Rebuild vs. renovate: BSISD officials debate Moss future

Big Spring school officials want very much to add a fourth new elementary campus to their upcoming construction list.

Officials discussed the possibility of replacing Moss Elementary with a new campus during Thursday's meeting of the Big Spring Independent School District board of trustees.

When voters approved a $60 million bond proposal in May 2010, plans called for three new elementaries to replace existing campuses at Washington, Marcy and Goliad.

Moss, the most recently-built elementary in the district (constructed in 1966) was to be extensively renovated. However, rising renovation costs are approaching prices for a new building, leaving school officials wondering if they should simply bridge the difference and build a fourth new campus.

“We first started thinking about it in November after we looked at the prices of renovating the building,” BSISD Superintendent Steven Saldivar said. “”It will cost between $9.7 million and $10 million to renovate the building, and between $11.5 million and $11.7 million to build a new one.”

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