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Trustees to discuss construction options

January 12, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District trustees will discuss the possibility of adding a fourth new elementary campus to the district's construction to-do list when they meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

When voters approved $60 million in construction bonds in May, original plans called for the the building of three new elementary campuses and extensive renovation of Moss Elementary, among other projects.

However, the cost of renovating Moss vs. replacing the building has narrowed to the point that the district may be able to build four new campuses and still stay within the financial guidelines approved by voters.

Earlier this month, BSISD Superintendent Steven Saldivar said renovating Moss will cost between $9.7 million and $10 million, which erecting a new campus will cost around $11 million.

One of the options officials are looking at to eliminate that gap is to have BSISD personnel perform some of the construction work, which would allow the district to add another campus while staying within the financial boundaries set by voters in May.

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