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Those who wish to vote in the Thursday, May 6, Port Aransas ISD bond election must register by Thursday, April 6. Early voting will be held from Monday, April 24, to Friday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, May 1, to Tuesday, May 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration may be done through the Nueces County Clerk’s Office, headquartered in Corpus Christi. Registration forms may be picked up at Port Aransas City Hall, 705 W. Ave. A., or at Ellis Memorial Library, next-door. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District school board began discussions this week on which architect could be chosen to complete the KISD Career Center expansion plan. Board members at Tuesday’s meeting were presented with three different architect companies vying to be hired for the expansion project. Those companies were Huckabee of Fort Worth, Pfluger of Austin and Santec of Austin. While each company has extensive experience in school construction, six administrative employees in KISD took a vote prior to Tuesday’s meeting on who they felt should be hired.  view article arw

 Belton school board approved a $1.5 million land purchase earlier this week to potentially accommodate a third high school the Belton Independent School District in the next 15 years. The board voted Monday to purchase a 109-acre tract at the junction of Loop 121 and Shanklin Road, near the Bell County Expo Center and the Bell County Justice Center. At present, the district is making plans for a second high school to be built on land it already owns adjacent to High Point Elementary School on Starlight Drive. Those plans will be finalized if voters approve a $149.7 million bond issue on the ballot May 6. view article arw

During a special called meeting Tuesday night, the Nacogdoches ISD School Board voted unanimously to implement the “reduction in force” program change designed to address ongoing TEA accountability issues regarding the Emeline Carpenter Elementary campus. The plan, which was recommended by incoming Nacogdoches ISD superintendent Sandra Dowdy, will re-purpose the Carpenter Elementary campus, so that starting in the 2017-1018 school year, the campus will only serve students in grades PK through K.. -"We're looking at right now Pre-K and K. It may include first grade also," Dowdy said "That's what's still in limbo right now." view article arw

School closures may be off the docket for Austin ISD, with the latest round of recommendations from the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Commit­tee instead proposing a new initiative to help underenrolled schools stay open. Gone is the first draft's proposal of consolidating six campuses into two; instead, at the Monday night AISD board meeting, the 18-member volunteer body recommended "target utilization plans" to boost enrollment at five campuses (Brooke, Dawson, Joslin, Norman, and Sanchez). view article arw

Building a strong foundation

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The community showed its support for the Taylor ISD bond at the official groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon at the high school. Construction actually began in January, but the district held an official event Monday. City officials, Taylor ISD students, faculty and staff were all in attendance. view article arw

A community meeting to discuss the upcoming White Oak ISD bond referendum is scheduled 6:30 p.m. Thursday. School officials will talk about the bond proposals, answer questions and give a tour of school facilities. District officials are proposing a $19 million bond that includes adding a science wing to the high school, building a new field house, improving science labs at the middle school, replacing roofs at every campus, replacing air handler units and replacing windows. view article arw

School district leaders are planning to address long-awaited facility upgrades by selling $17 million in maintenance tax notes. Among the items Weslaco ISD officials hope to tackle with the funds is the reconstruction of Weslaco East High School’s band hall, where as many as 170 students crowd a facility originally built to accommodate about 90 members. This was one of the selling points of the $109 million bond issue that failed in May 2016. About 62 percent of the votes cast at that time were against the measure that would have increased the tax rate by 12 cents per $100 in property valuation. view article arw

It was with blue skies and gusty winds, almost a year ago to the day, that Weatherford ISD broke ground on the new Shirley Hall Middle School in front of many community members, administrators, supporters and family of the school’s namesake. Fast forward to today and the progress being made is astonishing, but not without its challenges. “We’ve been blessed in a lot of ways,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. “As a result of that blessing there’s a backside to it. “We’ve been blessed with a lot of rain early in the process.” Read more here: view article arw

The Navasota ISD Board of Trustees took a proactive approach to asset management on Monday evening, voting to renew a short-term contract with the Brazos Valley Workforce. “The Workforce rents a room in the Navasota Early Learning Center from the district,” said President Greg Mock. “We as a board have to manage the NISD assets to the best of our ability for the district and we don’t want to enter into a long-term lease situation with any outside entity. We need to manage those assets and use them for education purposes.” view article arw

The Austin Chamber of Commerce announced support Monday for Round Rock ISD’s upcoming $572.09 million bond election that proposes to raise RRISD’s tax rate to pay for new schools, expanded classrooms and a host of other projects across the district. view article arw

