Students, faculty and staff at Coronado High School celebrated a milestone in the modernization of their decades-old campus during a groundbreaking ceremony that signals the start of major renovations.
“These storied buildings have served us well for more than five decades, but there is no denying that in order to better serve current and future T-Birds, modern facilities are needed,” Coronado Principal Marc Escareno said.
The voter-approved Bond 2016 project will pump $68.3 million into the school to build new classroom wings, demolish outdated classroom buildings, add a new fieldhouse, create new parking lots, and give the gym and courtyard much-needed renovations.
Students can’t wait to see all of the new upgrades their school will be getting and look forward to being the talk of the town.
“I am really excited and can’t wait to see the major improvements our school will be getting,” President of Student Council Daniela Enriquez said. “None of this would be possible without the voters who approved the Bond 2016 and I speak for the entire student body when I say that we are very thankful for this new and much-needed change.”
This is the District’s 13th groundbreaking ceremony. Construction crews are hard at work at schools throughout EPISD.
“The work that is being done not just at Coronado, but at campuses in every corner of the District is transformative,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “Thanks to the support of the community, our students will now have modern, innovative and inviting learning facilities that will help them reach their academic goals.”
Bond 2016 work at Coronado also includes athletic upgrades such as the replacement of the football turf, running track and tennis courts, as well as lighting for the baseball and softball fields.
Coronado High School’s renovations are scheduled to be completed by early 2023. Architects for the project are by Parkhill Smith & Cooper. The contractors are HB Construction and AO General Contractors.
Author: Hector Gonzalez | Photos by Leonel Monroy | Video by Angel Dominguez – EPISD