Veterans Memorial High School is only three years old and is already experiencing problems that are costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In documents obtained by KRIS 6 News, the Corpus Christi Independent School District’s legal department admits to paying Elite Exterminating $199,500 for termite control and eradication at the high school this summer.
In a statement sent to KRIS 6 News today, CCISD spokesperson Leanne Libby said:
“After learning of the presence of termites at Veterans Memorial High School, CCISD worked to address the issue as well as put a prevention plan in place. Termites were found in a workroom, an agricultural science room, in an office and in several areas along the building’s perimeter. To maximize student and staff safety, the entire campus was treated over a period of two weeks at the beginning of the summer break. The campus is being monitored regularly, and the service, paid through the district’s general fund, carries a 5-year warranty. Buildings constructed in the district since that time include installing a termite shield under the foundation. CCISD continues to improve practices and to care for all district properties.”
The Texas Department of Agriculture has no record of pre-construction termite treatment at Veterans Memorial High School. The district acknowledges that no termite treatment treatment was done during the construction phase at VMHS, resulting in this summer’s costly repairs.
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