Major renovation projects at Leander ISD high schools move forward

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Several major renovation projects in Leander ISD are underway.

At a meeting April 18, district trustees unanimously approved three guaranteed maximum prices, or GMPs, for projects at Vandegrift, Vista Ridge and Leander high schools. Trustees Pamela Waggoner and Elexis Grimes were absent.

A GMP is an agreement between the district and a contractor, setting the limit of how much the district will pay for a project. These costs are already allocated in LISD’s budget.

The board of trustees approved a GMP of $10.22 million for the beginning of a project for classroom additions, INCubatoredu program facility renovations and security upgrades at Vandegrift High School.

This funding will cover initial costs for the project as well as some of the construction phase and long-lead procurement items, according to district documents. The project is slated to have a total cost of around $31.25 million, funded through the 2017 bond, according to the district’s budget. In the future, LISD’s trustees will approve additional costs for other portions of the project, tentatively in October, according to LISD documents.

LISD’s board also signed off on a GMP of approximately $3.03 million for Leander High School projects at the April meeting. This is the second time a GMP for the items has come before the trustees, who approved one totaling around $1.12 million in December. The total project cost is around $4.95 million, funded by the 2017 bond, according to the district’s budget.

This project will offer renovations for Leander’s career and technical education classrooms and theater arts black box, renovations and additions to the agricultural barn, improve the softball complex’s safety and upgrade security at the school, according to district documents.

Lastly, the board approved a GMP of approximately $1.85 million for renovations at Vista Ridge High School, including Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps building renovations and additions, INCubatoredu program facility renovations and security upgrades, according to district documents. A second GMP for the project could come forward at a future date currently undetermined, according to the documents.

The board is set to vote on a third GMP for a project for renovations and additions at Cedar Park High School—including athletic improvements, security upgrades and more—at a May meeting.

“This will complete the project as far as contractual obligations moving forward,” said Jimmy Disler, LISD’s chief facilities and operations officer.

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Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.
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