Construction of New Uvalde Elementary School Paused as Foundation Reviews More Bids

The Uvalde foundation, spearheading the planning efforts for a new school to replace Robb Elementary, is facing a delay in officially commencing construction as it carefully evaluates additional bids to ensure the most favorable cost of construction. Originally aiming to begin construction in November, the foundation now finds itself uncertain about the start date.

A groundbreaking event for the yet-to-be-named new school, with a budget of $60 million and expected to feature extensive security upgrades, took place in late October. However, even at that time, the Uvalde Moving Forward Foundation had not yet signed a contract with a contractor. Now, it seems that the signing will not occur until 2024, when the foundation will receive and assess the details of a second construction firm’s bid.

The foundation reveals that the initial contractor, whose bid amounted to $70 million, exceeded the budget allocated for the new elementary school. Consequently, the foundation needs to complete its analysis before finalizing the plans and securing the necessary remaining funding to initiate construction.

In designing the safety features of the new campus, the foundation sought input from local families, including those who tragically lost children in the May 2022 massacre at Robb Elementary. These safety features include nine-foot-tall privacy gates, keyless entry points, and a dedicated road to facilitate easier access for first responders.

Moreover, the new school will encompass an air-conditioned gym and two playgrounds, one of which will cater to children with special needs. Tim Miller, the executive director of the Uvalde Moving Forward Foundation, expressed his gratitude to the Uvalde community for their patience and emphasized the foundation’s commitment to constructing the school promptly and cost-effectively.

Anticipated to take approximately 18 months to complete once construction commences, the school is unlikely to be ready to accommodate students until the 2025-26 academic year at the earliest.

For those interested in contributing to the fundraising efforts, donations can be made to support the foundation in securing the remaining $16 million needed to realize the construction of the school.

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