 Early Tuesday morning, 12:27 a.m. to be exact, the Austin ISD school board unanimously approved the purchase of land to build a new high school in southeast Austin, along with two pieces of land to expand Bowie High School. The next question is how soon is a new high school is needed and when will it be built? “I really don’t know for sure,” said Trustee Yasmin Wagner. “I think it’s going to depend on how quickly the developments come online, how quickly families come in.” view article arw

San Marcos CISD may purchase or lease portable building to relieve crowding at district campuses, but a decision will need to be made soon if the buildings will be ready for the start of the 2017-18 school year, district staff said at a meeting March 27. According to Facilities Director Jay Wesson’s analysis, a two-year lease for a single-classroom portable building would cost $13,800. A two-year lease for a double-classroom portable building would cost $16,800. A single-classroom portable building would cost $30,000 to purchase. A double-classroom portable building would cost $56,000. view article arw

Three representatives from the citizen’s committee tasked with forming recommendations for Austin ISD’s update to its Facility Master Plan, or FMP, appeared at tonight’s board of trustees meeting to give a final update.  Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee, or FABPAC, tri-chairs Leticia Caballero, Cheryl Ann Campbell and Roxanne Evans provided detailed information on the draft FMP update, which is now live on the AISD website. The board of trustees’ vote to approve the plan is scheduled for Monday, April 3. Here are six takeaways from tonight’s discussion: view article arw

Two parcels of land will be purchased to allow for the expansion of Bowie High School in Southwest Austin. The first parcel, known as the Sawmill tract, is 12.9 acres and costs $1,250,000. The second parcel, known as the Akin tract, is 39.8 acres and costs $2,500,000. Both tracts will be paid for by funds acquired during the December 2008 bond election. view article arw

The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees approved an appropriation in the amount of $2,050,408 from undesignated 2005 bond funds to demolish existing structures at 3100 Timberline Drive, Grapevine, and construct a new driveway, additional parking and play area for Timberline Elementary School. view article arw

I’m voting ‘yes’ on May 6

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I was one of the 30 or so Clear Creek ISD taxpayers who served on the Facility Advisory Committee that reviewed and recommended the proposed bond election. When I walked into the first meeting, I didn’t know what to expect, and to say that I was skeptical of the district taking on new debt that could affect my taxes would be an understatement. What won me over however, in addition to the clear and present need, was the district’s transparency. view article arw

Austin ISD released a report Friday outlining recommendations for district facilities. This will mean renovations for some schools, modernization for others and for others, a "re-purpose," meaning those buildings will no longer be schools. According to the district, the report has been 2 years in the making and was put together by 18 FABPAC members. The AISD board of trustees will review the Facilities Master Plan at their meeting Monday. The district told KVUE these are just recommendations from the bond planning committee, nothing is final. view article arw

Muenster ISD presents bond plan

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About 20 people were present at the Muenster Junior High School Building on Thursday to hear details of the Muenster Independent School District’s proposed $2.4 million bond. Superintendent Steven Self said the bond is necessary in order for the district to continue to provide for its students. “There is not enough money in our maintenance and operations budget to cover what is needed at this time,” Self said. “We have had $200,000 to $300,000 deficits practically every year.” view article arw

The Kilgore ISD Board of Trustees will meet Monday to discuss capital needs and hear a report on the district's innovation plan. Other agenda items include approving a low-attendance waiver for Kilgore High School, a resolution for the district to join the Texas Educational Employers Benefit Cooperative and closed-session discussions on resignations and employment. view article arw

Candidates for the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees got their first chance to publicly discuss the issues during a forum hosted Tuesday by the Flower Mound Area Republican Club. In Place 6, only incumbent Kristi Hassett attended. She will face Peter Rabner, Jon Hanna and Eric Parker. In Place 7, incumbent Tracy Scott Miller, Shari Chambers and Sandra Weinstein attended. Colleen Shaw is also running for Place 7. Below are some of the questions asked and a summary of the candidates' responses: view article arw

 The new Fine Arts Center at Carthage High School has opened, while construction on the auditorium continues. The Fine Arts Center houses the band, choir, art and television and broadcasting departments. Teachers will move in when they are able to without disrupting their classes, school officials said.The auditorium, which will seat 2,070 people, is tentatively scheduled to be finished this summer, depending on weather, officials said. The auditorium will have green rooms, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, classrooms and storage areas. view article arw

After months and months of meetings and gathering feedback from the community, a final recommendation for nearly 130 school buildings and future schools across the Austin will be made public Friday. Austin ISD’s Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (FABPAC) has been meeting on a regular basis to fine-tune the facilities master plan, which takes into account the physical condition of a campus, the capacity and projections, and its ability to educate students on into the future. The plan helps the district map out a plan on what they want the next 25 to 30 years to look like. view article arw

