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Gallery+Story: Students, staff, alumni celebrate Burges High Bond 2016 groundbreaking

Students, staff and alumni came together to turn the shovels in the ceremonial start of construction of the $58-million Bond 2016 modernization plan for Burges.

Just a few yards from the ceremonial groundbreaking sits a giant pile of dirt and heavy construction machinery – signaling the work that is about to start at the East-Central campus.

Construction includes new construction, renovations, a courtyard, softball field and repairs to the sewer line. Bond projects at Burges began in 2017 with the replacement of the football field and the running track.

“What a great opportunity that we have now to really dive into the 21st-century learning and making sure that all of our kids and all of our staff, all of our faculty are learning side by side,” said assistant principal Adriana Herrera. “Our students are incredibly proud of what’s going on here.”

Sophomore Mia Cadena looks forward to seeing the construction through. She’ll be a senior by the time the project is complete.

“I’m very excited to see how I turned it out,” Cadena said. “I’m in many different extracurricular activities such as Student Council and journalism so with the bond project I’m going to see a new student activity center and new journalism room.”

The modernization project updates the nearly 65-year-old campus in the quaint Cielo Vista neighborhood – boosting the pride of both the current Mustangs and its alumni.

“I think it’ll get more people to come to Burges that live outside of our neighborhood,” said sophomore Adrian Martinez. “They will see how much Burges really does have to offer.”

Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera said the modernization at Burges and throughout EPISD is a signal that the District is thriving.

“We are seeing a rebirth of our neighborhoods and our schools are a big part of that movement,” Cabrera said. “We know that by making our schools visually attractive, and given the high-quality programming we have in our classrooms, EPISD schools will continue to be the center of innovation in education.”

The ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 14.

Story by Reneé de Santos   |   Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

El Paso ISD unveils new Bond 2016-funded safety and security programs

Visitors to any El Paso Independent School District elementary campus will have to go through an extra layer of security before even setting foot inside the front office, all thanks to newly safety and security equipment that is part of the EPISD Bond 2016 modernization program.

The new Secure Entry system requires that all visitors use a camera by the front door of each school to show their identification card and state the purpose of their visit. Once a District employee determines the visitor has legitimate business on campus, he or she will be allowed into the front office where their identification card will be checked against a sex-offender registry database.

The Bond 2016-funded upgrades are part of the District’s continued efforts to create safe spaces for learning.

“Parents expect us to provide safe and secure environments for their children, and thanks to the Bond have one of the best systems available at our elementary schools,” said Manny Chavira, EPISD’s Safe and Secure Schools Manager. “By providing these extra layers of security, we allow our employees to challenge any visitor that has no reason to be on our campus.”

Any visitor deemed ineligible to visit a school will be met by an administrator to determine further action.  The new system also works in conjunction with the EPISD Police and systems being used by other regional law-enforcement agencies, who can respond to a call if needed.

“This is the fabric of society now and we have to take these extra measures to make sure that we are ensuring the safety and security of our students and the faculty,” Chavira said.

Tom Lea principal Michelle Casillas likes security the new system gives staff and parents.

“We know exactly who is in the building at all times,” she said. “It gives our parents that sense of security in knowing that our kids are safe, that there isn’t anyone not authorized to be on campus. If we need to, we can call or text police services for assistance. They respond very quickly and been very supportive.”

At Tom Lea, parents arriving on campus pulled as they approached the cameras, ready for when the staff would ask.

“I like fact no one can get into my daughter’s school without proper identification,” said Ramon Reyes. “It makes you feel a lot more secure about my daughter.

Reyes finds the process to enter easy for parents but might not so easy for someone who doesn’t belong.

“It’s not a hassle to get your ID out. It’s for a better piece of mind,” he said.

The new system is part of the $750,000 voters approved for safety and security measures in the Bond 2016 modernization program.  All elementary schools have the new Secure Entry system, and the District is now working on expanding it to middle and high schools.

EPISD Police also provided tours of its new mobile command center during the demonstration.  The former bookmobile turned police station on wheels is equipped with phones, workspace and computers that can tap into the campus security cameras during emergencies. Giant screens lining the wall showed areas of the campus captured from the cameras in and outside the school and on the mobile unit and the blueprint of the building.

“The mobile unit gives us a place where all of our public safety partners can come in to create a unified command establish from beginning to end of an emergency incident,” Chavira said. “The security upgrades and the new mobile command center are all tools we have to ensure that we keep our students and staff safe and secure and can act quickly in the event of an emergency.

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

El Paso ISD: Residents can help name new Northeast middle school

Memberrs of the public can now submit name suggestions for the new Northeast middle school that is part of the 2016 EPISD Bond modernization program.

Applications will be accepted through April 18.  EPISD 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.

Applicants must use the school name nomination form (found here) and submit it via email to episdbond@episd.org with the subject line “Nomination for new Northeast middle school.”

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.
Author – Gustavo Reveles – EPISD

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 episdbond@episd.org 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 episdbond@episd.org

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