MISD receives facilities assessment

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MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar)- The Midland ISD School Board met Tuesday to hear an assessment on needed campus improvements.

The results of the facilities assessment will provide a roadmap for the district to plan for physical updates to elementary and secondary schools, according to a release.

“This data will help us prioritize projects, including those that must be addressed immediately,” said Kellie Spencer, Chief Operations Officer. “What stands out to me as priorities are addressing mechanical systems, specifically HVAC, and fire safety systems.

The facilities assessment evaluates structural elements such as walls, roofs and floors; electrical and mechanical features; security; and accessibility.

Bunche, Fasken and Yarbrough elementary schools were constructed in 2015 and have been omitted from the report.

According to a release, the study shows areas of needed improvement at every campus assessed.

Thirty-one facilities each have a projected cost under $10 million, and the average across all facilities is $7.6 million.

“There is nothing unusual about the number of findings given the size of the district, the number of buildings maintained by the district and the age of those buildings,” said Steve Hafer, Principal at architectural firm Huckabee, which conducted the study. “In fact, given these factors, the district’s facilities are very well maintained and cared for.” 

Midland High, identified as the oldest facility in the district, was found to have the greatest need by dollar value. Huckabee projected repair and update costs at $50 million.

Lee has an estimated update cost of $28.6 million, about half of which is for ceiling, electrical and other repairs.

Other schools at the top of the list include Lee Freshman and Alamo.

Huckabee’s assessment will be presented to the MISD Board of Trustees at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Bowie Fine Arts Academy auditorium.

That meeting will also be streamed live and can be viewed here.

Additionally, Tuesday the Board approved the purchase of 1,000 new devices for students and teachers. The purchase includes 500 iPads for student use and 527 Dell desktop computers for teachers. The new computers will be paid for with federal funding.

The Board was also presented with gifts from the Midland Education Foundation. 

The district accepted $150,000 from the Walton Family Foundation, 6,000 facemasks were donated to teachers and students from the CINTAS Corporation, and the Midland Teachers Credit Union Spirit Card Program gave $8,623 to help support teachers.

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