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Nearly 80 graves now have been discovered at the construction site of a Fort Bend ISD technical center, school district officials said. The news comes after Reginald Moore, who oversees a cemetery near the construction site, warned school officials not to build in the area because he believed more bodies could be buried nearby. The school district said 79 graves have now been reported from archaeologists on site in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission, according to a news release the district issued late Wednesday. Fort Bend ISD first reported about 30 graves being found. view article arw

In the 114 days until Beaumont United High School opens, BISD will install a modular classroom building at the Ozen High School campus, renovate its cafeteria and fill remaining teaching vacancies, Assistant Superintendent Shannon Allen said.  Committees of administrators, school staff and students are still working on logistics for the new school, Allen said Thursday at a meeting of the Press Club of Southeast Texas. All BISD schools start on August 13.  Construction is underway at Ozen for the 16-classroom building that was purchased last month and will be installed on a cement slab on campus. The cafeteria will be remodeled this summer, she said, which a larger expansion possible in the future. view article arw

On Wednesday, El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) will review the progress of the bond of projects that are reconstructing several schools in the district. Burges High School is one of seven schools about which the district will hear updates. view article arw

Soon voters will have a chance to decide whether to pass the $75-million dollar proposal. If the Lufkin Middle School bond election passes, the bond will be repaid from the interest and sinking portion of the tax rate. “So the local property value determines what our tax rate is, and your tax rate is made up of two different components,” said Chief Financial Officer Charlotte Bynum. “You have an M and O rate which is maintenance and operations and then you also have an I and S rate which is interest and sinking.” view article arw

Trustees and school administrators from the San Angelo ISD faced conservative skeptics at the monthly meeting of the San Angelo Pachyderm Club Wednesday as they continued efforts to educate the public on the reasons the school district is seeking a $148.9 million bond. The bond must be approved by voters in a May 5 election. Early voting begins April 23. Board of Trustees Vice President Max Parker introduced the bond as a topic of discussion. He stressed that the bond is the second part of 2008’s $117 million bond. view article arw

Dr. Shannon Allen, the Beaumont ISD Associate Superintendent of Secondary Administration, say?s the district is estimating 2, 472 students to be enrolled into the new school. view article arw

The Chico School Board Tuesday heard a presentation about a program that could arm certain school employees as defense against a school shooter. Bill Cooper provided the board with information about the Guardian Plan and how it differs from the School Marshal Plan. “The problem with Marshal Plan that I see is you can have one marshal for 400 kids, that’s it,” Cooper said. “ … And the Marshal Plan, anyone who has direct contact with students cannot have the weapon on them. It has to be in a locked safe somewhere within his reach. “The Guardian Plan puts it in y’alls hands. The board makes that decision. You can have him lock it up, you can let him have it on him, the weapon can be loaded or unloaded, it’s totally up to you guys. Period.” view article arw

Leander ISD’s board of trustees received a planning and design update for the district’s Middle School No. 9 on Thursday night. Chuck Fields of Fields & Associates Architects Inc., presented a schematic plan for the school, which is scheduled to be constructed at the intersection of Collaborative Way and Halsey Drive, according to meeting documents. view article arw

At the Round Rock ISD board of trustees regular meeting Thursday night, representatives from the Citizens Bond Committee, or CBC, recommended to the board the district consider a bond election in November. “We as a committee feel that there is a need to move forward with a bond,” committee Chair Kris Parker said at the board meeting Thursday night. “At this point, the committee does recommend moving forward with a November 2018.” On April 12, members of the committee voted unanimously that the district is in need of a bond. 62.7 percent voted in favor of a bond election in November as opposed to May 2019. view article arw

According to the Bowie News, the Bowie Independent School District has approved a nearly $2.8 million energy efficiency facility improvement project. The project will replace and upgrade everything from building lighting to aged heating and cooling units. view article arw

Alleviating growing pains is leading Dripping Springs ISD to take a $132 million bond package to voters May 5. The bond election is scheduled to be held on May 5 and, if passed, would be the second bond the district has called since 2014. DSISD officials said the proposed bond will not increase the property view article arw

