There is no change to the Corpus Christi Independent School District’s plan to build the new Mary Carroll High School. At least not yet anyway.
The district recently announced it would consider finding another site because of concerns from residents and the U.S. Navy.
The district, however, did award a Construction Manager At Risk services contract to Fulton Coastacon General Contractors. During the discussion, it was revealed Fulton Coastcon was the only bidder, despite the district sending Requests for Proposal to several contractors.
One of the contractors who received that RFP told KRIS 6 News that several contractors in the Coastal Bend feel CCISD sets up its bid process in favor of Fulton Coastcon.
“They ask for a resume from different contractors, and if those resumes don’t exactly check all of those boxes, there’s no way to get 100 points,” said Michael Miller with Teal Construction. “Fulton Coastcon consistently gets 100 points on all of these proposals.”
According to Miller, Fulton Coastcon is the only firm that can score 100 because of its past work with CCISD.
Also, former City Councilman Chad Magill read a letter sent to the board by a friend, retired Navy Commander Gene Cran. Cdr. Cran flew for the Navy for 20 years, 15 of them stationed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
“He had done literally hundreds, if not thousands of touch-and-gos at Cabaniss Field through the years,” said Magill. “His first response was “my children aren’t going to go to that school.”
You can read Commander Cran’s letter to the CCISD Board of Trustees below: