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The Troy School Board has voted unanimously to call a $18.25 million bond election on May 4. If approved, proceeds from the bond issue would fund “substantial additions and renovations at Troy High School and Mays Elementary as well as make improvements to Raymond Mays Middle and Troy Elementary schools,” the district said in a press release. view article arw

During the May 4 election, residents in the Bryan school district will have the chance to vote on a $12 million bond. Bryan school board members voted 5-0 Thursday to add the bond to the upcoming ballot. The bond, which is relatively small compared to most school bonds, will be used to address immediate needs. Those proposed project areas and their cost are as follows: safety and security concerns ($2,643,750), leaky roofs on five buildings ($4,193,640), school bus replacements ($2,800,000), CTE Center purchases ($1,000,000), maintenance work ($962,610) and a $400,000 contingency for any unexpected costs. view article arw

Residents living in Hutto ISD boundaries will see a $194.4 million bond proposal on their ballots this spring. Following months of committee meetings, the Hutto ISD board of trustees Feb. 14 voted unanimously to put the bond proposition on May’s ballot. “We’ve been going over this,” Hutto ISD board President Connie Gooding said. “This was not a hasty decision.” view article arw

The Nederland school board is moving forward with a bond proposal on the may ballot, more than $154 million which would go towards building a new high school, improving four of its elementary schools, and more. view article arw

The Katy ISD Future Farmers of America Livestock Show and Katy Rodeo kicked off Feb. 13 at new facilities. The new $34 million Gerald D. Young Agriculture Science Center is located at 5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, and includes the L.D. Robinson Pavilion and W.E. “Billy” Morgan Rodeo Arena, according to KISD documents. The pavilion and arena are each about 35,000 square feet, sitting on about 130 acres of land for KISD students to learn about agriculture. view article arw

A boost in school enrollment at Temple ISD prompts school leaders to plan ahead. In a unanimous vote, the purchase of land for a new school was approved. The proposal stems from a demographics study showing a boost in population in the southeast corner of the city. Developers are rolling out plans to build in the area in the coming years. Analysts say that more than 950 additional students are expected to enroll in this time. view article arw

The Seguin Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a bond election order that is for the consideration of $64.7 million in school building bonds. Seguin ISD said the proposition is for the consideration of $64.7 million in school building bonds with a tax increase not projected to exceed $0.05 per $100 assessed home valuation. The bond election is ordered for May 4. view article arw

A newly appointed budget committee and an Austin education consulting firm will help South San Independent School District prepare three shuttered campuses for reopening in time for the 2019-2020 school year.  School board members met Wednesday night for more than three hours to review presentations about the costs associated with reopening Athens elementary, Kazen middle, and West Campus high schools. view article arw

The South San Independent School District expects it will cost $5.6 million to reopen three schools that were shut down in recent years due to low enrollment. School board leaders at a special meeting Wednesday said the plan is to have schools reopen in time for the next school year. view article arw

The South San Independent School District board will meet on Wednesday to discuss a plan to reopen an elementary school and middle school that closed nearly two years ago, as well as a high school that closed almost 11 years ago. Board members are considering reopening Athens Elementary School, Kazen Middle School and West Campus High School, which has been closed since June 2008. Athens and Kazen closed in 2017. Currently, board members are reviewing a proposal to reopen the schools in just six months, in time for the 2019 - 2020 school year. view article arw

Dear Fort Bend ISD Board Trustees, We, a coalition of community members and elected officials, are writing to request that you halt the construction of your facility and keep the “Sugar Land 95” remains in their final resting place. We ask this of you to ensure justice for these people who suffered systemic and oppressive injustice during their lifetimes. view article arw

Tomball ISD trustees have approved the costs of projects from the $275 million bond approved by voters in 2017 that include a new agriculture barn, natatorium and other upgrades for six campuses. The board agreed to pay $48,200 to the inspection firm Winning Way Services to review the plans and additions to Tomball Intermediate School, Tomball High School and Tomball Memorial High School. view article arw

Louise ISD trustees approved calling a $10 million bond election this May at its board meeting Monday. That amount is less than the $15 million bond package that was first considered. It is still to be paid for over a 25-year-period. view article arw

A Palmview High School student questioned the need for La Joya’s multi-million dollar sports complex during Wednesday’s school board meeting. During the public comments of the meeting, Sophomore Raul Montoya said he attended a meeting by the “Advisory Pack” which said the district spent $21 million on their sports and learning complex, which houses a planetarium, an indoor pool, tennis courts, and a water park. view article arw

A Belton ISD graduate who studied construction trades in school is now helping build the new high school. “It came full circle, it feels good to go to school, give me all those opportunities, and then repay them back by building them a new school,” said Lyhue Penny. The skills he learned in the classroom blossomed into a career not far from home. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a resolution to declare 11 parcels of land as surplus and move forward well a sale advertisement for the land. According to the Denton County Appraisal District, the value of the land is approximately $38.8 million. view article arw

Klein ISD has spent $376 million to date of its 2015 school bond, which authorized $498.1 million for districtwide projects, said Robert Robertson, KISD associate superintendent of facility and school services, at the Feb. 11 KISD board of trustees meeting. About $122 million remains for 2019 and 2020, and Robertson said he expects $78 million will be spent this year. The cost for 2020 is yet to be determined and may be adjusted depending on priorities, he said. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees officially put more than 250 acres of mostly undeveloped land, the combined value of which is almost $40 million, up for sale at its regular meeting Monday night, Feb. 11. The board approved a resolution to allow for the advertisement and sale of 11 parcels of land all across the district, totaling at just over 254 acres. The board has been discussing the potential of selling more than 300 acres of undeveloped land for several months now, with most of the discussion centered around whether or not to hire a real estate broker or rely on in-house personnel. They eventually approved Cushman & Wakefield as real estate brokers last August. view article arw

The Board of Trustees for Brownfield ISD has unanimously approved calling for a bond election. view article arw

On February 8th, VLK Architects celebrated breaking ground on Brazosport ISD’s new O.M. Roberts Elementary. This state-of-the-art facility is the third iteration of a prototype funded by the district’s 2014 bond and will serve over 750 students in grades pre-kindergarten through four. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of bringing another new elementary school to the students, teachers and parents of Brazosport ISD. This new facility will continue the legacy of Roberts Elementary School and was designed to support Brazosport ISD’s commitment to excellent educational instruction,” said Todd Lien, Partner, VLK Architects. The new building is designed to promote outdoor engagement view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD voters face a $1.76 billion decision on May 4. CFISD board members on Monday called for a bond election to pay for projects in the district through 2025. view article arw

On May 4, League City residents will decide more than just which Clear Creek ISD board members will represent the district. With almost no discussion, the League City City Council on Jan. 22 voted to approve putting on the May ballot $145 million worth of bonds—$73 million to address drainage issues and $72 million to fix mobility problems. The ballot will also ask voters to approve a 0.25 percent sales tax rate increase to help supplement the cost. If approved, revenue from the sales tax rate increase would be used only for drainage and traffic projects, according to the council’s vote. view article arw

Cleveland ISD’s unprecedented growth is prompting school trustees to call for yet another bond on May 4. This time around the request is historic – a whopping $250 million, the largest bond ever requested in the history of the district. With roughly 1,000 students being added to the district annually, and no end in sight to the development of homes inside the district, the need for new campuses and facilities will likely continue for several years into the future, said Cleveland ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers. view article arw

In the first sign of a shift of power and approach on the South San Antonio Independent School District board, a slim majority of trustees are forging ahead with plans to reopen four closed schools by August despite calls by their superintendent to slow down. Three newly elected trustees, led by longtime board member and newly reinstalled president Connie Prado, have insisted that Superintendent Alexandro Flores find a way to reopen Athens Elementary, Kazen Middle, West Campus High and the district’s alternative school for the 2019-2020 school year. view article arw

Maypearl ISD will shuffle around the student body to include the new Maypearl Primary School in August. The Maypearl ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the facilities during a strategic planning session on Jan. 31, which included the establishment of the primary school. The Maypearl Primary School will consist of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade and will be located in the current Maypearl intermediate school building, located at 400 Panther Lane. view article arw

