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Beginning Monday, the Midway Independent School District will survey residents of the district to gauge their interest in approving a potential $177 million bond package. Decisive Campaigns will conduct the survey on behalf of the district for about $12,500, and it will take two weeks to conduct, said Lesley Weaver, spokesperson for Huckabee Inc., an Austin-based architectural firm that specializes in educational facilities. The survey will be done by phone and online. view article arw

With the failure of May’s $807 million bond proposal still fresh in mind, Conroe ISD officials said they are rethinking their strategy as they consider putting forward a revised bond. The bond went to the polls May 4, earning 6,945 votes in favor and 8,314 votes against it, or 45.51% in favor and 54.49% against. Now, CISD officials said they are deciding whether to revise the current bond in time for a November election, streamlining or removing certain projects, or waiting until 2020 to propose a completely new bond—which could put school programs and teacher pay at risk. view article arw

BELTON, TX - Belton ISD trustees got a look at  the interior features planned for the new Lake Belton High School at their Monday night meeting.  The school is currently under construction in the City of Temple.  Future LBHS students, district staff, architects, and local historian Patricia Benoit presented plan to celebrate the history of the area and the significance of the new school's location through wall graphics as well as hallway and other way-finding campus location names. view article arw

The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees met for its regular June meeting to discuss summertime construction and repair projects. Updates on solutions for inconsistent attendance calls were communicated, and answers about the potentially contaminated Waxahachie High land were presented. Mikel Craig, WISD Support Services Coordinator, addressed concerns from Ellis County residents about the placement of de-watered human waste (bio-solids) on the field where Waxahachie High is constructed. Craig informed the board that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Trinity River Authority regulate and allow the application of dried sludge. Both governing authorities decided to permit the application of human waste as long as it is done within the guidelines and restrictions. Both agencies inspected the land to ensure guidelines were followed. view article arw

Georgetown ISD broke ground on the new Everett L. Williams Elementary School on June 18. The school, located on Rockride Lane near the new Fairhaven housing development, will open in fall 2020 and hold 850 students. “It’s a great day because … the growth in this quadrant of land has forced us to open schools a lot faster than we thought,” GISD board President Scott Stribling said. “The amount of growth that we’re seeing—that want to be a part of Georgetown, that want to be a part of Georgetown ISD—is impressive.” view article arw

While the finishing touches are added to Denton ISD’s Union Park Elementary School, summer construction projects are popping up across the district. Current and upcoming construction on several campuses is funded largely through a $750.5 million bond passed by voters in 2018. Even before construction got underway on Union Park, the district’s 24th elementary, plans for additional campuses were being laid out in the 2018 bond proposal. view article arw

The Lamar County Appraisal District’s request to buy the Peoples National Bank building in downtown Paris won’t survive another no vote. The Prairiland ISD Board of Trustees on Monday sided with Paris City Council and Chisum ISD in voting against the Appraisal District’s $650,000 request to buy the building at the corner of 1st Street SW and Grand Avenue, plus a parking lot to the west. Paris ISD’s Board of Trustees, also scheduled to meet Monday and discuss the matter, postponed the meeting because of lack of a quorum.  view article arw

Louise High School’s science teacher may not get brand new labs like proposed in the failed bond package, but at least she will have enough equipment and supplies next school year to keep her from shuttling students to Wharton Junior College. At Monday’s meeting, the Louise ISD trustees approved $16,000 worth of equipment and supplies for teacher Keri Jones’ two dual credit biology courses and the chemistry and physics labs. During the regular school year, after teaching class all day, Jones would drive her students in the district van to the junior college on Monday evenings to use its lab. view article arw

All Louise ISD board members with the exception of one attended the Texas Association of School Board Summer Leadership Conference in San Antonio last week. “Chris (Faas) wasn’t able to make it,” said LISD Superintendent Garth Oliver. “This will be the first time for most of the board members to go. The board is required to go to get a certain number of training hours per year. We have to report that annually.” view article arw

A survey for a facility bond package for the Midway Independent School District could be sent around late June or early July if the school board takes action on hiring an independent agency on Tuesday.  In May the Momentum Facility Study Committee - which is comprised of about 40 community members, including parents – recommended a facility bond package worth $177 million dollars to the Midway ISD school board.  view article arw

