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Spring ISD approves $2.6 million in security upgrades

April 10, 2019

The Spring ISD board of trustees approved security upgrades and construction projects at a dozen of its campuses and approved costs for other construction projects at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 9.

The board approved three projects that are part of its $330 million bond approved by voters in 2016 and one renovation project that is not part of the bond.

“There’s a lot of activity going on,” said chief operations officer Mark Miranda of the construction projects in Spring ISD .

Aside from three new ninth grade centers, the district is also building two new middle schools and a stadium as part of its bond projects.

Safety and security

The board approved another safety and security package to provide updates at nine campuses.

“This is the fourth bid package for safety and security. We’re still on track to have these by the end of the calendar year,” Miranda said.

According to the agenda, “package D1” will provide security upgrades for $2.6 million at Anderson Elementary, Beneke Elementary, Lewis Elementary, Link Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Ponderosa Elementary, Smith Elementary, Bammel Middle School and Spring High School.

The board approved the last package in February and so far, 17 campuses have had security upgrades, which have included security cameras and control access to buildings.

According to a presentation, the district has a goal of completing security upgrades at all of its buildings and campuses in 2019.

Construction projects

The board also approved funds for two ninth grade centers, which are expected to open in 2020.

“If you’ve been by Spring High School especially, you’ve seen a lot of the site work that’s already being done. Dekaney doesn’t have as much site work. It’s not as far along,” Miranda said.

According to the agenda, the second guaranteed price maximum — the not-to-exceed cost — of structural steel and concrete to build the ninth grade center at Dekaney High School is $5.1 million.

Miranda said the costs would also cover plumbing and air conditioning and heating for the new building.

The board also approved a second guaranteed price maximum of $12 million for air conditioning and the exterior of the ninth grade center at Spring High School.

While the scope of the projects differ, both ninth grade centers are expected to open at the same time.

“The reason that you see the difference in the dollar amounts is because they’re not on the same track. The content of each of them is based on their individual campus. It just depends on how far along they are on the project,” Miranda said.

Renovation

The board also approved renovations at the current Spring Early College Academy campus at 14450 TC Jester Blvd. once the school relocates.

The district announced the academy would move to the Lone Star College - North Harris campus in November and finalized the deal in December.

“We are asking or seeking the board’s approval for the award to the contractor,” chief financial officer Ann Westbrooks told the board during the work meeting on Thursday.

The district also announced that the campus would be converted into its Spring Leadership Academy, its ninth middle school and smallest campus with about 400 students.

The new school would not be a bond project and is expected to open for the 2019-2020 school year.

According to the agenda, the final proposal for the renovations will not exceed $2.5 million.

mayra.cruz@chron.com