Spring ISD approves costs to speed up construction, security upgrades
The Spring ISD board of trustees approved funds for security, construction for two future ninth grade centers and change orders for a new stadium and middle school as part of its $330 million bond approved by voters in 2016.
A change order for the Springwoods Village Middle School for $1.2 million was approved to accelerate the construction of the new school that is scheduled to open in August.
“This is to get us to the finish line for that project, so that the contractors can work nights and evenings and weekends and do whatever it takes to get us completed on the project,” said chief operations officer Mark Miranda.
The new school, which is expected to house up to 725 students, is being built north of the Grand Parkway and east of the North Freeway.
The school board approved a change order for the district’s future stadium. The change order for $378,000 is for the construction of a street that will be named Cypress Heights Drive. The new street, which will be approximately a city block in length, will connect to Quailgate Drive on the other side of Cypresswood Drive.
“As soon as school is out, we’re going to be connecting an intersection near the stadium’s side,” Miranda said.
One lane on either side of Cypresswood Drive is expected to close while the construction is ongoing and the stoplights at the intersection will also be redone, he said.
The board also approved $9 million in construction for two of its three new ninth grade centers that are currently under construction.
“It’s all part of the building. It’s not the full building. Each GMP is another bigger expanded part of the building,” Miranda said.
The third guaranteed maximum price for the Spring High School Ninth Grade Center for $6.6 million will cover roofing, elevators, plumbing, electrical work and a pre-engineered ROTC building, Miranda said.
The Dekaney High School Ninth Grade Center will have $2.3 million as its third guaranteed maximum price that will cover structural metal frames, waterproofing, elevators, plumbing, and electrical systems.
The board will also approved a fifth guaranteed maximum price for $2.7 million for safety and security upgrades at Spring High School and Dekaney High School.
“We’ve been doing safety and security packages since the fall and every campus in our district is getting safety and security upgrades. Specifically, perimeter security, which is access control and intruder alarms along with surveillance cameras,” Miranda said.