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MCISDlogoMISSION—The Mission CISD Board agreed to extend the contract of Superintendent Ricardo Lopez for one year at the regular meeting held Wednesday evening.  

Lopez was approved for hire with MCISD in July 2013. Hailing from El Paso, the superintendent has almost 20 years of experience working in education.

Board Secretary Patty Bazaldua recommended in a motion of the approval for legal counsel to create the new contract for the extension in accordance with the superintendent’s evaluation. The final amendments to Lopez’s compensation also needed to be applied by legal counsel to create the contract that would be signed by Board President Oscar Longoria.

The board also released a status update on the $1.7 million for safety initiatives that as approved in June 2013. An array of security changes were approved last year, after reports were made by principals on their safety concerns. The safety initiative includes the additions of magnetic locks, rolling gates and the installation of security cameras district wide.

The majority of secondary campuses and district facilities are at 95 percent completion of the installation of security cameras. Five elementary schools are at 95 percent camera completion, and all other secondary and elementary campuses are planned to be complete before the end of March. 

This month, the district will seek proposals for multiple initiatives that include: wireless panic buttons, magnetic locks for classroom doors, door annunciation and lighting. 

In other news, the board approved the central office building administrative program. The program is a 35-page document that describes every need from the new building by department. The preliminary construction budget for the central office stands at $9.5 million. 

Included in the total construction cost is landscaping for the new facility, parking for staff and demolition costs for the current administration building.

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