BSISD to replace Moss Elementary

Make that four new elementary schools in Big Spring Independent School District's future.

BSISD trustees unanimously voted (with one abstention) during their Thursday night meeting to proceed with plans to replace Moss Elementary with a new campus.

When voters approved a $60 million bond issue in May 2010, school officials originally intended to simply renovate Moss, the newest of the current BSISD elementary campuses (it was constructed in 1965) and build three new elementary campuses to replace existing structures at Washington, Goliad and Marcy.

Subsequent estimates, however, have put Moss renovation costs in excess of $9 million and an architectural consultant told trustees Thursday that to renovate Moss so that it offers a similar number of classrooms and special areas as the new campuses would drive renovation costs in excess of $10 million, close to the cost of a new building.

Last November, BSISD officials began exploring ways to eliminate the financial gap between renovating Moss and replacing it with a new building. Part of the difference was made up with using school district personnel to do some of the work and other monies were freed up by shifting bond project priorities, Superintendent Steven Saldivar said.

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