Five million dollars is the amount that Waco ISD is reporting as under budget for its two upcoming construction projects–Kendrick Elementary and South Waco Elementary.
Waco ISD Chief Officer of Operations and Facilities Gloria Barrera said the South Waco Elementary School project is $3,609,000 under the revised budget.
“Through the diligence of O’Connell Robertson, Mazanec Construction, and BWC Education Group, we sit where we do today, in a position to complete much needed alternates for the South Waco Project including a gymnasium, kitchen remodel, parking lot addition, rooftop unit replacement, outdoor learning area, interior corridor finishes, and additional casework replacement.” Barrera said.
Once renovations are completed in the Spring of 2025, South Waco Elementary will be 91,600 square feet with a capacity for 750 students. The construction cost for the South Waco addition and renovations is $26.3 million. A groundbreaking event is scheduled for February 2.
Barrera also shared with trustees that Kendrick Elementary School is $1.4 million under its revised budget. The new state-of-the-art facility will be 93,000 square feet with a capacity for 750 students. The construction cost for Kendrick Elementary School is $40.9 million and scheduled to be completed in May 2025.
Kendrick's students returned from the holiday break to the campus of the former Indian Spring Middle School as preparations are made for the former Kendrick Elementary to be demolished starting in February.
The new Kendrick Elementary School is being built as a result of a $355 million bond program that was passed by voters in 2021. This bond allowed for five schools to be replaced, including Kendrick Elementary School, Tennyson Middle School, Waco High School, and G.W. Carver Middle School. This bond program also provided funding for extensive renovations at South Waco Elementary School.