Two new schools in Pflugerville inching toward construction as bids set to go out by early October

Pflugerville ISD is on schedule to break ground on two new campuses before the end of year.

Pflugerville ISD is on schedule to break ground on two new campuses before the end of year.

Two of the three school campuses included in Pflugerville ISD’s 2018 voter-approved bond package are soon set to go to bid, one of the last steps necessary before construction can begin, district officials told the Board of Trustees Sept. 26.

“We are at a milestone tonight,” said David Vesling, executive director of Facilities & Support Services for PfISD.

The district’s 22nd elementary school and seventh middle school, to be located on a site near the corner of Pleasanton Parkway and Weiss Lane in eastern Pflugerville, are on track to break ground by this winter, according to district documents. Those projects are budgeted for $40 million and $61.1 million, respectively, paid with the district’s 2018 bond funds.

In a timeline presentation to trustees in early September, Vesling said the two campuses, designed to be constructed on the same site in east Pflugerville with adjoining facilities, will be ready to occupy in just under two years. The elementary school is scheduled to open initially in April 2021.

OTHER NOTES FROM PFISD


WEISS HIGH SCHOOL TO GET SPORTS VENUE IMPROVEMENT
Trustees approved the construction of a ticket booth at Weiss High School. According to district officials, the school does not currently have an appropriate box office for sporting events and are exposed to the elements.

“I [have] witnessed them getting rained on one game. It was cold and rainy,” said PfISD Trustee Renae Mitchell.

The new ticketing booth will cost the district $139,868.

TRUSTEES APPROVE FUNDS FOR SECURITY UPGRADES
PfISD will soon replace 1,100 cameras district-wide with funds from its 2018 bond earmarked to go towards security features and equipment upgrades.

Approximately $1.5 million will go to replacing those cameras and 700 door panels and security badges in the first big project from the district’s security projects paid with 2018 bond funds.

According to district documents, a total $8.61 million in 2018 bond funds is budgeted for security upgrades for cameras, access controls, intrusion detection, fencing and pedestrian safety features.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.