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VISD cancels elections, approves track and tennis court contracts

By JULIAN CAVAZOS
March 25, 2010 at 9:02 p.m.
Updated March 25, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.


Crain Middle School, which will become Crain Elementary School starting next school year, will shrink from 124,000 square feet to about 62,000 square feet.

The main gym, dressing room, choir room, band hall, original classrooms and administration office will be demolished.

A music room and stage will be built in the cafetorium.

Crain will keep its current cafeteria, library, practice gym, kitchen, and the newer 40,000-square-foot building of classrooms.

Students attending Juan Linn Elementary School will move to Crain Elementary, or other elementary schools, in spring 2011, once demolitions are done at the end of this year.

Stroman campus changes

The MHS Stroman Campus will become Stroman Middle School next school year.

Crain Middle School students will move to Stroman Middle School, or other middle schools, in fall 2010.

Once Stroman becomes a middle school, the fourth floor will not be used.

Only six of the 17 science labs will be used. The rest will be closed.

The "Dome," or recreation building, and athletic dressing room, will close.

The boys locker room, behind the gym, and girls locker room near the practice gym, will remain.

The current cafeteria, gym, library, office area, band hall and choir room, among others, will still be utilized.

The Victoria school board cancelled its board of trustees election because all three candidates run unopposed.

The board approved the cancellation 7-0 at its regular meeting on Thursday night.

James Murphy Sr. refiled for District 1, Bernie Klimist refiled for District 6 and Michael DiSanto filed for District 7. Neither candidate faced a challenger.

In other business, the board approved a $965,504 contract with Hellas Construction Inc. of Austin to build the running tracks at Victoria East and Victoria West high schools.

The board also approved a $1.2 million contract with Lester Contracting Inc. of Port Lavaca to build the tennis courts at both new high schools.

Both high schools will have one running track and eight tennis courts, with an additional four courts at West to accommodate Harold Cade Middle School.

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