Two years after SAISD voters approved a $500,000 bond package, renovations on the districts historic Alamo Stadium have finally broken ground.
Ten athletes from each of the district's middle and high schools ceremoniously broke through a banner in pep rally fashion as the keys to Alamo Stadium were handed off to contractors to begin the 18-month reconstruction. Alamo Stadium is a piece of history for the entire city.
The $35 million in renovations is the largest since the stadium was built in 1939 using rocks from the quarry that is now the zoo.
The walls surrounding the Tobin Center construction site are now adorned with paintings created by SAISD students to serve as a tribute to the vision of the performing arts center as construction continues.
Omar Leos, the district’s visual and theater arts coordinator, said 280 students helped design 36 4 ft. by 4 ft. panels that now line the construction zone
"Instead of having just a regular fence blocking the construction site, there’ll be public art displayed by students of San Antonio ISD," Leos said.
Students in the San Antonio and Judson Independent School Districts are on notice that warrants could be issued if they have been skipping school. Parents and kids have just two weeks to clear up any truancy issues before pick-up orders are activated.
Judge Rogelio Lopez of the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace court said he sees hundreds of students from Judson and SAISD each year, and students missing school has a dramatic effect on the drop-out rate.
An SAISD special needs bus is inspected by SAFD and district officials. The three people inside – the driver, an assistant, and a student – were all taken to University Hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries.
Three people remain in recovery after an SAISD school bus jumped the guard rail on interstate 37 and plummeted fifteen feet to the ground; the district and SAPD are investigating the accident.
San Antonio police say the SAISD bus was traveling northbound on I-37 around 4:45 p.m. Thursday when another vehicle struck it, causing the bus to careen off the freeway and land front of a Comfort Suites hotel off East Houston St..
Sherry Chaudhry is the owner of the hotel and she said she and others in her office heard screeching coming from the freeway.
The accident happened around 8:00 a.m. at Foster Rd. and Candle Meadow. Bexar County Sheriff’s Lt. Jose Trevino said the SAISD bus was traveling north on Foster when witnesses say the driver appeared to lose control and the bus jumped the median.
“It collided head-on with the Judson School District bus that was going south on Foster," said Trevino. "The San Antonio bus then kept going and collided with the fence of two residences here.”
The unidentified 63-year-old female driver was killed, it’s unknown if a medical condition caused the accident or her death.
After spending nearly two years on planning, design and gathering community input, the money from the SAISD’s 2010 Bond is starting to dig deep.
Some of the 22 SAISD facilities receiving drastic renovations are 100 years old. SAISD Interim Superintendent Sylvester Perez said updates will allow students to have the same opportunities as other school districts.
“Not just modernizing them," said Perez, " but meeting the educational needs of the 21st century."
Encouraging residents to become fit and healthy has been a major goal for the city, and San Antonio Independent School District is now joining in. The district is certifying each of its P.E. teachers in Zumba to promote a healthy lifestyle for students and to offer free classes to the community.