Voters approve SISD's $448 million bond

EL PASO, Texas - An overwhelming amount of voters approved the Socorro school district’s $448.5 million bond during Tuesday’s election.

The final unofficial results showed 6,783 votes cast, with 60 percent in favor of the bond and 40 percent against.

The bond will be used to pay for several projects including three new schools, a new student activities complex and upgrades to Socorro High School.

SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza told KTSM, “This building is 50 years old and the students at Socorro High School deserve the same opportunities as the students at Pebble Hills and Eastlake. This is something we are very excited about.”

Socorro High School’s principal, Josh Tovar, shared that same sentiment.

He said, “Every kid at our school had a laptop but we didn't have charging stations. So now with these upgrades will be a glorious revolution for us and take us to the next level.”

According to the district, construction on all the projects should be completed in the next five years.

Bond project breakdown:

    Reconstruction of Socorro High School
    Estimated Cost: $135 million

    New construction (three new schools)
    Estimated Cost: $105 million

    Support services
    Estimated Cost: $23.6 million

    Estimated Cost: $12.5 million

    Maintenance & Operations
    Estimated Cost: $10.6 million

    Estimated Cost: $500,000

   High School Improvements at Americas, El Dorado and Montwood
   Estimated Cost: $95.8 million

   Elementary multi-purpose rooms
   Estimated Cost: $20,810,000

   New student activities complex
   Estimated Cost: $67.5 million    

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