“We just want to make sure all the players are in place."
United-I-S-D board of trustees meet to discuss new projects funded by the bond passed in 2013. During the meeting staff will present information on various construction projects the district wants to complete this year. Assistant superintendent, Eddie Zuniga explains.
"We're going to present proposals such as classroom additions, cafeteria expansions, technology, etc.”
Thirteen construction projects were discussed and all were to make schools within the district better for students. One of the problems the district has is overcrowding. U.I.S.D board president, Javier Montemayor gives us any example.
“We have to transfer kids back and fourth from different schools even though they live across the street because of overcrowding.”
Current enrollment for this school year is a little over 43,000. Over the next 5 years that number is expected to grow by 4,000 more students and is why the district wants to make the necessary upgrades to school campuses.
Jamie Donjuan is a parent who has kids in the U-I-S-D school district and is happy the board is moving forward.
“As a parent it's great we have bonds that help our schools grow and a better environment for students."
The bond focuses on enhancing things like safety and security, technology, and renovations. Things Mr. Donjuan says will attract more teachers to Laredo.
“I think it attracts the right teachers. If you have great classrooms you’re going to get more teachers from other cities and better education for our kids as well.”