 The number of forgotten graves unearthed by a construction crew in Fort Bend County earlier this month has jumped from about 30 to 79. Fort Bend ISD and the Texas Historical Commission are working together after a historic cemetery was found at a school construction site. The discovery was made in Sugar Land along University Boulevard and Chatham where the district is building the James Reese Career and Technical Center. view article arw

In 2016, Spring ISD voters approved construction of Middle School No. 8 in the northern section of the district as part of a $330 million bond referendum, and the board of trustees got its first look at plans for the school at its April 12 work session. Construction will cost $50 million, and the 149,000-square-foot school will house about 725 students, district officials have said. When the new school opens, it will result in several boundary changes for middle school students in the district. It is located near the intersection of I-45 and Hardy Toll Road. view article arw

Leander ISD's Rutledge Elementary School was evacuated Wednesday afternoon following a bomb threat made at 2:25 p.m. According to Leander ISD's website, all students and staff are safe and a bomb-sniffing dog was searching the campus. At 4:25 p.m., the all-clear was given. Because the evacuation happened 10 minutes before dismissal, Leander ISD's spokesperson says students were allowed to go home with their parents or on school buses.  view article arw

Lufkin ISD is hoping a $75-million bond proposal will get the green light from voters. Not only would it bring a new middle school, but new athletic facilities on the high school campus. The bond would give 80 percent of the funding to the middle school with 13 percent going to the new multi-purpose facility at the high school and 7 percent to new baseball and softball facilities. view article arw

Columbus ISD trustees Monday night put the district on a path toward constructing an artificial turf field at Memorial Stadium. Superintendent Dr. Brian Morris told trustees  with the addition of soccer to Columbus ISD’ athletic programs, thefield was seeing use during football season from Wednesday through Saturday, plus soccer games after the regular football season ends. “Our field is taking a pretty good pounding right now. There is a lot of use, and a lot of people out there,” Morris told trustees. view article arw

Angleton ISD set the guaranteed maximum price for its new $9.5 million aquatic center, and will break ground on the facility May 14, Superintendent Pat Montgomery said. This price includes everything associated with the project, project coordinator Jody Henry said, such as construction and equipment within the facility. view article arw

If recent history is any indication, Tuesday night’s Highland Park Independent School District board meeting will likely be packed with people who have one concern in mind – the construction of three new elementary schools. Recent board and Highland Park Town Council meetings have been highly attended, with several people raising their voices to take issue with the designs of the schools that will be replacements for University Park Elementary, Robert S. Hyer Elementary and John S. Bradfield Elementary. view article arw

At Lufkin Middle School, you could possibly enter the campus by the band hall, the cafeteria, the boy's football field, and many other entrances. This creates open access to 1,700 students. “I've got students that walk about a city block from one end of the campus to the other,” Jesus Gomez, Lufkin Middle School's principal. Right now, active monitoring happens during transition times, but with a new middle school, students will be in one building. “Everything will practically be under one roof,” Scott Skelton, the president of the Lufkin ISD School Board. “We will be able to monitor all of the doors with the sophisticated cameras that we have today.” view article arw

The battle over buildings isn't finished in Highland Park.  Some residents are continuing to speak out against the demolition and reconstruction of two Highland Park ISD elementary schools, comparing the new building designs to a jail.  Nearly 100 residents showed up at Tuesday night's school board meeting to once again express their concerns about plans to demolish and rebuild John S. Bradfield and Robert S. Hyer elementary schools. In recent months, some residents have offered an array of concerns, saying that as designed the new school buildings will be too big, hurt property values, increase traffic congestion and detract from neighborhood charm. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved the renaming of the Bolin Administrative Center. The new name will be the Lewisville ISD Administrative Center. Superintendent Kevin Rogers said the change is due to the consolidation of several administrative offices into one facility once expansion at the Bolin center is complete. view article arw

Spring ISD unveiled the design for the new middle school it plans to build as part of its $330 million bond that voters approved in 2016. The still unnamed middle school will be located next to Northgate Crossing Elementary School, east of the North Freeway and north of the Grand Parkway. The school is expected to cost $50 million as one of the district’s bond projects. The new two-story school will be more than 149,000 square feet on a 32-acre property and have a capacity of 725 students. view article arw

