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Construction has begun on the mega $65 million expansion of Houston's River Oaks Baptist School, the Christian private school announced via a press release last week. The record amount, raised by the educational institution earlier this fall, is one of the largest fundraisers in the U.S. for a school ending in eighth grade, according to the National Association of Independent Schools. view article arw

Here is a precinct-level look at the results of Georgetown ISD's bond election in November.  view article arw

The Lewisville ISD board of trustees voted Dec. 10 to name the district’s new elementary school Mill Street Elementary. The elementary school, which is located on Mill Street in Lewisville, will open for the 2019-20 school year and will replace College Street Elementary. Over the summer the LISD trustees formed a committee to find a name that captured the character and history of downtown Lewisville. After conducting extensive research and receiving suggestions from the city of Lewisville and current College Street staff, the committee brought forth four options—Bethel Elementary, Mill Street Elementary, Milliken Elementary and Pecan Grove Elementary. view article arw

Humble ISD board of trustees approved the final design of Elementary No. 29 designed by Joiner Architects during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. Elementary No. 29 is a $35-$40 million project that is funded through a $245 million bond that was approved in 2008. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees revealed the recommended name for Elementary School 51: Malala Yousafzai Elementary School. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at age 17 after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012. During a Dec. 10 special meeting trustee and board secretary Dave Rosenthal, who serves on the district’s school naming committee, said he met about a month ago with a group of teachers, parents, administrators and community members to discuss names for the school. view article arw

Calhoun County ISD is vying for some of the $1 billion the federal government committed earlier this year to projects that would protect Texans from the next hurricane. The district is asking for the federal government to pay about 75 percent of the cost of a dome that can withstand 200 mph winds, which would be about $3 million, Superintendent Larry Nichols said. view article arw

In April, Ellen DeGeneres announced on her television show that she was helping donate $1 million to Rockport-Fulton High School. According to district officials, that money will go toward building a new competition gym for the students. The design for the new gym has just been approved. Hurricane Harvey destroyed two gyms that Aransas County ISD students used. After the storm, the girls volleyball team at Rockport-Fulton High School played out of town or shared their gym with others. view article arw

At its annual State of the School parent meeting last Monday, Providence Academy announced its plan to launch its high school in the 2019-2020 school year beginning with ninth grade. Located in Rockwall County, Providence Academy is a fully accredited Christian Classical University-Model® school housed at Chisholm Baptist Church that currently enrolls students in grades K-8. “It has always been our vision that Providence Academy would grow to include the high school grades,” said Head of School Alissa Mauldin. “Our plan is to introduce ninth grade for 2019-2020 and then add subsequent grades each year.” view article arw

The Spring ISD board of trustees will vote to approve major construction projects, a training center's remodeling and a safety and security package at an upcoming regular meeting on Tuesday. The board will vote to approve over $15 million as the initial guaranteed maximum price to go toward the construction of the Spring High School Ninth Grade Center and $3.5 million for the Dekaney High School Ninth Grade Center. view article arw

New plans for Killeen High School could move forward following the vote that is expected to take place at Tuesday's Killeen school board meeting. The board will vote to approve a $23 million change for Killeen High School that was presented to the school board during its Nov. 27 workshop. In the original bond proposal that passed in May, $75 million of a $191 million proposition for school renovations and updates was budgeted for the renovations of Killeen High. view article arw

White Oak school trustees were taking the long view Monday, discussing projects beyond the new roofs, science labs, field house and other improvements that are almost wrapped up from last spring’s $19 million bond. Trustees began weighing what they might accomplish with money from bond work  view article arw

Lewisville ISD won’t be rezoning four Flower Mound elementary schools this year after all. The LISD Board of Trustees on Monday voted to table two boundary adjustment decisions following various concerns from board members. One of the proposals was to rezone Bridlewood and Flower Mound elementary schools. Board members had concerns with how the proposal splits the town of Double Oak. view article arw

Canyon ISD getting the ball rolling on several construction projects. Tonight the board of trustees approved reimbursement from future bond proceeds, renovation to Canyon Junior High, Canyon Intermediate, Sundown Lane, and the Career and Technology Academy. CISD selected Southwest General Contractors for the renovations of the schools. view article arw