Residents will have a chance to learn more about Tyler ISD’s proposed $198 million bond package to replace its high schools. Superintendent Marty Crawford will review the proposal and answer questions at 6 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway Ave. Director of Facilities Tim Loper and other Tyler ISD administrators also will be on hand to answer questions. view article arw

Round Rock ISD’s $572.09 million school bond election contains dozens of proposed projects ranging from a new $150 million high school on Pearson Ranch Road in Austin to districtwide security and technology upgrades. RRISD’s board of trustees voted unanimously Feb. 16 to call a bond election, which will take place May 6. Early voting will run April 24 to May 2. view article arw

Round Rock ISD’s $572.09 million school bond election contains dozens of proposed projects ranging from a new $150 million high school on Pearson Ranch Road in Austin to districtwide security and technology upgrades. RRISD’s board of trustees voted unanimously Feb. 16 to call a bond election, which will take place May 6. Early voting will run April 24 to May 2. The bond election is split into three ballot propositions: One emphasizes growth, renewal and safety; a second focuses on innovation and classroom expansion; and a third deals with fine arts and athletics projects. view article arw

School to break ground on bond

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Despite dirt flying shortly after the new year, the official ground breaking for the Taylor ISD bond construction will be held March 27, at 5:30 p.m. at Taylor High School, 355 FM 973. The public is invited to attend the event. In November of 2015, Taylor ISD passed a $21 million bond for improvements across the district. Taylor ISD trustees got a peek at the proposed design of the football field at the March board meeting, where there was discussion about a secondary scoreboard. The football field has been excavated and outlined, but will not be ready by the 2017 season. view article arw

White Oak ISD has scheduled two community meetings on its proposed $19 million bond measure to answer questions and give residents a chance to tour facilities tapped for improvements, Superintendent Mike Gilbert said. Gilbert provided a bond update to White Oak ISD trustees and the community at the board's Monday meeting.The upcoming meetings will include a presentation on the proposed bond measure and a Q&A session before participants tour school facilities. Gilbert said the meetings are one way the district is trying to provide information to voters ahead of the May election. view article arw

The Abilene Independent School District approved spending up to $900,000 for the replacement of flooring and seating in the gyms at Abilene High School and Cooper High School Monday night. Abilene ISD Associate Superintendent of Operations Scott McLean said that the improvements would include replacing the more than 50-year-old gym floors.  view article arw

The Sherman Independent School District made strides in their plans to expand their campus. They decided on a site to build their new high school. The announcement to purchase the land was made Wednesday night during a joint meeting between the Sherman School Board of Trustees and the Sherman City Council. The school board says they're working with the city to buy the land by April, and secure it before the price goes up. view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved a recommendation to name the district’s second athletic stadium and field Feb. 27 following a process that involved extensive public input. The board unanimously voted 7-0 to name the facility Legacy Stadium at the recommendation of the Second Stadium Naming Advisory Committee. The committee was formed to identify a suitable name for the stadium that would align with the core values and beliefs of KISD, according to a press release. view article arw

The Wichita Falls Independent School District released some hard dates when it comes to the construction progress of the Career Education Center at Tuesday’s Special Session meeting. April 7th - The building’s electricity will be turned on. April 14th- The entire building will be dried in, which means the walls will be up, the roof will be complete and the building will be enclosed. Fall 2017- CEC will Open  Peter Griffiths, WFISD Associate Superintendent, said he is optimistic everything will be finished in time. view article arw

Tyler ISD will hold community forums to present information to the public on proposed Bond 2017 projects. Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford, Director of Facilities Tim Loper and other Tyler ISD administrators will present the information and answer questions. Forums: 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at the First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway Avenue. 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 at the College Hill Baptist Church, 1314 W. Houston Street. view article arw

Hewitt’s Warren Park could grow a little larger through a partnership between the city and Midway Independent School District. The city council Monday approved an interlocal cooperation and exchange agreement with the district to transfer 4.096 acres of the district’s property to the city. The school district’s board of trustees is set to vote on the agreement Tuesday. Hewitt City Manager Adam Miles said city staff approached district officials about a swap in services to allow the city to round out the park.  view article arw

Abilene Independent School District trustees approved spending up to $900,000 to replace the flooring and seating inside the competition gyms at both Abilene and Cooper high schools during Monday's school board meeting. A pair of new administrators also were hired by trustees Monday. Citing the gym renovations as a need for all students, as physical education classes use the facilities on a regular basis, Associate Superintendent for Operations Scott McLean said the money will come from the remaining proceeds in the school bond program approved by voters in November 2013. view article arw