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Rebuild vs. renovate: BSISD officials debate Moss future

January 14, 2011

Architects unveiled conceptual drawings of new elementary campuses that will be built within the next few years at Big Spring Independent School District during Thursday's school board meeting. Shown is an artist's rendering of the front of Washington Elementary. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

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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