San Marcos CISD's DeZavala Elementary renovations on schedule for August completion

The upgrade is part of San Marcos CISD's 2017 campus improvement bond. (Screenshot courtesy SMCISD)
The upgrade is part of San Marcos CISD's 2017 campus improvement bond. (Screenshot courtesy SMCISD)

The upgrade is part of San Marcos CISD's 2017 campus improvement bond. (Screenshot courtesy SMCISD)

The project to renovate DeZavala Elementary School is on pace to be complete in August.

The upgrade is part of San Marcos CISD's 2017 campus improvement bond. Combined, all of the projects earmarked through the $107 million bond 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 DeZavala upgrade accounts for $12.9 million of the total bond package, and information from the district states that so far, almost $9.9 million has been spent. The project still has roughly $6 million left in costs, which will create a nearly $3 million overshoot on the estimated budget, according to a district document.

Bernie Sandoval, the district’s director of construction management, told the board during its Jan. 19 meeting that Phases 1 and 2 were completed in November 2020 and August 2020, respectively. Those phases involved the addition of a new entryway and administration area as well as upgrades to the kindergarten and first-grade wings and the main hallway.

Phase 3, which involves a renovation of the library, should be complete by the end of May, and Phase 3B, which will upgrade the second- through fifth-grade wings, the kitchen and the cafeteria, has an estimated completion time of Aug. 20.

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. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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