Part of Jacksonville ISD's $21-million-bond package project came to fruition Thursday, as school leaders led a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Jacksonville High School's newly renovated CTE building. “We owe a lot of people a debt of gratitude for what you've given our students,” JISD Superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly told a crowd of about 100 people on hand for the event. “The community was very generous with us – 80 percent of our community actually voted for the project, and we're very excited about that.” The CTE building project – one of two that the 2017 bond package focuses on, the other being renovation of the Tomato Bowl stadium – resulted in a building that increased in size, going from 26,656 square feet to 38,231 square feet. view article arw

High above Waxahachie High School, you can’t help but notice 7 acres of Hellas Construction Matrix® turf for Indian nation. In addition to the football, soccer and lacrosse fields, baseball and softball fields are also proudly on display with Hellas’ Matrix Turf with Helix Technology. Post Tension Tennis Courts and an epiQ running track complete the North Texas project. Waxahachie Athletic Director Greg Reed says, “At our high school I estimate that we have more than 7 acres of Hellas Matrix turf on our combined athletic playing fields.”  view article arw

Louise ISD bond talk heads to vote

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After years of discussing the district’s facility and the possibility of calling a bond election to pay for them, Louise ISD trustees will come to a decision Monday. “I think we are ready to do something,” Superintendent Garth Oliver said. “We have until Feb. 15 to call it (a bond election for May 4). That’s why we scheduled the meeting for Feb. 11.” The board usually meets on the third Monday of the month. view article arw

The Miller Career & Technology Center is all about offering options to students in the Katy Independent School District, officials said during the training center’s annual open house. “This is a great opportunity we’re giving these kids,” principal Russell Faldyn said as crowds of students and their parents wandered along the hallway for information about the programs offered at the campus adjacent to Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium. view article arw

After years of putting off a decision to close schools, Austin district leaders are forming a multi-year plan to consolidate campuses. Exactly which schools will be shuttered or how the school board and district officials will go about the closures is unclear. But district leaders say postponing a decision is not an option as they predict a bleak financial forecast, exacerbated by a plummeting student population, ballooning annual recapture payments to the state, and depleting district reserves. The district must eliminate a $60 million shortfall by next school year. The school district for at least the past quarter-century has been criticized for holding on to chronically underenrolled schools. State officials, consultants and district committees since at least 1993 have called out the district for inefficiencies, all recommending shuttering campuses. But such discussions always have been met with public backlash, as parents and students defend neighborhood schools and East Austin community leaders warn against closing schools in a part of the city that for years dealt with the trauma of school closures as part of a desegregation plan that shuttered schools designated as black-only and kept open schools for whites. view article arw

Peaster ISD board of trustees discussed calling a bond election to build additional classroom space, a gymnasium and a field house by the stadium during their special meeting on Wednesday evening. The deadline to call a bond election for May is Feb. 15. Trustees have not yet decided whether or not they will call a bond election. view article arw

A task force that’s made up of city leaders, community members, faculty, and more will propose the calling of a bond election for Alice ISD. We have nine schools and we have about 4900 kids, our enrollment trends over the last nine years has been decreasing,” said Superintendent Carl Scarbrough. Scarbrough says not only is keeping 9 schools open costing the district money it could be using elsewhere, view article arw

The Nederland ISD advisory committee met for its final meeting today to discuss results of a survey sent to Nederland citizens on possible upcoming bond issues.Data showed many are in favor of the majority of projects that would be on a bond vote in May.  view article arw

Hill Country Christian School of Austin will hold a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a new $7 million multipurpose athletic center. The school said its new facility will feature a 94-foot competition-sized basketball court, two practice courts, locker rooms with showers, a fully-equipped weight room, and seating for more than 500 people.  view article arw

A $7.4 million renovation project at Haun Elementary School in Plano is on track to begin sometime before March, said Tony Pearson, Plano ISD assistant director of facility services. The renovations will include adding new finishes throughout the building, such as new paint, tile and flooring. Workers will also add new doors, hardware and lockers. Work will also address any mechanical or plumbing issues and remodel the kitchen with new equipment. view article arw