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Decatur ISD seeks CM at-risk

February 2208:25 AM

Decatur ISD is searching for a construction manager at-risk to oversee upcoming additions and renovations at Decatur High School. The district will begin advertising this week for candidates to submit qualifications by 2 p.m. March 5. It will select a short list of candidates March 6 and interview finalists March 19. The school board plans to select a construction manager at-risk at its meeting March 26. Trustees opted to hire a construction manager at-risk instead of a general contractor at their meeting Monday. view article arw

The Marshall ISD Board of Trustees took no action Tuesday on cash offers for the district's old junior high school building, citing advisement from their attorney to gather more information about the bidders. "We didn't take any action last night on accepting a bid for the old junior high school," Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said on Tuesday. view article arw

The Hutto ISD Board of Trustees selected Benjamin “Doc” Kerley Elementary School as the name for the district’s seventh elementary school, which is scheduled to open fall of 2019. The Board unanimously approved the name following open discussion during its monthly board meeting Thursday, Feb. 8. view article arw

Little Elm ISD recently announced changes to its personnel, including the addition of a director who brings more than 30 years’ experience to the district. Rick Martin was named the executive director for construction and operations for Little Elm ISD. Martin spent the last five and a half years with Dallas ISD as a project manager and with bond construction services. During his time at DISD, he was responsible for overseeing 80 or more construction projects that included new schools and additions to existing schools. Recently, he was part of the innovation and transformation team that developed DISD’s CityLab High School, a five-story transformation campus in Downtown Dallas. view article arw

Work to replace the flooring at the boys' gym at Baker Koonce Intermediate School will resume after Carthage ISD trustees unanimously approved a new bid of $67,000. The floor replacement was halted over the Christmas break when contractors with Vector Concepts discovered a moisture problem. view article arw

With the possibility of a bond election in the next year, the Round Rock school district is taking steps to revamp its strategic plan. The district held three meetings in February with parents, educators and community members to review the district’s current mission, vision statements and make recommended changes to the strategic plan, which provides a roadmap for developing programs and facilities over five to 10 years. view article arw

When the 2015 Eanes school district’s $52.5 million bond package was approved, it contained $2 million to replace furniture, fixtures and equipment in Eanes schools. In the fall of 2016, a portion of the funds was used to test modern “flexible furniture for the 21st century” in a 29-classroom pilot program at Westlake High School, before deciding on how to refurnish district schools. Findings of the study were presented to the Eanes school board at the Feb. 13 meeting. view article arw

 Just one week after the Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to ask taxpayers for $426 million in school construction and renovations in a May 5 bond issue, nearly 20 district officials gathered Tuesday night in the Harker Heights High School auditorium for the first of five bond voter education meetings. view article arw

Alvin ISD is one of four districts that have been selected to receive the Caudill Award, the highest honor in the annual Exhibit of School Architecture competition facilitated by the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards for projects that exemplify excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. The architectural projects were on display in the exhibit hall, and the winners was recognized during the 2018 TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin from Jan. 28-31.  view article arw

As the Klein Independent School District continues to grow, it's holding on to its agricultural roots. The district has invested $1.5 million in a new agriculture barn for Klein Oak High School agriculture students and their dozens of livestock. The new 14,770-square-foot Northcrest Ag Facility is expected to open in March. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District's Board of Trustees is seeking community feedback on whether to rename five district facilities named after people who served in the Confederacy. The board is gathering community input before it votes on whether to change the names at its meeting Monday.  view article arw

EPISD says it is taking safety and security into consideration when finalizing design of new schools. Officials confirm they re-evaluate security after shootings across the country and they take that into consideration as they design new campuses. view article arw

Construction on the addition of San Marcos High School—which will bring several new spaces for career and technology education—will begin in late June or early July, according to developers Perkins+Will. The San Marcos CISD board of trustees on Feb. 19 approved the schematic designs for the addition, which features 40,000 new square feet of space and 4,000-5,000 square feet of interior renovations. view article arw

After months of buildup, Killeen Independent School District voters will decide whether to pay an unprecedented amount of money to the district: $426 million in two bond issues on the May 5 ballot. In a unanimous vote, the board of trustees elected last week to place two bond issues on the ballot. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD staff reported Feb. 12 approximately $381 million out of the $484 million authorized in the 2014 bond program has been committed and 79 percent of overall projects are completed. Plans are underway for a potential 2018 bond program. Planned future projects include construction of Elementary School 51, design work for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and facility enhancements, particularly at Hall and Mercer Stadiums, Chief Financial Officer Steven Bassett said. These projects may be funded by a reimbursement resolution should voters approve a 2018 bond package. view article arw

In the face of a budget crunch due to falling state aid, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District’s leaders are thinking about asking voters to approve a tax ratification election, or TRE, later this year and increasing class sizes. The possibility of calling a TRE for November to raise the district’s property tax rate for maintenance and operations by five cents was floated last week at a school board budget workshop that focused on difficult funding realities. If approved, it would increase the district’s combined tax rate from $1.49 per $100 of property value to $1.54 per $100. view article arw

Major changes are expected to come from Tyler Independent School District’s Monday night board of trustees meeting. The board will take action on the district’s middle school programs redesign plan and also on zoning changes for both middle schools and high schools, according to the meeting’s posted agenda. view article arw