SUGAR LAND, Texas — There was a significant new development in the historic case of the Sugar Land 95.   At a news conference Monday, Fort Bend County and school district officials celebrating a new law that allows the county to operate and maintain a cemetery.  Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law last week. Sixteen months ago, while the Forts Bend ISD was building a new technology center, backhoe operators unearthed human remains. view article arw

The district has begun planning for boundary modifications for the 2020-21 school year with the opening of two new schools. At the June 17 board of trustees work study meeting, Katy ISD Chief Operations Officer Lee Crews and demographer Kris Pool from Population and Survey Analysts presented the recommendations for adjusting boundaries to accommodate Elementary School No. 43 and High School No. 9, which are opening in fall 2020. view article arw

Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent has been authorized to negotiate and execute a contract to purchase about 90 acres of land in the southwest quadrant of the district for a future school site. The GISD board gave its approval June 17. view article arw

Dallas ISD is considering renaming an elementary school that honors a politician with ties to the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan. This week, the district’s board of trustees received a name change request from campus volunteers and school leadership at Oak Cliff’s Roger Q. Mills Elementary. The campus -- which will be converted into a magnet school for talented and gifted students in the fall -- has asked to be renamed “Trinity Heights Gifted and Talented School.” Lester Houston, the president of the Zoo Creek Park Neighborhood Association -- one of the organizers for the name change -- said his community had been working on the issue for the past seven months. view article arw

Construction to expand Beaumont United High School’s cafeteria should begin in the next two weeks, but could take up to 10 months to complete. The project, which will cost an estimated $3.7 million, was approved by Beaumont ISD board members in October. Supporters at the time said the move would boost morale and increase teaching time by reducing four lunch periods to three. view article arw

Two decades on, victims of the famed Jarrell tornado will be memorialized by a new elementary school opening this fall. The Jarrell Independent School District board of trustees decided its upcoming campus will be called Igo Elementary, after the family of five who died tragically in 1997. In all, the May 1997 tornado claimed 27 lives, including Larry and Joan Igo, and their teenage children Audrey, John and Paul. The grand opening for Igo Elementary School will be 10 a.m. July 27 at 1601 CR 314. view article arw

Humble ISD continues to make progress on projects as part of its $575 million voter-approved bond, said Superintendent Elizabeth Fagan. Fagen was one of the featured speakers at the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce’s Atascocita BizCom meeting on June 13 at Atascocita High School. She said over half of the total bond money is going toward construction projects at five schools. “We’re a fast-growth district, so we need to build some new schools, and we have schools that are pretty old and outdated,” Fagan told the crowd. “We’d like to replace them so all children have a wonderful place to learn.” view article arw

The Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District may spend up to $350,000 for the creation of a fine arts academy that would incorporate various related programs in addition to a curriculum that meets state standards. Dubbed the Ybarra Fine Arts Academy Renovation Project, the academy has been in the works since January and is slated to open for the 2019-20 academic year, Superintendent Ronaldo Cavazos said. The academy will renovate the David Ybarra Middle School, gearing the campus toward fine arts such as dance and music. The district entered into a “hold harmless agreement” with Enriquez Construction for the project this month. view article arw

Poolville ISD board of trustees approved a contract for voice services and a one-time payment for installation of a new bell and PA system during their meeting on Thursday evening. Trustees approved a 36-month contract with the company Jive for phone services using a cloud-based system district-wide. The new service costs $13,273 up front and $1,365 monthly, Poolville ISD Superintendent Jimmie Dobbs said. view article arw

Construction at White Oak ISD campuses is on schedule to be completed by Aug. 1. Superintendent Mike Gilbert updated the board of trustees at their meeting Monday on summer construction projects from Phase 2 of a 2017 bond issue. view article arw

Keller ISD had its first meeting to discuss the implementation of the 10-year facilities plan. The Citizens Bond Advisory Committee met for the first time June 13 to begin talking about the specifics for projects that were identified in the plan, specifically the dollar amount for a bond and which of the 66 projects to begin first. view article arw

