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Dozens of Spring residents, Spring ISD employees and veterans gathered together Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, to celebrate the opening of the school district’s new veteran memorial. The memorial is located outside of Spring ISD’s new Planet Ford Stadium, 23802 Cypresswood Drive, and features flags and emblems from all military branches, as well as another flag paying tribute to those who went missing in action or were prisoners of war. Spring ISD had the memorial built and designed as part of their 2016 bond program. It was designed by IDG Architects. view article arw

Insurance will not cover the full cost to rebuild tornado-damaged Dallas ISD campuses at Walnut Hill Elementary and Thomas Jefferson High School. The schools were hit hard by the storm on October 20, but the district's insurance company does not consider them a total loss. Now, Dallas ISD is moving forward with a plan to create a k-12 campus where the three schools used to be. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District unveiled a plan Thursday to rebuild and reimagine properties destroyed by October's tornado. The plan will merge Walnut Hill Elementary, Cary Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School into two campuses adjacent to each other on the existing Thomas Jefferson High School property. view article arw

The future of the Bryan school district’s Milam elementary school campus, which ended classes in the spring of 2017, was discussed over the summer by the district’s bond steering committee. BISD communications director Matt LeBlanc says options considered by the committee included selling the former administration building, which is now the home of special education programs, and moving that to Milam. view article arw

Humble Independent School District will receive $25 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build flood-prevention infrastructure at Kingwood High School. When Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, it flooded Kingwood High School. The school suffered 5 feet of water, said Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen, and the students shared a campus with Summer Creek High School until March 2018. Roughly $65 million was funneled into Kingwood High School to bring the school back to its former state. Fagen wanted to make sure that something like Harvey couldn’t happen to Kingwood High School again. view article arw

When Marble Falls High School and Highland Lakes Elementary School students and staff return after Christmas break, they’ll find plenty of changes on their campuses. “There will be significant work at the high school,” said Dr. Chris Allen, the Marble Falls Independent School District superintendent. “The building will appear very different when students … return after the holidays. The parent pickup and drop-off will be a lot different as will the way students move around the building.” It’s all part of the $55 million bond that MFISD voters passed in 2018. The district began some work earlier this year, but the major renovations will begin during Christmas break and continue into the new year. view article arw

Nearly a year after University officials announced project plans, construction of the Moody Center is officially underway. Tuesday afternoon, UT President Gregory Fenves, athletics director Chris Del Conte, minister of culture Matthew McConaughey and others broke ground on the construction of Texas’ new state-of-the-art basketball arena just south of Mike A. Myers Stadium. “If you’re using basketball lingo, we would call this ‘the dream team,’” Fenves said. “The dream team has come together for the Moody Center.” view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District’s debt service tax rate could rise between 9 and 10 cents as a result of a proposed 2020 bond issue, bond steering committee members were told during a meeting Tuesday at Peebles Elementary School. A few members of the bond steering committee raised questions as the potential tax rate for the possible 2020 bond was presented by RBC Capital Markets’ managing director, Derek Honea. view article arw

Bryan school district’s bond steering committee brought recommendations for a 2020 bond to the school board during its monthly workshop. The $175 million bond would be the second half of a “2 bonds, 1 vision” campaign the district started in the spring with a $12 million bond to address immediate needs in the district. The larger second part of the campaign will address future needs, from fine arts improvements to a third intermediate school. view article arw

Former Victoria school district Superintendent Robert Jaklich pulled down on a rope and revealed the new name of the VISD Conference Center. He looked up at the sign that read “Dr. Robert A. Jaklich Conference Center” and smiled. view article arw

The author of a new study of Lindsay Independent School District facilities says the buildings are seriously overcrowded and the elementary school need to be repurposed. Paul Trautman of Dallas-based Genesis Partnership presented an overview of the facilities study Thursday, Nov. 21, in a public session at the Lindsay High School gym. The high school, he said, is at 178% of capacity and Lindsay Elementary School is at 155%. When school districts get beyond 150% percent of capacity, Trautman said, “that’s considered serious.” view article arw

