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Aloe Elementary School will need more than $1 million to repair damage sustained by Hurricane Harvey.

The Victoria school district’s Board of Trustees plans to take action on the design-build contract for the elementary school at Thursday’s board meeting.

The work includes bringing the renovated area up to current codes and standards, new interior finishes, replacing and infilling old windows, new roofing and lighting, said Shawna Currie, district communications director.

The action will also include authorizing an additional $116,000 above the insurance budgeted amount of $1.5 million.

The board will review the project, discuss it and then take action, Currie said.

Sledge Engineering would be the contractor and Weaver and Jacobs Constructors would do the work, she said.

In other business, the board plans to discuss a performance contract with the University of Houston-Victoria at Crain Elementary School and Patti Welder Middle School that the superintendent will negotiate.

The opportunity comes from the Texas Education Agency and Senate Bill 1882, which encourages school districts to enter partnerships with universities or charter school operators to promote student success.

The university’s proposed contract includes working with the district to review campus staff and data to decide whether more staff positions, such as social worker and a behavioral specialist, are needed at Crain Elementary School and Patti Welder Middle School.

Each school would receive an additional $1,921 per student per year for each of the two years the campus is involved in the partnership.

Gabriella Canales reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6578.

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Gabriella Canales graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a B.A. in English in 2016. Feel free to contact her with ideas because she is eager to tell stories.

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