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EPISD chooses Jacobs Project Management to lead the way for bond projects

EPISD meeting to appoint project manager for the bond.

The El Paso Independent School District now knows who it wants to lead the way for all its bond projects.

EPISD made the decision Wednesday night to have the Jacobs Project Management oversee the $668 million bond.

In the first meeting since the bond passed, EPISD’s board of trustees discussed the logistics of what is next for the largest bond in county history.

Jacobs Project Management is the same agency that came up with the report for the bond. That report called for more than a billion dollars’ worth of projects.

The district said it will submit a contract to the agency in December.

Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operation Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria explained how the district decided to choose Jacobs.

“Well Jacobs is one of the leading engineering firms in the region and we decided to select them for their experience. They did a lot of work on the Fort Bliss expansion. Also their emphasis on active learning environments as well as their prior experience with the district and some of the experience that they have from the team. Just a really, really strong company and they're partnership with a local company here in El Paso," Arrieta-Candelaria said.

Jacobs will work with the bond oversight committee. That committee will consist of 20 people who live within the district. They will help guide the projects and keep them on track. Each board member will choose two committee members and the superintendent will choose three. The committee will also include one person from the Greater Chamber of Commerce, one person from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and one from the district’s largest teacher association.


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