Spring ISD will host a special ceremony to dedicate its new Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in an event that will include participation from the district’s JROTC program and is open to all community members, especially veterans. The memorial was designed and built as part of the district’s 2016 bond program to commemorate those who have served and is located on the site of the Planet Ford Stadium, 23802 Cypresswood Drive. view article arw

Two bonds, one vision: unlimited student success. After meeting one of those goals in May 2019 by passing a 12 million dollar bond with 86% of the vote, Bryan ISD is preparing for even bigger changes within the district with a potential bond election for May 2020. Monday's board workshop, the district' steering committee gave an update for the possible bond. The committee narrowed down what the potential bond could be going towards. view article arw

The bodies of 95 African-Americans who were part of the convict leasing and labor program were laid to rest at the site where they were found. Their bodies were discovered last April at the construction site of Fort Bend ISD's James Reese Career and Technical Center off Highway 90. They are now known as the Sugar Land 95. "Its been an ongoing fight for a couple years since those bodies were found and now the fight is trying to make sure that they're dignified and buried in proper way with the judges order and community input," said activist Reginald Moore.   view article arw

Two years and more than $200 million later, Tyler Independent School District is headed toward the finish line on its new high schools. While they’re technically renovations, both John Tyler and Lee high schools will essentially be brand-new campuses. The builds were made possible by a $198 million bond package passed in 2017. Altogether the projects will cost about $220 million, but the district used savings from its 2013 bond package to reduce the cost. view article arw

Kilgore ISD trustees unanimously agreed recently to spend $132,000 to update radio communications technology in an effort to enhance security at campuses. Superintendent Andy Baker told trustees at their Nov. 18 board meeting that a plan to upgrade radio communication has been in the works for a long time. “This is something I know we’ve talked about, both formally and informally, in turn, but one of our district goals we’re trying to accomplish this year has fallen off into the realm of security, about making an upgrade in our current radio communications. We did go through a formal process to solicit some proposals from area companies for this,” Baker said before asking district Director of Technology Mark Lane to discuss the proposals with the board. view article arw

Poolville ISD is considering a bond refunding program to save on interest. The board of trustees discussed their options with financial adviser Doug Whitt of Samco Capital during the board meeting earlier this month. Superintendent Jeff Kirby said the district owes about $3 million from an older bond. view article arw

The new Liberty Hill Middle School, slated to open its doors to students in the Fall of 2021, has a face. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the schematic plans of the newest campus to hit the drawing board at its Monday meeting. The new middle school has a $50.5 million budget and is set to support up to 900 students. The two-building campus will be about 150,000 square feet, compared to the 105,000 square feet in the new Santa Rita Elementary. It will be on 32 acres, situated directly east of the intersection of Santa Rita Boulevard and Ronald Reagan. Negotiations on the property are ongoing. The area around the new school will be additional homes for the Santa Rita development. view article arw

The Pflugerville Independent School District is about to break ground on two new campuses as the City continues to experience rapid growth. A new elementary school and middle school will be built just south of Weiss High School on the same piece of land. The intersection is Weiss Lane and Pleasant Parkway. view article arw

The pictures were like something out of a horror movie. A vacant, decrepit building trashed inside and out and scarred in every room with graffiti — the perfect setting for any nightmare. Except this isn’t a movie. It’s a real horror visited upon the people of South Dallas thanks to the unacceptable failure of Dallas ISD to manage its own properties. view article arw

One Port Arthur charter school is seeing so much growth, its students will be moving to a new facility for the 2020-2021 school year. Bob Hope School will convert the old Central Baptist Church on Hwy. 73 into its high school. Daniel Cruz, the campus director for Bob Hope High School, says his students wil view article arw

Following an anticipated August 2020 opening date, Lake Travis ISD students will officially be cheering for the Rough Hollow Rattlers. Formally referred to as LTISD’s Elementary School No. 7, the $31.51 million facility located on Bee Creek Road in the Rough Hollow subdivision will officially be named Rough Hollow Elementary, and the mascot is designated as the Rattlers. view article arw

Memorial Stadium will soon get new artificial turf. The Victoria ISD school board unanimously agreed to accept a $600,000 donation from Frost Bank to replace the current turf during its monthly board meeting Thursday evening. view article arw

