Three Pasadena ISD elementary schools, all more than half a century old, will be replaced with new campuses hinging on voter support of the proposed $175.5 million school bond reaching the polls November 4, 2014.
Pomeroy, L.F. Smith and Mae Smythe elementary schools are the campuses affected. The reason is simple: age.
These facilities have become obsolete, many of them built for a capacity far surpassed many years ago. The campuses have also succumb to wear and tear after thousands of students have walked their halls.
Above: Ceiling Damage at L.F. Smith Elementary, built in 1958.
The cost of renovating these campuses, to provide needed repairs and to bring them up to date with technology standards and capacity guidelines, now exceeds the cost of building new campuses.
Each of these campuses has unique concerns – flooding, electrical and foundation at L.F. Smith, plumbing and air conditioning at Mae Smythe, termites and obsolete equipment at Pomeroy. All of them share some overarching issues like foundation problems, antiquated plumbing systems and extensive use of portable buildings.
After a walkthrough of his campus, Pomeroy Elementary School Principal, Stephen Harding said, “If this was your home, you wouldn’t fix this with a Band-Aid. You would correct and eliminate the problem.”
As a result of these problems, the Future Facilities Committee (FFC) felt that attempting to make temporary repairs to these larger issues would not be the best use of taxpayer money therefore the committee recommended replacement campuses.
Above: Damage to a classroom wall at Mae Smythe Elementary, built in 1954.
With voter approval these replacements will provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for the students at these campuses, bring them up to ADA standards and give students access to new technologies.
Above: Damage to flooring at Pomeroy Elementary, built in 1958.
The Bond Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4. To see a complete list of 2014 School Bond projects visit www.pasadenaisd.org.