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SISD celebrates groundbreaking ceremony for new Eastlake area combo school

SISD Board, staff and community members at groundbreaking

The Socorro Independent School District celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 14 for a new combination school being built in the Eastlake area as part of SISD’s Bond 2017.

SISD Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D., board trustees, administrators, contractor, and architect representatives attended the ceremony. Construction of the combo school will be funded by the $448.5 million bond that SISD voters approved in November 2017.

The new campus, which will be located at 12750 Bob Hope Dr., will include an elementary and a middle school designed similar to other combo schools in the district, which have shared facilities such as the cafeteria kitchen and library.

“Just like all of our recent schools, this one will have state of the art technology, open classrooms, collaborative learning spaces and, of course, the athletic facilities for the middle school, which is all part of the Bond 2017 program,” said SISD Chief Operations Officer Tom Eyeington.

The new elementary and middle schools will be the 50th and 51st schools in the district. The elementary school will accommodate some 800 students and the middle school about 1,000 students.

“This is such a growing area in our district,” said James Kotter, Bond Accountability Committee vice chair. “It is essential that we provide adequate space for all the new families who want to make Team SISD their district of choice.”

The new campus will serve the rapidly expanding east side of the district and alleviate Col. John O. Ensor Middle School in the Eastlake feeder area.

Mijares-Mora Architects designed the new schools and Banes General Contractors will build the $60 million facility. The schools will cover more than 294,400 square feet on roughly 35 acres of land.

“It’s an exciting time here at Team SISD,” said José Espinoza, Ed.D. “I believe every family should have the right to attend their neighborhood school. I can’t wait to receive those students here in a couple of years.”

The Bond 2017 program is allowing SISD to add new campuses to keep up with growth in the district and make improvements to existing facilities. Two projects in Bond 2017 include the new Cactus Trails Elementary School, which was completed in 2019, and the highly anticipated reconstruction of Socorro High School, which is currently under way.

Other projects include improvements at Americas, El Dorado and Montwood high schools, auxiliary gyms at 16 elementary schools, a new Student Activities Complex, and a new technology and support service facility.

To learn more about Bond 2017, visit

Published January 26, 2021

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