The sounds of work crews greet Tyler ISD high school students each morning as construction on the renovation of John Tyler and Robert E. Lee campuses is well underway. While construction is more noticeable at Lee — its campus is older so more has to be built new — students at John Tyler are seeing the work all around them and will occupy parts of their new facilities first. A $198 million bond package is funding the construction. The community overwhelming supported the proposal at the polls in May 2017. In 2021, when the new facilities officially open, Tyler ISD will boast two virtually new state-of-the-art high schools, each measuring more than 400,000 square feet. view article arw

Judson ISD delays opening new campus

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Construction delays have pushed back the expected opening of Judson Independent School District’s newest elementary school to February, superintendent Jeanette Ball announced. The first day of school at Wortham Oaks Elementary is tentatively set for Feb. 4, following a Jan. 31 open house, she said at a meeting Thursday night. view article arw

Hoping to foster a more unified relationship with their Winter Texan neighbors, the LJISD Sports & Learning Complex recently held their first Howling Bash last Saturday. Located at 1801 N. Western Rd. in Mission, TX, the La Joya Independent School District’s Sports & Learning Complex includes a natatorium, planetarium, tennis courts and a full golf course called Howling Trails. During the Howling Bash, which the district aims to hold once a month, Winter Texans are able to take advantage of the grounds with access to the public pools, courts, planetarium and golf course. The event took place last Saturday morning, and was host to a co-ed golf tournament, screenings of a couple of short films at the planetarium, pickleball, lap swimming and water aerobics classes. view article arw

Mourning the loss of their school's namesake, students at Fort Bend ISD's George Bush High School memorialized the passing of the former president during an orchestra concert on Tuesday. Their black uniforms accented by colorful socks in honor of a man known for his colorful sock collection, student musicians performed two selections in Bush's honor: "Rhosymedre" by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and a brief setting of "America the Beautiful," arranged by BHS Orchestra Director Brian Runnels. view article arw

Frisco Independent School District (FISD) will begin construction next year on its 11th high school, which will be constructed on the eastern side of the school district. The campus will be built near the intersection of Stacy Road and Collin McKinney Parkway in west McKinney. Its expected opening date has been moved up by one year, moving the original projected date from 2022 to 2021 due to updated enrollment projections. Plans for the school are moving forward following voter approval of the 2018 bond program and Tax Ratification Election. Only identified as High School No. 11, the new project will be funded under the 2014 bond program. The election ensures funds will be available for other district infrastructure needs, such as school maintenance and repairs, which might have taken priority over new school construction. view article arw

ADDISON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Two Texas public schoolscarry the name of George H.W. Bush, and one of them is in Addison. Students at the Dallas ISD school reflected Monday on the history the 41st president helped create.  The points of light for the elementary school are 700 strong. view article arw

With more than 68 percent in favor of the bond, Canyon ISD is excited that their $196 million bond will be used to enhance their students' education. “We are committed to being wise with the funds that they have entrusted to us," said Member of the Board of Trustees for Canyon ISD Linda Hinders. "We feel like we presented the facts. They came on board with us with the same vision, and can see just all the possibilities for CISD. We are so appreciative.” view article arw

Football fans in Weslaco, Texas, wrapped up their season at Bobby Lackey Stadium in November, which features the largest LED video display in high school sports. Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, designed and manufactured the landmark installation. At 36 feet high by 66 feet wide, the display features a 15HD pixel layout, stands as tall as a telephone pole and as long as a bowling lane. It delivers the resolution, brightness and viewing angles ideal for the 12,000+ fans attending football games. “This display is as impressive in capability as it is in size. view article arw

As black and Hispanic students struggle academically in Longview ISD, Superintendent James Wilcox has poured resources into strengthening the district’s vocational programs to help students who are less likely to go to college. For example, the board gave Wilcox the go-ahead to spend more than $2 million to build a district-owned meat processing lab, complete with a smoke room, processing and packaging equipment, and instruction room. Soon after the lab was built in 2014, students gave board members a tour, walking them through the process from bringing in live animals to butchering them and shipping them out in packages. view article arw

The Carroll ISD school board reviewed design plans for the new music center at Carroll Senior High School during the Dec. 3 regular meeting. Plans include a state-of-the-art music hall and multilevel seating for over 700 people, according to a presentation by Huckabee Architects. The facility will be unique in that it will be used strictly for musical performances.  view article arw

Brownsville ISD (BISD), located in the southern tip of Texas, is working with Schneider Electric, energy and sustainability specialist, on comprehensive upgrades to transform facilities across the district and make campuses more efficient, effective and safe. In addition, Schneider Electric has worked with the district to facilitate a number of student engagement activities that will enable greater understanding of STEM concepts. These programs are designed for students to gain exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Schneider Electric has been working with teachers and faculty to engage with students on an educational level since it began working with the school district. view article arw