School district leaders believe smaller will be better when it comes to the firm that will shepherd its $28 million bond program. Sweeny ISD trustees named Stewart Builders its top choice to serve as contract manager at risk during its meeting Tuesday night. The company was one of four to seek the designation, Super- intendent Tory Hill said at the meeting. view article arw

The Willis ISD board of trustees members voted to name their new central administration building after Sharon Hill Jennette, who served as assistant to the superintendent for 49 years until May 31. Jennette passed away the next day on June 1. The board of trustees unanimously approved naming the new building after Jennette on May 28, according to Director of Communications Jamie Fails. view article arw

The Smithville school district is raising money through brick sales for maintenance on the track at Tiger Stadium and/or to expand the score board to include video, according to district officials. The bricks — which will be laid out along the entryway to the newly built Tiger Stadium and may be engraved with names, personal messages or show Tiger pride — will raise $67,200 if all 448 are sold. The money raised will also cover the costs associated with the fundraiser, district spokeswoman Ana Murray told the Times. view article arw

The Spring ISD board of trustees will decide on approving its $324 million budget for the 2019-2020 year. The board will also decide if it will approve funding for three ninth grade centers it is also building as part of its $330 million bond approved by voters in 2016. The district hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Dekaney High School ninth grade center on Tuesday, June 4. view article arw

Construction is underway at City View High School after the passing of a $10 million school bond in May. Phase one of the project is making the library the band hall and the band hall the library. This project is expected to be complete four days before school starts on August 19, 2019, and will give a lot more room to a band that is really in need of the room. Superintendent Tony Bushong said there is a lot of excitement for this work to be complete. view article arw

Board approves early college high school name change. The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees approved changing the name of Falcon Early College High School, reorganized with new officers and heard a budget update following the legislative session. Chief Financial Officer David Harwell said Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3 Tuesday, which means an increase in state funding for public schools. view article arw

Northwest ISD’s board of trustees approved at its June 10 meeting a bid of about $36.55 million to build the district’s first aquatic center. Construction on the center is expected to begin toward the end of the summer and take about two years to complete. The center will be located at the intersection of Texan Drive and Ag Barn Drive Loop, across from NISD’s administration center in Fort Worth. view article arw

Willis ISD’s Board of Trustees meeting is Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cargill Education Support Center, 204 W. Rogers, Willis, Texas 77378. The Board will make a major decision regarding whether to purchase 20 acres of real property for $60,000 per acre. The property is located just west of Longmire Road and on the south side of Pine Valley Lane in Conroe, Texas. The agenda indicates the 20 acres will be used to support the expansion of educational and related facilities. view article arw

The Chisum ISD board will look at possibly extending its contract with project managers for the $26.94 million 2016 bond project at Monday night’s meeting. The project started in 2017 and has finished multiple parts of the three-phase project. Middle and elementary classrooms, ag classroom, greenhouse and a new fieldhouse have gone up.  view article arw

Spring ISD’s new stadium will be named Planet Ford Stadium, according to a Spring ISD June 6 news release. The $750,000, 10-year contract, which was ceremonially signed at the district’s June 6 board of trustees workshop, will give Randall Reed’s Planet Ford naming rights over both the stadium and community center for the next decade. “Planet Ford, one of the most successful automotive dealerships in the state, has always been a big supporter of Spring ISD, and I couldn’t be happier that our new stadium will be named after this great organization,” Superintendent Rodney Watson said in a statement. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider changing the name of Falcon Early College High School to Odessa Collegiate Academy when they meet in a work study session set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. view article arw

Jeffco School District in Colorado is asking the community for their opinion on whether Columbine High School should be torn down and rebuilt due to the increase of others 'morbid fascination' with the school, a letter from the district says. In 1999, 13 people were killed by two students in a mass shooting at the school in Littleton, Colorado. Nearly two dozen others were injured. "The tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999 serves as a point of origin for this contagion of school shootings," Jason Glass, superintendent, says in the letter. "School shooters refer to and study the Columbine shooting as a macabre source of inspiration and motivation." view article arw

Austin ISD broke ground June 6 on a new parking garage at Bowie High School, the first of three major construction projects scheduled for the South Austin school through 2022. The garage, which could be completed by summer 2020, is one of many improvements taking place on the campus through the district’s 2017 bond, according to Principal Mark Robinson. view article arw