We're getting our first look at the design for the new Sherman High School. One goal for the new 450,000 square foot building in the city's southwest sector is to be a grand sight that people can see from far away. The high school's main entry will be three stories tall, with a library on the second and third floors. The Sherman Independent School District wanted a modern look for the building, so there are several walls of glass that will provide students with a view of what the architects call the "pride walk."  view article arw

This master-planned community along Clear Creek is zoned to Friendswood ISD and is close to entertainment and medical centers. view article arw

The battle over buildings isn't finished in Highland Park. Some residents are continuing to speak out against the demolition and reconstruction of two Highland Park ISD elementary schools, comparing the new building designs to a jail. view article arw

The Longview ISD board on Monday approved a budget amendment that funds the completion of the district’s new community garden. The Texas Department of Agriculture will help fund the project. The department will provide $16,000 for fencing and almost $10,000 for irrigation, which is part of the budget amendment, LISD spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross said. Longview ISD saw the need to increase the nutritional value of student meals several years ago and connected with the Texas Department of Agriculture to bring a farm-to-table feel to its menus, she said. view article arw

Rockport-Fulton High School's volleyball team was front and center during Monday's Ellen DeGeneres Show.  The teenage girls explained what it was like losing not only their homes and schools when Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast Aug. 25, but also their sanctuary.  "I spend more time in that gym than I do at home," said Rockport-Fulton senior Allison Sanders. "Losing it was devastating." view article arw

The renovation at Robert E. Lee High School has cleared the final hurdle before construction will begin in earnest. The Tyler ISD board of trustees approved a guaranteed maximum price for the construction costs of the renovation project at the high school from WRL General Contractors. Director of Facilities Tim Loper said the guaranteed maximum price is for construction-related costs and does not include the total costs, such as architectural fees. view article arw

Leading up to the opening of Hays CISD’s newest high school, the board and Superintendent Student Advisory Panel suggested black and gold to be Moe and Gene Johnson High School’s school colors and the jaguars for the mascot. Over the past few months the HCISD community, student body and the advisory board were able to weigh in on what they thought should be used to mark Johnson High’s identity. The process involved open nominations, a ballot finalization by the panel and voting by all HCISD secondary students. view article arw

A committee chosen by the San Marcos CISD board of trustees submitted its recommended names for the new elementary school, which will be under construction starting in June, on Monday during the board of trustees meeting. The committee of seven people chose three names from a list of 18 submitted through 127 applications over a month: Velia R. Cavazos, Carlos Rodriguez and Solia Rodriguez. Applicants were required to list what the nominated person’s achievements was and how he or she made an impact on the community. view article arw

At Monday’s Lewisville ISD board of trustees meeting, members approved the renaming of the William T. Bolin Administrative Center to Lewisville ISD Administrative Center. The district is currently in the process of expanding and renovating its administrative building.  view article arw

The Carroll ISD board of trustees approved a staff request for additional classrooms at Johnson Elementary and Old Union Elementary schools at their meeting April 16. CISD Bond Program Manager John Haugen explained that in May 2017, voters approved a bond program to include work at these two elementary schools to address capacity issues and lifecycle needs. Staff had originally budgeted six additional classrooms at Johnson Elementary and eight at Old Union Elementary, but staff said those numbers need to increase. view article arw

After a nearly year-long process, Fuentes Elementary School is completing the final steps to become a fine arts focused campus. During the Hays CISD Board of Trustees meeting on April 16, Fuentes Elementary School Principal Regina Butcher presented what would be needed for the 632 students currently enrolled at Fuentes to have a curriculum with emphasis on fine arts. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District broke ground on a new artificial turf soccer field Monday morning at Pace Early College High School. The new playing field is the fifth of six such fields to be installed at BISD high schools as the result of a Tax Ratification Election in 2015 in which 87 percent of voters approved adjusting the district’s tax structure to access an additional $5 million to $6 million in state funds annually to pay for one-time expenditures to improve, repair and expand district facilities and enhance school security. view article arw

This week, the Mission Consolidated Independent School District held a board meeting at Bryan Elementary school to discuss the new Midkiff Elementary School Playground Equipment Project, the Tom Landry Stadium Renovations Project and honored several students. Board members approved the project and proposed budget for the Midkiff Elementary School Playground Equipment Project. The estimated costs for this project are $55,000, and the district plans to get this budget from the campus Parent Teacher Organization and fundraising funds. view article arw