The district is making history by building the first One Water school in Texas. A One Water school promotes managing all the water as a single resource that is sustainable and reusable.  "This is huge for us. This is the first time that I would ever even conceive that it would happen," Superintendent Dwain York said. "This is an awesome concept. It works great in the Hill Country and especially in the community of Wimberley."​ view article arw

We are pleased to announce the update of Debt at a Glance Profiles. We annually update debt statistics on all Texas cities, counties, school districts and community college districts for the previous fiscal year. Also included is a statewide debt overview. view article arw

The Clear Creek ISD board of trustees at its Nov. 26 meeting approved the schematic design to rebuild Clear View High School with 2017 bond money, according to a district press release. view article arw

As a result of the 2008 bond election, Longview ISD built eight schools, renovated three others, razed several school buildings and upgraded technology across the district. By then, the makeup of the town had changed significantly since the federal court order forced Longview to start busing. Hispanic families, primarily Mexican immigrants, moved to Longview and filled the void left by white families who had fled the public schools. A district that was about 65 percent white, 0.2 percent Hispanic and 35 percent black in 1973 had become about 48 percent black, 28 percent Hispanic and 24 percent white by 2008. view article arw

While Wimberley Independent School District’s new primary school hasn’t been named, the school is making history as it will soon be the first One Water school in Texas. Wimberley ISD Trustees voted unanimously at a Nov. 29 special meeting to include rainwater and HVAC condensate collection together with wastewater treatment and reuse in the construction of the new school on Winters Mill Parkway, focusing on conservation of natural resources, green stormwater infrastructure, open space preservation and education. view article arw

In May, residents voted to approve two bond projects totaling $426 million that would allow the Killeen Independent School District to take on several construction and renovation projects. In the following months, those plans have gone through multiple changes. Most recently, a $23 million change for Killeen High School was presented to the school board. In the original bond proposal, $75 million of a $191 million proposition for school renovations and updates was budgeted for the renovations of Killeen High. view article arw

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Plans for gym renovation take shape

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The Alvord School Board Monday reviewed plans for the renovations of its elementary school gym and could take action at its meeting in January. The board was presented with preliminary plans for the project this week, which includes a near-total renovation of the school’s 67-year-old gym building. That will likely include repairing the roof, adding HVAC, a new floor/court, new bleachers, new exterior finish, renovation of the music room, restroom remodeling and addition of water fountains, Superintendent Randy Brown said. The board is expected to hear pricing and different options for the project on Jan. 21. view article arw

Trustees for Hallsville ISD have formally hired an architectural firm for a possible construction project. The district entered contract negotiations with Huckabee Architects after trustees chose the company for architectural and bond campaign services in July. Superintendent Jeff Collum told trustees Thursday night that the approved proposal promises that the district will use the company once the board decides what project to tackle. view article arw

VLK Architects proudly announces the appointment of Haley Thurston as new Associate. Thurston has proven to be an expert in her field and has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to the mission and values of VLK. To become Associate, individuals must be self-motivated and consistently demonstrate the initiative, talent, and commitment of assuming additional responsibilities and leadership roles. They also must show exceptional understanding of the many facets of the architectural practice, develop and strengthen relationships with our clients and business associates, guide and enhance the development of staff, and contribute to the advancement of the firm through innovative ideas and efforts. view article arw

Nine months after the Austin Indepen­dent School District board voted to change the names of five district facilities named after Confederate figures, just one has received approval for a new name – and it isn't even an active school. At the board's meeting Monday night, Nov. 26, trustees approved a motion to rename the former Allan Elementary School after Anita Ferrales Coy, who worked as a principal at the school and later as a district administrator for over 20 years. The vote passed 6-1-1, with District 3 Trustee Ann Teich voting against and D4 Trustee Kristin Ashy (who was sworn in earlier that evening) abstaining. In a prepared statement, Teich explained the motivation behind her vote: Ashy and D1 Trustee LaTisha Anderson, who was also sworn in Monday, needed more time to get up to speed on the discussion. Teich also said, "I can't, in good conscience, justify spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on renaming schools" when the district faces a budget crisis – although she conceded "if my fellow trustees and the taxpayers who support them are comfortable spending that kind of money, they will act accordingly." view article arw