior high campuses.

After that, the board is expected to decide at their august 14 meeting whether or not to call for a November bond election and how much to ask voters to approve.