Waco ISD Board Reviews Community Committee Bond Proposal | Education
Sterzinger said a straw poll found that 97% of committee members support the construction of a new Waco High, 81% support the construction of a new Carver Middle School and Tennyson Middle School, and 83% support the construction of a new Kendrick Elementary.
As part of the college proposal, Carver and Indian Spring Middle School would combine into a new Carver Middle School built on the Carver campus.
The elementary school proposal would rebuild the Kendrick Elementary School on its current site. Alta Vista Elementary School would be closed and its students split between a new Kendrick Elementary School and an expanded South Waco Elementary School.
Administrator Allen Sykes said there was “an enormous amount of work still to be done” in preparing a bond proposal for the consideration of Waco ISD voters, but he believes the diversity of the community committee would strengthen the district argument to Waco ISD voters for passing the proposal.
“I think the results speak for themselves,” he said of the work done by the architectural firm and the committee.
Administrator Cary DuPuy asked why higher priority was not given to projects by Tennyson and Kendrick, which each serve a student body larger than the buildings’ designed capacity.
“It seems pretty urgent,” DuPuy said.
Sterzinger said the ranking does not necessarily dictate the timing of projects and that the mandatory proposal could be structured to allow work on multiple campuses at the same time. He said the typical timeframe for building a new high school is two to three years, with middle school building at two and elementary at one.