Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 23 August 2013 08:20
Mission CISD board members have been discussing renovations to the old Mission High School campus since 2008. Three years after discussions began in earnest and five years after the 2008 bond election designating funds for the project, the board is still undecided on what to do.
Teachers attending the district’s August Facilities Committee meeting said they are growing tired of hearing of plans that have been repeatedly discussed but never approved. The problem is the costs keep increasing and the district can’t find enough money to fund all the wanted improvements. The budget presented at the time of the 2008 bond election was $18.3 million. Now, the district is looking at a construction cost of at least $28 million, and a total project cost anywhere from $36 million to $37 million including soft costs such as architectural, engineering, utilities and testing fees.
In February 2010, it looked as though the renovation project was moving forward when ERO Architects was hired to work on the project. Shortly after being hired, ERO began a $635,000 baseline study in June 2010. A group of MHS staff members was gathered to form a renovation committee that assisted the district and architects with a list of recommendations.