Outdated HVAC, non-compliant buildings on high priority list for Victoria I.S.D. bond planning taskforce

VICTORIA, Texas – A middle school lacking a readily-accessible entrance.

Gas lines that are rusted and leaking.

These are just two of the six high-priority items presented to the Victoria I.S.D.’S bond planning task force Tuesday night. 

Electrical, plumbing, roofs and HVAC were the other areas on the high-priority list. 

Several of these focus areas in buildings across the district are not compliant with code. 

“Campuses were definitely built to comply with code at the time they were built,” said Greg Bonewald, Victoria I.S.D. Deputy Superintendent of Operations. “But as you can imagine as you look at the ages of our facilities, many of them were built at a time that was before codes even existed.”

The task force also heard from Victoria I.S.D. Superintendent Quintin Shepherd and Melissa Correll, Victoria I.S.D. Director of Innovation. Correll presented what it would look like once the district implements Blended Learning and STEM pathways.

At least $545,000 in grant monies have already been acquired. 

“So the question for all of you and our community, the question that we should be asking ourselves is ‘Would anybody ever try to launch a jet from a dirt road?’ and all the other stuff the infrastructure that makes it possible,” Shepherd said. “The last place we want to be as a school district with the findings and directions and our charge with these pathways to have the jet and not have it take off.” 

The task force expects to present a bond proposal to the school board in February and would go to a public vote in the Spring.

The next bond planning task force meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday.