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Marshall I.S.D. bond election divides community
A local school district is fighting to bring its old campuses into the 21st century with its first bond election in nearly 30 years. People living in Marshall are divided over this issue. Some say --no more taxes while others believe renovations are long overdue. 57 is the average age of public schools in Marshall. Maintenance is costing the district $4 million a year and that's why Dudley Swofford believes the time is now to pass a $150 million bond issue. Angela Powell says, “I don’t want the taxes to go up.” Right now Marshall has the lowest school tax rate in east Texas, but there hasn't been a school bond election in nearly 30 years. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:37

Marshall school chief takes more questions at bond forum
Marshall ISD held another bond forum Thursday evening at First United Methodist Church where district Superintendent Marc Smith answered more questions. Residents were curious to know whether or not MISD had selected an architect to plan the buildings that would be built should the bond pass next month. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:18

Hardin ISD voters to decide on new elementary school
Hardin ISD would like to build a new elementary school, and to that end the school board has schedule a bond election for this coming May 10. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:01

Midland: MISD approves maximum price for 2 new elementaries
Midland ISD’s board of trustees unanimously approved a $36,932,000 guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the district’s two new elementary schools -- Barbara Fasken Elementary in the Vineyard development and the west Midland Legends Park school. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 07:55

Crane ISD in the Talks of Building a New High School and Middle School
Crane-Board members of Crane ISD are in the early stages of discussing plans to build a new high school and middle school in the near future. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 07:50

Harlingen: HCISD chooses contractor through ranking
The Harlingen school board is considering more than prices when hiring contractors. At its Tuesday meeting, the school board voted to hire Alpha Construction to make modifications, construction work and additions of pavilions, canopies and restroom additions on seven elementary schools and two middle schools. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:30

Midway ISD weighs in on dance floor with $15M additions
Midway Independent School District broke ground on two large additions totaling $15 million. The additions include a student activity center and a fine arts wing. The fine arts wing will add about 25,000 sf to the high school. A dance hall, practice rooms and ensemble rooms for music and a black box theater are some features being added. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:10

Milano ISD trustees, community study facilities needs
Facilities and finances were the primary topics of discussion at last week’s ‘public meeting’ of the Milano Independent School District Board of Trustees. The seating in the high school cafetorium was arranged with the school board on one side of the room, school administration officials on the other side, and the middle being occupied by citizens. Each of these groups had a chance to speak. Milano ISD Superintendent Robert Westbrook started the discussion by saying that the ‘State of the District Report’ had been presented to the school board and that the ‘Facilities’ section of that report would be the meeting’s focus. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:10

College Station ISD planning funding, timeline for bond projects
After College Station voters approved an $83.5-million bond package to benefit CSISD schools at the beginning of the month, the district jumped into the process of planning each of the 10 projects. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:04

Highland Park ISD trustees OK portables purchase for University Park Elementary
Highland Park ISD trustees on Tuesday approved the purchase of two portable buildings for University Park Elementary School. The buildings cost $27,200 each. Plans call for enclosing the portables on the north side of the school, said Tim Turner, the district's assistant superintendent for business services. Officials discussed the portable classrooms in March as a temporary solution to the district's space shortage. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 07:49

Walk-through turnout low ahead of White Oak school bond election
Dr. Keith Pannell stepped into a biology laboratory Thursday in White Oak High School and caught a familiar scent. “Mmmm,” he said. “That’s the smell. I remember that.” View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 07:47

White Oak ISD facilities tour to preview bond vote
White Oak school taxpayers are encouraged by district officials to join a walk-through today of the high school and field house. The tour is before next month’s $25.2 million bond election that would replace the school and field house. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 08:33

Harlingen: HCISD votes on construction projects
The Harlingen school board voted this week in favor of Alpha Construction working on several campuses. Alpha Construction was selected to do construction, modifications and additions of pavilions, canopies and restroom additions on seven elementary schools and two middle schools. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 08:20

Houston: Report: Delays in roof repairs led to costly damage at HISD campus
The Houston school district has allowed roof problems at an East End school to linger for seven years despite warnings and repeated leaks that damaged computers, other equipment and recent renovations, an internal investigation confirmed. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 08:15

Midway Independent School District broke ground Tuesday on two large additions totaling $15 million.
Midway Independent School District broke ground Tuesday on two large additions totaling $15 million. The student activity center and fine arts wing are the big-ticket items financed through a $34.5 million bond passed last May. On Tuesday, school officials, students, trustees and construction representatives gathered at Midway High School to celebrate the start of work on the structures. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 08:10