Representatives from VLK Architects attended Topping Out Nov. 7 to accept the 2019 TEXO Build Texas Proud Award for the Allen ISD STEAM Center, the district’s 111,210-square-foot satellite science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics or applied mathematics center. Topping Out is an annual networking event and awards program held within the Dallas-Fort Worth area representing Architecture/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) and allied fields. view article arw

Pflugerville ISD officials expect construction to begin on the district’s combined elementary and middle school campus before the board of trustees convene again in December after selecting a contractor for the project.  Trustees voted Nov. 21 to approve an $86.74 million contract with Webber Commercial, a construction firm headquartered in The Woodlands. David Vesling, executive director of Facilities & Support Services for PfISD, said the district budgeted the contractor services for the project at approximately $91 million. The project is funded by the district’s 2018 bond funds. view article arw

Members of the Jacksonville ISD school board have named Texas-based Merit Roofing as the approved contractor for roofing projects at Nichols Intermediate School and Jacksonville High School. The board addressed the item during its regular board meeting held Monday at the district administration building, according to Calah Moake, administrative assistant of the superintendent's office. view article arw

Dyess Elementary is all about airplanes. Sure, a majority of its student population come from military families, many of whom live at nearby Dyess Air Force Base. And the school already goes by the nickname "Jets." But as design and, soon, construction ramps up for replacing the Abilene Independent School District campus, more connections to flight are being explored. view article arw

A date and time has been announced for the recount of the tightly contested Midland ISD bond election. According to the Midland County Elections Office, the recount will be held at the Midland County Annex at 8 a.m. on Friday. view article arw

The Wimberley Independent School District will now have two primary schools named for natural treasures. Blue Hole Primary School was selected as the name for the new campus at Ranch Road 12 and Winters Mill Parkway on Monday. The district already has a primary school named for Jacob’s Well. The vote, which was unanimous, came after an inclusive, two-months-long effort to gather potential names from students, parents and members of the larger community. view article arw

Dripping Springs ISD trustees heard a presentation by representatives from Corgan, an architecture firm employed by the district, revealing site and interior plans for a new Walnut Springs Elementary School facility at a Nov. 18 meeting. The relocation of WSES from its current facility at 300 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs, to a new facility on the campus of Dripping Springs Middle School is a project of DSISD’s $32 million 2018 bond program. Erin Ortwein, a Corgan architect, presented site plans for the facility highlighting architectural opportunities for collaboration between the schools, a factor that the district has cited as a reason for relocating WSES to the middle school campus. Ortwein noted such features as a central amphitheater for students of both schools. view article arw

Carthage ISD officials are looking at possible projects to be included in a 2020 bond — and discussing whether they want to hire an architect to help implement a long-range facility plan that would guide future bond propositions.  Superintendent John Wink told trustees Monday that since the district has funded upgrades at almost all of its facilities and does not necessarily need to build new buildings, the next step is figuring out how to use future bond monies to make cost-efficient changes to existing buildings as needed. view article arw

After becoming principal of Atkinson Elementary School in 1995, Lena Ortiz had three stated goals to achieve at the campus before she retires: she wanted her school to have a track, a new playground, and an electronic marquee. Track, check; new playground, check. Two out of three is a good place to be for Ortiz. view article arw

Six elementary schools and two middle schools in the Round Rock school district are among the highest-performing campuses in Central Texas, according to rankings released this week from a nonprofit research organization. Children at Risk listed Cactus Ranch, Canyon Creek, Laurel Mountain, Patsy Sommer and Elsa England as the top five highest-performing elementary schools in Central Texas. Spicewood also made the list at No. 7. view article arw

Bexar County entered into an agreement with the San Antonio Independent School District Tuesday to build a library and parking garage at the Fox Tech campus downtown. The county will pay for the construction of both, and the district will provide the land. view article arw

The potential construction projects for the proposed new school bond are growing, as is the pricetag — to as much as $343 million by estimates from Killeen ISD in a presentation during a bond steering committee meeting Tuesday. That cost includes three new elementary schools, a new middle school, the construction of a new Peebles Elementary School and Harker Heights Elementary School and athletic stadium improvements at Ellison, Harker Heights and Shoemaker high schools. view article arw