Christopher Maher

Alice Echo-News Journal

SAN DIEGO Ė Destruction of the old Bernarda Jaime Junior High School building is scheduled to begin later this month, according to information provided to the San Diego Independent School District Board of Trustees Wednesday.

Superintendent Luis Pizzini provided the board with copies of correspondence from Astex Environmental Services confirming that asbestos has been removed from the building to levels that would be suitable for re-occupancy.

A pre-demolition meeting with M and M Contracting is scheduled to be held April 21, Pizzini said, and equipment should begin arriving on the scene on April 23. Demolition of the building is currently scheduled to begin on April 28.

Those dates could be subject to change, however, Pizzini said Wednesday.

In March, the board voted unanimously to hire M and M Contractors, a San Antonio company, to complete the demolition of the old junior high school, at a cost of $193,986.

Once the old junior high school building is demolished, a new elementary school will be constructed on the site.

In other business Wednesday, the board voted to approve the 2008-2009 School District Calendar and to approve a new contract with the company Canine Contraband Detection for next school year.

The board also voted to include the purchase of new bleachers for the high school baseball and softball fields in the 2008-2009 budget. The estimated cost of the new bleachers is $15,000, Pizzini said.

The board also voted to approve the submission of an application for the Vision 2020 grant for the San Diego High School. If awarded, the $500,000 grant would be used to provide laptop computers for the districtís high school students, similar to a program currently used by the districtís junior high students.

The board also approved a $147,000 contract for property and casualty insurance with Property Casualty Alliance of Texas. Because of the extended length of the five year contract, the district will receive a 12.2 percent discount from the company, Pizzini said.