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 A multi-million dollar expansion of the Austin Convention Center is being proposed and this weekend city officials want to know if the public thinks it’s a good idea. Several concerns have been raised, from the price tag, to the land the city would have to acquire to build the expansion and the impact if the Texas Privacy Act passes. view article arw

Temple says stadium plans still on

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Temple University officials insist their plans to build a $100 million football stadium are going forward despite reports that the effort has hit a snag. School officials said Wednesday a story in the university's campus newspaper claiming a stadium feasibility study has ended is untrue. view article arw

Klein Independent School District plans to build a 14,770-square-foot agricultural science center in north Houston off the Grand Parkway, according to development applications filed with the city in February. Robert Robertson, associate superintendent of facility and school services with Klein, said the new facility will have 15 cattle stalls, 52 pig stalls and 26 sheep or goat stalls. It will have two animal wash areas, tractor storage, a workroom and space for a future poultry barn. view article arw

The Forney Independent School District (ISD) recently announced the appointment of a new principal for Warren Middle School. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Forney ISD Board of Trustees held a special called meeting and approved Sondra Floyd as the new principal at Warren Middle School. view article arw

Citing lower enrollment growth projections at the elementary level and construction challenges, the College Station school district will push back the opening of its 10th elementary school to fall 2019. view article arw

Archer City ISD shows off new school

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The Archer City Independent School District showed off its new school Tuesday night. A $17.7 million bond, narrowly passed by voters in 2014, is responsible for bringing the new building to life. Just a few months ago, the Archer City Junior High and High School students were learning in portable buildings, but finally after waiting more than a year, they are in their new school. view article arw

South San ISD mulls school closures

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The South San Antonio Independent School District is considering closing up to three of the district’s 15 schools amid declining enrollment, Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra said at a community forum Monday night. “We basically have too big a footprint right now for the number of students we serve,” Saavedra said. Over the past two years, overall enrollment at South San ISD has declined from 9,959 to 9,638 students, resulting in a loss of $2.4 million in revenue, according to the district. Furthermore, on average, 41 percent of classrooms across the district stand empty, according to numbers prepared for the district, and future enrollment projections are grim. view article arw

The Leander ISD board of trustees voted during a Feb. 2 workshop to name the district’s 26th elementary school Monta Akin Elementary School. Akin was the assistant superintendent of instructional services in LISD and retired in December 2015 after more than 40 years in the district. According to a news release from LISD, Akin was instrumental in implementing the district’s continuous improvement culture and guiding documents, and she worked closely with one of the district’s longtime superintendents, Tom Glenn. view article arw

The South San Antonio Independent School District has scheduled a series of community meetings to address how to more efficiently run the district. The district's superintendent confirmed a recommendation will likely be made to shutter some schools as part of a plan to be formally announced later this spring. view article arw

Nearly three weeks after discussing a proposed $61 million bond package which includes a new elementary school, districtwide technology upgrades and multiple building renovations, the Pottsboro Independent School District's board vowed to continue its discussion of the proposal and its potential projects in greater detail, during the months ahead. view article arw

The Holdsworth Foundation has selected a 44 scenic acres on Lake Austin to build a “world-class” institute to train public education leaders across the state. Charles Butt, chairman and CEO of the H-E-B grocery chain, founded The Holdsworth Center to improve the quality of public education by cultivating its leaders, who in turn are key to teacher development and retention. Butt has pledged to invest $100 million to establish the center, which is named for his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, an educator and philanthropist. view article arw

New construction, renovations and additions to current facilities will be considered in a $85 million bond package for Burleson voters to approve in May.  The Burleson ISD board of trustees unanimously approved calling the bond election on Monday night.  Voters approved a $259 million bond package in November 2006, which built three elementary schools and Burleson Centennial High School.  “Burleson ISD is growing, and our student population will increase over the next 10 years,” Superintendent Bret Jimerson said. “Knowing this, the board of trustees tasked a Facility Advisory Committee to review the needs of the district, analyze data and develop a plan to address the facilities’ needs of the district. view article arw

West Texas A&M University has agreed in principle to transfer Kimbrough Memorial Stadium to Canyon Independent School District and build a new on-campus stadium, although there will now be a year delay, officials from both institutions announced Friday. The news comes about five months after WT President Walter V. Wendler, hired in September, ordered a re-evaluation of plans to replace aging Kimbrough with a new 12,000-seat facility, plans that were already formed before Wendler took office. view article arw

Katy ISD is accepting nominations for the naming of its second stadium that is set to open this fall. If you're interested in submitting a name for review, the district says you must submit a completed nomination form and follow the naming guidelines. view article arw

 Round Rock ISD has finalized its plans for a $572 million bond package that is now in the hands of voters this May. The bond will include the building of the district’s 35th elementary school, a high school, an indoor aquatics center, a third outdoor athletic facility and designs for a permanent Early College and Health Professionals High School. view article arw