Port Aransas: Proud of PAISD
It is hard to believe that it has been one year since Port Aransas voters overwhelmingly approved a $3.5 million bond package. The money did not sit idle for very long and we put the funds to work immediately. Over $750,830 of budgeted items were completed in 2013. Our actual expenses were $555,531. That adds up to a savings of $195,299. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 07:45

Tatum ISD board tours updated facilities
School board members saw the fruits of community efforts this week as they toured facilities now open to 1,715 Tatum ISD students. View Article ]   Apr 10, 2014, 07:45

Marshall: MISD chief talks bond at forum
At the MISD bond forum, held at Bethesda Baptist Church Monday evening, residents asked Superintendent Marc Smith about numerous aspects of the upcoming bond election. View Article ]   Apr 9, 2014, 08:35

Manor ISD hopes voters will approve $125 million school bond
The money would be spent to add on and improve Manor high school build a third middle school and a ninth elementary school. Manor ISD Executive Director for Financial Operations Dan Arrigona says the good news is it's not going to cost taxpayers any additional money, "Our tax base and the Chapter 313 tax agreement the district has with the Samsung Corporation can support up to $125 million dollar bond without a tax increase." View Article ]   Apr 9, 2014, 08:20

Frisco Chamber slates Frisco ISD bond question and answer session
The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is inviting owners interested in discovering how Frisco ISD’s $775 million bond program will affect their business to a question and answer session on April 11. View Article ]   Apr 9, 2014, 08:15

Gladewater residents tour elementary school ahead of school bond election; second look at building conditions set for Thursday at middle school
If Gladewater ISD voters approve a $35 million bond in May, the district does not yet know what it will do with the Broadway Elementary School and Gladewater Middle School buildings. View Article ]   Apr 9, 2014, 08:09

Northside: More school security proposed in bond issue
In the post-Sandy Hook Elementary era, the Northside Independent School District's 2014 bond addresses security at all levels, inside and out. The idea is, Northside officials say, if an atrocity of this capacity could occur in a quiet Connecticut city known for its pumpkin patches and dollar movie nights at the town hall, it could happen anywhere. They add they want to increase safety and security at every school in the district and are proposing $8.28 million to meet that end with projects beginning at the gates and ending in the classroom.   Apr 9, 2014, 07:49

Community groups show support for Marshall ISD bond
Since the Marshall school bond election was called in late February, numerous organizations have declared their support in the bid for new schools. View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 08:34

San Marcos breaking ground on new Pre-K center
A new pre-kindergarten center is coming to San Marcos. The district is breaking ground today on the $12.7 million facility. According to the district: The new pre-kindergarten center will be sited at the Old Bowie campus. The Old Bowie campus will be demolished and replaced with a new 600 student facility. The existing cafeteria building is in good condition and will be renovated and re-purposed for the new pre-kindergarten facility. The new facility will include 27 classrooms, special education classrooms, computer labs, a music room, an activity room, and a library. View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 08:10

Clear Creek ISD breaks ground for Challenger Columbia Stadium
A community converged on bare land at 2145 W. NASA Blvd. to officially break ground where a stadium complex will stand tall by fall 2015. View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 07:45

Houston: Rusk debuts new building wing for middle schoolers
Students accompanied guests down the hallways of the school to an outdoor walkway that leads to a new two-story building addition. The 21st century learning areas feature smart boards, document cameras, flexible student seating, and large windows – some of which overlook downtown Houston. View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 07:45

Wichita Falls: WFISD takes on questions at forum
Community members peppered Superintendent John Frossard and Board Chairman Kevin Goldstein with questions. View Article ]   Apr 8, 2014, 07:45

Dickinson: What’s at stake in DISD bond proposal
The Dickinson school district is proposing to build a new education village featuring an elementary and middle school to house its booming student population. To fund it, voters will be asked in May to approve a $56 million bond proposal. View Article ]   Apr 7, 2014, 08:36

Marshall: District intends to keep historic junior high school
At 89 years old, Marshall Junior High School is a landmark in Marshall and concern has been raised regarding the fate of the school should the MISD bond election pass in May. View Article ]   Apr 7, 2014, 08:35

$25.2M White Oak ISD bond proposal up for debate
Voters in White Oak ISD can judge for themselves whether they back a $25.2 million plan to build a new high school and field house beginning Thursday. View Article ]   Apr 7, 2014, 08:15


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