Bexar County to Bankroll New Digital Library, Parking Garage Near SAISD’s Fox Tech

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The SAISD school board as of May 13, 2019.

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San Antonio Independent School District's board of trustees on Monday voted to approve funding partnerships with Bexar County, which will foot the bill for nearly $20 million in projects near Fox Tech High School.

Bexar County is set to put nearly $20 million toward building a parking garage near Fox Tech High School and a BiblioTech digital public library on the same campus after San Antonio Independent School District trustees approved partnership agreements with the County on Monday night.

“We’ve been able to cobble up resources to build that central office to ensure that we didn’t use bond dollars for that,” Superintendent Pedro Martinez said of the new central office headquarters still under construction. “We didn’t have the resources for the parking lot.”

The County will construct the new garage, located near San Pedro Creek and Fox Tech’s campus. The $17.2 million, 600-parking-space garage will provide parking to district employees who will work at the new central office headquarters, currently being built on Fox Tech’s former football field.

Construction on the new central office facility is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021. The parking garage’s completion is expected at the same time, according to district officials.

The district will enter into a 30-year lease agreement for employees to use the garage on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The garage will then be open to the public on nights and weekends.

Bexar County commissioners unanimously approved the funding and shared-use agreement for the parking garage and the future BiblioTech location at its Tuesday meeting.

“It’s going to be a great venture. It’s the first time we’ve ever partnered like this with a school district,” Wolff said Tuesday

Bexar County is also helping to develop a new library, dubbed BiblioTech EDU. It will be a new version of BiblioTech, the digital library with three locations in the county. Bexar County will spend $2.7 million to redesign and renovate the existing Fox Tech library by 2021.

Fox Tech’s new library will feature spaces for robotics, a recording studio, learning lab, makerspace, outdoor classroom, and community lecture rooms, according to an SAISD document.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff told trustees Monday night that the Fox Tech BiblioTech model will be a new venture for the County, twice as big as any other currently existing BiblioTech.

The space will serve students from Advanced Learning Academy, CAST Tech High School, and Fox Tech High School. The public will be able to access the space from 3 to 8 p.m. on weekdays. Members of Bexar County’s Commissioner’s Court approved the funding for the update at a June meeting.

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