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Video+Gallery+Story: El Paso ISD Begins Renovations of Austin High

The Austin High community gathered last week, just below the steps of the iconic bell tower of this Central El Paso gem, to celebrate the start of Bond 2016 upgrades to modernize the campus while maintaining the historic façade.

The ceremonial turning of the dirt marked the beginning of construction on the $22-million project, which is expected to be complete by January 2021. The project includes lighting, windows, security HVAC updates, upgrades to the quad area and a new fine arts facility.

“This is so important to our students and the Austin community,” said principal Cyndi Severns-Ponce. “We’re getting much needed improvements to our building – heating and cooling, new windows, landscaping – while maintaining the historical features of the building. Austin is such a powerful and prideful community and we want to make sure that we keep up the look.”

Visitors to the campus could already see progress on the bond project through the work on the new performing arts facility – which sits in the former parking lot near the front of the main entrance. The hum of construction vehicles sounded before and after the ceremony on the new building, which will feature a 350-seat theater and fine arts classrooms.

“We’re going to finally have a place for our students to perform,” Severns-Ponce said. “We have an amazing theater program and fine arts program and we’ve never been able to really showcase them. We’ll actually be able to hold performances for our feeder patterns and bring in the community to host events. We want Austin to be a place where the community comes.”

Although senior and fine arts student Isabella Valera won’t be at Austin to see the improvements, she’s excited for the new generations of Panthers that will get to perform in the new theater.

“We’ve been around for so long and I feel like we deserve to give back to the community in the sense that we have a place where we can have concerts and plays,” she said. “Having that facility is going to allow us to grow as musicians, as individuals, as performers and as a community overall.”

Officials said the work done with the Bond will help create 21stcentury learning environments, but will continue to celebrate the historic architecture of the school, which was built in the 1930s and has seen iconic local, state and national leaders walk its hallways.

Story by Reneé de Santos | Photos by Leonel Monroy | Video by Angel Dominguez/EPISD

El Paso ISD Asking for Public’s Help in Naming New Consolidated Campuses

The El Paso Independent School District soon will begin taking school name nominations for four of the consolidated campuses that are part of the 2016 EPISD Bond modernization program.

Via a news release, EPISD officials shared that campus name applications will be accepted from January 29 to February 19.

Members of the public will be able to provide name suggestions for consideration for the following four campus consolidations:

• Hughey/Ross PreK-8 Campus

• Henderson/Clardy PreK-8 Campus

• Dowell/Schuster/Crosby Elementary Campus

• Lincoln/Bond/Roberts PreK-8

Applicants must use the school name nomination form (form download link) and submit it via email to with the subject line “Nomination for (School Name).” Additional documentation may be submitted along with the form.

Applicants should consider the following guidelines when submitting name suggestions:

1. A school may be named after an individual that has made exceptional contributions to public education, preferably to the District or society.

2. The individual must represent exemplary human qualities or serve as a model of excellence for the students who will attend the school.

3. The individual shall not be an employee at the time of consideration or selection of the name.

4. Diversity shall be given consideration in selecting a school name.

5. Names of geographic areas, landmarks or academic-educational functions also may be considered

Each campus will form a school-name committee to review and rank name suggestions using EPISD Policy CW (LOCAL). The EPISD Board of Trustees will make the final decision on school names using the recommendations from the school-name committees.

EPISD to Hold Contractor Fair for Bond 2016 projects

Construction companies who wish to do business with the El Paso Independent School District as part of the Bond 2016 Program are invited to the Contractor Fair the District is hosting along with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

The EPISD Bond 2016 Contractor Fair is from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, January 24, at the Chamber, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso.

Prospective contractors will hear an overview of all Bond 2016 projects and receive details on the EPISD procurement process for general contractors and subcontractors. All 10 architecture firms working on major bond projects will be present and have displays to showcase their design concepts and answer questions.

EPISD along with its Bond management partners, Jacobs/Huitt-Zollars, as well as the Chamber are working to engage the local business community and give potential contractors the opportunity to learn more about the Bond 2016.

For more information about the Contractor Fair, please contact Margaux Dalbin at 230-2284

Community Design Meetings Seek Input for EPISD Bond 2016 Projects

El Paso ISD officials are holding meetings to gather community input for six campus construction projects funded through the 2016 Bond.

The Community Design Meetings will give the community an opportunity to interact with architects to discuss designs options.

“Every meeting will include the programming details, overall budget, design and construction timeline and a tentative site plan,” Margaux Dalbin, bond outreach coordinator. “Each meeting will also have different design exercises to provide further community input.”

The committee is looking for their thoughts on courtyards and outdoor spaces, the look and materials of building exteriors and site plan preferences. At the end of the design phase, design gallery walkthroughs will give the school communities an opportunity to see the final product.

“We value community input and want to know what teachers, student and parents want to see in their school. We want them to take ownership and pride in the final product,” Dalbin said. “We will also continue to engage our School Project Committees throughout the duration of the bond projects.”

Henderson/Clardy and the Irvin High School communities met earlier this week with significant participation from those communities.

“I want to find out what is going to happen to these schools and how they’re going to affect my nieces and nephews,” said Lorena Gonzalez, who has family members attending both Henderson and Clardy. “What I saw looked very nice … very modern. I think it will be an improvement.

  • El Paso High School:  Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Austin High School: Oct. 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For information about Bond projects or to give further input, email

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