Beaumont ISD announced the top choices for a new name, mascot, and colors for the merging high school. With over 1,200 students voting, Beaumont United High School was the most popular name pick. Maroon and gold colors, and Timberwolves were the top choices by students in ninth through eleventh grade. view article arw

A third high school could be in the future for Tyler ISD if a new proposal is approved by the school board this month. Every day hundreds of students leave their home campus to take specialized classes at TISD's Career and Technology Center to prepare them for the workforce view article arw

The Salado ISD Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to call for a $49.4 million bond election to be held on May 5. If passed by voters this spring, the bond would be used to fund multiple projects. First, it would pay to connect the kindergarten/first grade building and gymnasium to the main building at Thomas Arnold Elementary School. Second, it would build a new middle school next to the high school. And third, it would fund improvements to the district's athletics stadium -- including paying to add new concessions, restrooms, extra seating and a turf field. New baseball and softball facilities would also be built. view article arw

At their regular meeting Monday night, the Royse City ISD board of trustees moved one step closer to locking down a $60 million bond package for the district, unanimously voting to include a proposal on the May 5 ballot.  Trustees expressed their overwhelming support for the bond plan last week, when representatives from the 31-member bond steering committee presented the proposal at a special meeting.  If passed by voters at the May bond election, $47 million would be used to build a new middle school in Fate.  view article arw

On Monday, the board of trustees at San Angelo ISD called for a $148.9 million bond election to address aging facilities, expansion and security needs at 14 campuses. The proposed bond could increase the school district’s tax rate by about 14.25 cents, for a total tax rate of $1.3525 per $100 property valuation. The current rate is at $1.21. Of that, $1.04 is levied for maintenance and operation expenses and 17 cents for debt service. view article arw

The school district wants to move its central administration offices to the now empty Chamberlain Elementary building. Tuesday evening, the school board took its first substantial step toward that goal by asking an architectural firm to draft construction drawings. view article arw

Voters residing in Lufkin ISD will get their say on May 5 on a proposed $75 million bond package that, if approved, would provide funds to construct and renovate the middle school campus and consolidate athletic facilities at the high school. view article arw

For the second consecutive voting cycle, Waxahachie residents will decide the fate of a proposed bond to address population growth. The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved to move forward with a $23 million bond election for a new elementary school during their regular session Monday, Feb. 12. The proposed bond was publicly discussed last Monday, Feb. 5 during a workshop session between the trustees and district administration staff. It will be placed on the May ballot for all city residents. view article arw

Lemm Elementary School remains closed, six months after Harvey sent several inches of water into the building. Klein ISDS set a target of the school reopening in time for the 2018-19 school year in August. Some parents question whether that's possible. Building material and construction equipment were in the school parking lot Wednesday, as a bus brought Lemm students back from their temporary campus at Klein Cain High School -- and estimated 15 miles away. view article arw

UNIVERSITY PARK — Despite the protests of nearly two dozen citizens, the Highland Park school board will go through with its plans to demolish and rebuild two elementary schools over the next two years, a process that will mean the temporary relocation of hundreds of  students.   About 20 parents and residents showed up at Tuesday night's board meeting to ask the district to hold off on plans to remake Bradfield and Hyer elementary schools.  view article arw

Spring ISD is moving forward with plans to build a new middle school later this spring as part of its $330 million bond approved in 2016. Huckabee, an architectural firm based in The Woodlands, presented plans for a school to replace the current Roberson Middle School at the board of trustees work meeting on Thursday. view article arw

With reconstruction work nearing completion, a one-room building that once housed the La Porte Colored School will be presented at a Feb. 25 open house, serving as a reminder of how local students once were separated by race. The 2 p.m. event, a come-and-go affair with refreshments, at the building, 401 Martin Luther King Drive. view article arw

The San Angelo ISD Board of Education voted unanimously to call a bond election for May 5, 2018. The Board action follows a recommendation from the District’s Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee (LRFPC) to address aging conditions, security upgrades across the district, and facilities for evolving and growing student programs. view article arw

Lake Houston and Humble area residents can expect to see a $575 million bond referendum on their ballots this May after the Humble ISD board of trustees approved an amended order calling for an election at the Feb. 13 meeting. Trustees unanimously voted 7-0 in favor of holding the election. The order comes after months of trustees working in tandem with a Citizens Bond Advisory Committee that was created last fall. Members from the committee presented two options for a bond referendum to trustees at the January meeting. Trustees considered both plans and finally decided to reduce the original $600 million bond to $575 million to provide more room for future inflation costs. view article arw

At a special meeting Feb. 12, the Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a $132 million bond referendum. The bond package includes funding for: view article arw

Dripping Springs voters in May will decide on a $132 million school bond package, the largest in the district’s history. The bond projects are aimed at addressing growth in the 6,464-student district, which is projected to continue growing by about 6 percent annually. The bond would fund construction of an 850-student elementary school, expansion of Dripping Springs High School and the building of a new Walnut Springs Elementary School. view article arw

The Grape Creek ISD board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to call a 2018 bond election to address districtwide facility needs. At the top of the list is more space because of student growth. The $10.75 million bond, if approved, would pay for the construction of a new middle school campus as well as improvements to the primary/intermediate school and current middle school.  view article arw

Members of the Lake Travis ISD community fought the cold and rain Feb. 13 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the district’s third middle school, which is scheduled to open fall 2019. view article arw