San Marcos CISD’s Miller Middle School upgrade on pace for August 2021 completion

Miller Middle School is expected to be complete in August 2021, according to district information. (Rendering courtesy San Marcos CISD)
Miller Middle School is expected to be complete in August 2021, according to district information. (Rendering courtesy San Marcos CISD)

Miller Middle School is expected to be complete in August 2021, according to district information. (Rendering courtesy San Marcos CISD)

Progress is moving forward for improvements to Miller Middle School as part of San Marcos CISD's 2017 campus improvement bond.

Bernie Sandoval, the district’s director of construction management, told the board during its Nov. 16 regular meeting that combined all of the projects earmarked through the $107 million bond are so far on pace for an estimated cumulative savings of $3.92 million.

Those projects include additions and renovations to San Marcos High School, districtwide technology and security upgrades, renovations to elementary school campuses, and additions and improvements to Miller Middle School.

The $19.6 million Miller Middle School improvements project, Sandoval said, has just completed the remodeling of three of the campus’ wings.

Regarding cost of the upgrade, district information shows the project is currently $10.74 million into its total booked expenditures, with a projected balance of $8.86 million on its budgeted total.

Sandoval said the estimated remaining cost of the Miller project sits at about $10.6 million, giving it a budgeted overshoot of about $1.75 million.

However, Sandoval said when tallied with significant projected savings from other projects within the 2017 improvement bond, the district is still looking at almost $4 million in total savings.

The next phase of the Miller Middle School upgrade will see the facility get improvements to its third and second floors, including its library and administrative offices, Sandoval said.

Phase 1 has an April 2021 end date and includes a new orchestra room, a band hall and offices, Sandoval said.

Specifically, Sandoval listed completed initiatives at Miller Middle School to include a first-floor fire sprinkler, interior framing on the first floor, an added heating and air conditioning duct, and improvements to the science labs.

With regard to work scheduled into December, the campus will see more heating and air conditioning ducts, insulation and fireproofing, among other improvements and additions, Sandoval said.
Improvements and additions to Miller Middle School are expected to be complete in August 2021, according to district information.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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