Socorro Independent School District and VLK Architects had a community meeting to discuss the progress, timelines, and design of Socorro High School’s reconstruction.
The $135 million project is one of 26 projects in SISD’s Bond 2017 program, which voters approved to improve existing facilities and address continuing growth in the district.
“We organized this community meeting to ensure communication and accountability surrounding Bond 2017 and to continue delivering “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” said Tom Eyeington, the district’s chief operations officer.
“We received great input from our students, parents, and staff, when we were planning the design, and we were very excited show them what the new school is going to look like.”
Socorro High School was built in 1965 and is the oldest high school in the district. The reconstruction will upgrade the educational appropriateness of the 54-year old campus and turn it into a state-of-the-art facility for its community of learners.
The first phase of Socorro’s reconstruction started in the summer, and includes installation of temporary walls around areas of the school that will be demolished, and fencing around the softball fields, tennis courts and vocational buildings.
“We are extremely excited that the renovations of our new home have begun,” said Josh Tovar, the school principal. “Our Team SISD students, teachers and community members who value the area, our tradition, and our history deserve this project. We look forward to seeing the renderings come to life.”
Once construction is finalized, Socorro High School will be a tri-level building with an open space concept and multiple learning spaces for large-group instruction, small-group collaboration, and individual study. The campus will be equipped with high quality security features, latest technology advancements, as well as furniture and installations designed for 21st century learning.
The project will be phased over a three-and-a-half-year period, but students already are eager for the reconstruction.
“My younger brother and sister have been talking about coming to this school for years and I’m really excited that they will get to experience high school in the new building,” said Stephanie Fierro, a senior at Socorro High School.
“It’s sad to see our school go away, but I know that in the long run it’s better for the students coming in.”
During the meeting, SISD Board Member Gary Gandara acknowledged that demolishing the school was bittersweet, but ensured students and staff that the modernization will be a positive thing for the community.
“This school is beautiful and it carries a lot of memories,” Gandara said. “It’s sad to think it will be torn down but I promise that when you see the new building you will be very proud of it.”