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A breakdown of everything included in the $668.7M EPISD bond proposal

What the $668.7M bond proposal consists of.

There are 29 total projects included in the El Paso Independent School District $668.7M bond proposal. Some projects have larger dollar signs than others, but that doesn’t mean it’s less important.

“To tell you the truth, I’m not for it at all,” said Jose Gonzalez, who lives in central El Paso. “Because I heard they’re going to be doing a lot of cleaning house.”

In the bond proposal, the project for Coronado High School will cost $73.9M, and the project for Burges High School will cost $56.8M.

These projects are the two costliest for the EPISD bond proposal, but KFOX14 wanted to break down all the other projects included in the proposal.

According to the district, construction and renovations will cost around $373M, consolidations will cost around $237M, Athletics will cost around $32M, technology will cost around $16M, new buses for the district will cost around $8M and safety and security will cost $750,400.

Here is a breakdown of everything included in the bond:

• $73.9 million - Partial rebuild of Coronado High School, leaving the newer wings, in West El Paso

• $56.8 million - Rebuilding much of Burges High School in East El Paso

• $47.8 million - Closing Bond and Roberts elementary schools and relocating students to a new pre-K to eighth-grade school at rebuilt at the current Lincoln Middle School site on the West Side

• $42.3 million - Closing Clardy Elementary School and relocating students to a new prekindergarten through eighth-grade school at the current Henderson Middle School site in Central El Paso

• $39.6 million - Partially rebuilding Jefferson High School and major renovations for Silva Health Magnet High School in Central El Paso

• $39.5 million - Rebuild Ross Middle School in Central El Paso

• $38.3 million - Closing Collins Elementary School and relocating students to next-door Terrace Hills Middle School, which would be rebuilt as a pre-K to eighth-grade school in Northeast El Paso

• $38 million - Closing Johnson Elementary School and relocating students to next-door Morehead Middle School, which would be rebuilt as a pre-K to eighth-grade school in West El Paso

• $34.6 million - A new Northeast middle school to replace Bassett Middle SCcool

• $32.1 million - Major renovations of Austin High School in Central El Paso

• $30.6 million - Closing Schuster and Crosby elementary schools and relocating students to a rebuilt Dowell Elementary School in Northeast El Paso

• $27.8 million - Phase two of the rebuild of Irvin High School in Northeast El Paso

• $26.1 million - Turf replacements and court and field lighting at all high schools, as well as tracks and tennis courts at all high schools except Chapin and Franklin

• $23.3 million - Major renovations at Andress High School in Northeast El Paso

• $21.1 million - Major renovations and a fine arts addition at El Paso High School in Central El Paso

• $20.8 million - Closing Fannin Elementary School and relocating students to the rebuilt Bradley Elementary School in Northeast El Paso

• $19.9 million - Closing Bonham Elementary School and relocating students to a rebuilt MacArthur School, which already serves students in grades prekindergarten through eighth grade in East El Paso

• $13.2 million - Partial rebuild of Hughey Elementary School in Central El Paso

• $11.1 million - Major renovation of Crockett Elementary School in Central El Paso

• $9.5 million - Network infrastructure upgrades for 21 schools - Barron, Bond, Bradley, Green, Guerrero, Herrera, Kohlberg, Lea, Lundy, Mesita, Nixon, Polk, Rivera, Tippin, Western Hills and Zach White elementary schools; Brown, Hornedo, Macarthur and Richardson middle schools; and the Delta Academy

• $6 million - Playgrounds, shading and court renovations

• $4.8 million - 24 school buses and 23 special education school buses to be bought in 2016-2017

• $4.1 million - Laptops for students, including laptops for all 12,500 middle school students starting in 2017

• $2.5 million - Teacher laptops

• $1.3 million - 12 special education buses to be bought in 2017-2018

• $1.3 million - 12 school buses to be bought in 2018-2019

• $1.1 million - 10 special education buses for 2019-2020

• $750,400 - Perimeter security (fencing, lighting and sensors)

• $500,000 - Neighborhood Wi-Fi - a collaboration with the city to expand wireless internet to more neighborhoods using existing infrastructure. Expanding internet to a six-block radius of a school would cost about $10,000, meaning the EPISD could bring Wi-Fi to 50 neighborhoods

Some El Pasoans took a look at this list when they spoke with KFOX14.

“I think technology should be before athletics, because that helps our kids rebuild their future,” Gonzalez said. “As for some consolidations, I don’t want to mix elementary school kids with middle school kids.”

People in the district will be able to vote on the bond in November.

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