There's a big need for new schools in Central Texas and this May the Hays Consolidated Independent School District will ask voters to approve $250 million in the form of two bond propositions. Nearly half of the money will go toward building the district's third high school. The bond proposals are split into Prop 1 and Prop 2. Proposition 1 totals $189,850,000 for the construction of a high school and two elementary schools. Proposition 2 funds $60,150,000 in upgrades to career and technical education programs, libraries, fine arts, athletics, transportation and security. view article arw

Port Aransas ISD Bond issue

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Voters will be asked to approve a $6 million school bond issue on May 6. Port Aransas ISD trustees ordered the election at a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8. Superintendent Sharon McKinney said the bond election will be for $6 million to be paid off in 10 years, “but, really, we’ll pay it off in seven years.”   view article arw

A recent Spring Independent School District board work session presentation outlined the timetable for projects from the district's 2016 $330 million bond referendum. Last November, voters approved the bond, enabling the district to fund five new schools, a stadium and a police command center, and addresses maintenance and busing issues. view article arw

 The design plans for the city’s first high-tech school were unveiled Tuesday. CAST Tech will be located in the two former vocation building on the Fox Tech High School campus downtown.  SAISD school celebrates Texas Blue Ribbon recognition view article arw

Tyler ISD bond facing opposition

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Tyler ISD will have a $198 million bond on the May ballot for renovations at Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High Schools. view article arw

White Oak ISD patrons will be asked to approve a $19 million facilities bond May 6, district trustees decided this week.  "There's no frills in this," Superintendent Mike Gilbert said of the proposal, devised by a 24-member committee, that won unanimous board approval Monday night. "We're just trying to meet the needs to educate our kids for another 15 to 20 years down the road."  If approved by voters this spring, the proposal will add almost 39 cents to the White Oak ISD tax rate, which would rise next year to $1.6255 per $100 taxable property value. That Facilities Planning Committee, comprising teachers, parents, business owners and others, held seven meetings beginning in October. Its resulting plan would replace all campus roofs, build an almost $6 million science wing at the high school and spend more than $1 million to renovate middle school science labs. view article arw

The Mineola ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously tonight to call for a bond election to be put on the May ballot.  On Saturday, May 6, voters will go to the polls to vote on a $41 million school bond referendum. view article arw

The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District is taking extra precautions to ensure safety at all of its campuses. The measure comes from a 2014 bond program that put aside about $55 million to increase security at all of the district’s schools. view article arw

On Monday, February 13, 2017, the Board of Trustees adopted an order calling for a bond election on May 6, 2017, which includes the district’s third high school and two elementary schools, among other projects. The ballot will include two propositions. view article arw

The Wichita Falls Independent School District board members learned how three campuses that failed to meet state standards are doing at Tuesday's board meeting. view article arw

On Monday, February 13, the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call a bond election on May 6, 2017 for $198 million to address the facilities at John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School. The bond was recommended by administration for board consideration after speaking with a cross section of the community, including business leaders, campus staff, district administrators, parents, community members and civic leaders. read more arw

With very few weather delays, construction projects at Cleveland ISD – part of a $35 million bond – are moving along at a rapid pace. However, before the first students walk inside one of the new classrooms at Southside and Eastside elementary schools or Cleveland Middle School, the district's population is expected to be at capacity, prompting district officials to already be looking down the road at another bond. view article arw

The Mansfield school board voted Monday to ask voters for $275 million to build new schools and improve existing ones. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday called a bond election for May 6 in the amount of $737.6 million. view article arw

UNIVERSITY PARK — Some residents are concerned about plans by the Highland Park ISD to rebuild an indoor tennis facility, saying that it will create even more traffic congestion in an area that is already clogged.  Several of those residents will attend Tuesday night's planning and zoning meeting where the proposed facility will be discussed.   If the plan to rebuild the Seay Tennis Center is approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council could give final approval to the center at its March 7 meeting, said Steve Mace, city spokesman. The council could also choose to delay a vote until its next meeting on March 21.  view article arw

The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees approved the Long-Range Planning Committee’s recommendation, calling for a $399 million capital bond referendum. view article arw

The Hays Consolidated Independent School District board voted Monday night to move forward with a $250 million bond election. view article arw

For months now the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee, or FABPAC, has been meeting and consulting with the public to determine the future use of schools and facilities in Austin ISD. Preliminary recommendations suggest a significant number of school consolidations and modernizations, resulting in a fair amount of feedback from neighborhood groups and parents alike. In late March, the recommendations formed by the committee will come before the board of trustees for a vote. On Monday night, FABPAC members appeared at the board’s work session to present their progress and solicit feedback. Here are four areas of concern voiced by the board members in response view article arw

After a day of training at a statewide conference on public education in Houston in 2009, former Beaumont ISD Superintendent Carrol Thomas invited the district's board of trustees to dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House near the Galleria. view article arw

In front of a heckling crowd, the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to send a $737.5 million bond proposal to the voters on May 6. The proposition will allow voters to approve funding for various facilities projects around the district, including the refurbishment of existing buildings, and the building of new schools. view article arw