With the school year approaching, students at San Diego Independent School District will not be at the new Bernarda Jaime Junior High School due to rain delays in construction.
“The building is approximately 60 percent complete,” said Superintendent Dr. Samuel Bueno. “The completion date keeps moving mostly due to rain. Unfortunately, the building will not be ready for the start of new school year but progress is being made.”
Faculty and and staff along with SDISD Board of Trustees had a groundbreaking ceremony in July 2014 with the project's completion date set for August 2015. Construction was expected to last about 10 months. The architects for the project are LaMarr Womack and Associates and the contractors are Texas Descon.
During the district school board meeting on June 24, the contractors and the board of trustees discussed the construction project. An action item was listed on the agenda stating Bueno would have the authority to terminate the contract and start negotiations with a bond company for the project's completion.
“There was no action on that item,” Bueno said. “The rain has caused major delays in the project and the construction company is having a hard time securing subcontractors.”
The district went out for a bond election in 2010 and with the support of the community they were able to obtain the appropriate amount of money to pay for the project. The estimated cost of the project is $11 million.
Superintendent Dr. Samuel Bueno said the new building would include brand new classrooms equipped with the latest technology, state of the art science labs, an 80 student band hall, an 800 seat gym, computer labs, library and a full service kitchen and cafeteria.
Once the new junior high school is built and ready to be used the old building will be demolished. A new walking trail will also be built next to the new school.
Bueno plans to meet with the construction company on July 6 to determine the new completion date.