Groundbreaking for YISD's first combination school

EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) - A groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Valley View Middle/Mission Valley Elementary Combination School took place Tuesday to commemorate the beginning of construction of the new state-of-the-art facility.

The $87 million campus is part of the $430.5 million YISD 2015 Bond program.

According to YISD's Superintendent Xavier De La Torre, Mission Valley Elementary is one of the district's most urgent projects. He says it's the school in the worst condition.

The idea of combining both an elementary and middle school is a first for the district. However, De La Torre says it's far from new to him, having used that system when he was the superintendent at Socorro isd. He says this could even potentially lead to similar projects in the near future.

"I think there will be future opportunities to take an area like the riverside area where we have some needs. riverside middle could use a remodel so we're starting to look at a bond in 2021," said De La Torre. 

Some of the other projects as part of the bond include the revamping of Eastwood High School, the emodel of Thomas Manor and the addition of artificial turf for all high school stadiums.

De La Torre says he expects students to be able to start occupying the school in the fall of 2019.




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