I know many of us are curious about what, exactly, the El Paso Independent School District would do with $668 million if we approved their bond in the upcoming election. KFOX reports:
The El Paso Independent School District gave KFOX14 a tour of Coronado High School for the $668M bond proposal.
If the bond is approved by voters in November, Coronado will take around $73M for improvements. Coronado is the most expensive project for the bond proposal.
By comparison, India’s Mars Orbiter mission cost $74 million. But they were trying to same money, a concern apparently not shared by EPISD.
One of the major issues with the current high school is the space, according to the district. The district said there isn’t enough space to accommodate for [sic] 2,800 students.
“The cafeteria is too small, the classrooms are too small as well,” said Melissa Martinez, a spokesperson for EPISD. “The facilities are just too outdated.”
According to Martinez, the school was built in the ‘60s. One of the issues is air conditioning, since the building is so old.
The school runs on evaporated air conditioning, which the school wasn’t made for back in the ‘60s. Martinez said it’s too expensive right now to add refrigerated air conditioning.
“It wouldn’t be energy efficient to switch to refrigerated air,” Martinez said. “The windows are made for it as well.”
However, Martinez said the administrators at Coronado are dealing with broken elevators and bathrooms every week. One teacher doesn’t have a projector screen, and instead made one out of cardboard for their classroom.
Oh, the horror! Evaporated air!
I reckon we can fix the problems at Coronado for less than $73 million.
Unless the real objective is to shore up our falling market share by poaching students from the Canutillo Independent School System. Then we’d need some kind of fancy, state-of-the-art upgrade.
And refrigerated air.