Mission Valley Elementary School

View of the front office at Mission Valley Elementary School. The building that houses the campus office was built in 1937.

Q: Will the current Mission Valley and Stroman campuses be torn down, if the bond passes?

A: Yes.

The current Mission Valley Elementary School and Stroman Middle School will be torn down and replaced, if the bond is approved by voters.

The $156.8 million bond totals include demolition and rebuild cost estimates.

Stroman’s demolition and rebuild is estimated to cost $73.7 million, and Mission Valley’s demolition and rebuild is estimated to cost $23 million.

The bond also includes district-wide repairs for $58.4 million and new playgrounds at each elementary school for $1.5 million.

Victoria residents will vote on the measure May 1.

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Samantha Douty is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She grew up in Corpus Christi and graduated from UT-Arlington with a bachelor's in journalism.

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Glenn Wilson

If the bond passes, and the work is performed by local contractors, a great deal of that money will stay here circulating in our economy. On the other hand, most of the money will disappear if outsiders are brought in. It would be useful for voters to know VISD's intentions in that regard before the election. Also, I doubt that any VISD board members are qualified to act as Construction Manager overseeing the work performed by contractors, so is VISD planning to hire one or simply trust the contractors to do it right, according to the contract, drawings and specifications, without knowledgeable oversight? (bad idea!) One last thing, our expectation is that VISD will hire the General Contractor through a bid process, open and above board, rather than pull in a no-bid mystery contractor as was done by the Victoria County Commissioners for the post-Harvey airport repairs. Is VISD planning to have an A&E (Architectural & Engineering) firm do the design work, drawings and specifications which will be given to contractors to bid on? Or will bidding be based on the "design/build" concept?

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