$29M Medical Academy sitework in Brownsville$29M Medical Academy sitework in Brownsvillehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=55352013-12-10T10:12:00Z2013-12-09T00:00:00Z

BROWNSVILLE, SAN BENITO - The South Texas Independent School District (STISD) has begun preconstruction on the $29 million, 181,495-sf Medical Academy located on a 20-acre site across Expy. 77/83 from Rancho Viejo.

The new Medical Academy will accommodate 750 to 800 students while replacing the current South Texas Academy for Medical Professions located at 151 Helen Moore Rd. in San Benito.

The school has operated at STISD’s original San Benito Campus since 2003. The San Benito campus, in turn, will be converted into a new middle school to serve Cameron County seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Plans call for the Medical Academy to open in fall 2015 — the same time as the new Rio Grande Valley medical school that will be part of the merged University of Texas at Brownsville and UT-Pan American in Edinburg.

“We’re looking to make sure there’s a seamless transition from our high school into the new medical school — and then that the students get the credentials to go out and practice, whether as a doctor, nurse, technician or other medical professional, here in the Valley,” said STISD Superintendent Marla Guerra.

STISD is the only all-magnet public school district in Texas. In addition to the Medical Academy, the district operates campuses in Mercedes, the South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) and the Science Academy of South Texas (Sci Tech). The South Texas Business, Education and Technology Academy (BETA), and the district’s middle school, the South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) are in Edinburg.

The district serves 3,400 students overall, about 450 of them from Brownsville. The current Medical Academy in San Benito has about 500 students, according to Deputy Superintendent Jeff Hembree.

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