The panther pride at United South High School grew even more with the recent addition of a ninth-grade campus. UISD officials welcomed home the class of 2021 on Tuesday during a dedication ceremony for the new United South High ninth-grade campus. The two-story campus neighbors United South High School and boasts 30 classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art features. The new ninth-grade campus represents the district meeting demands for a growing student population as well as its progress toward innovation. This addition brings technology opportunities, including various labs and interactive whiteboards, into the classroom that were previously not available. view article arw

Leander ISD celebrated Veterans Day last week by welcoming America’s heroes to events, performances and learning engagements. It is important for our students to learn about the sacrifices our nation’s veterans have made to serve this country.  These men and women served to safeguard the freedoms we cherish, one of which is the right to cast a vote to direct our public entities, including LISD.    view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District bond steering committee will have a chance to see the Career Center during a meeting tonight. The past two weeks, the committee members have seen Harker Heights High School and East Ward Elementary School. This is part of a plan for the committee members to view first-hand the needs of the older buildings in the district, according to superintendent John Craft. On the bond steering committee agenda tonight will be a review of potential projects considered for inclusion on the proposed bond issue. A cost analysis of the potential projects will also be discussed, along with steps to building a project budget. view article arw

Denton ISD officials unanimously voted to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary after a longtime educator in the district. Starting in fall 2018, Lee Elementary will be known as Alice Moore Alexander Elementary School. Alexander taught kindergarten and first grade for 45 years in Denton. view article arw

A proposed aquatic center built in partnership between the city of Georgetown and Georgetown ISD could add competition-level pools and a host of amenities to existing facilities at the Georgetown Recreation Center in San Gabriel Park, according to a feasibility study presented Tuesday to Georgetown City Council. However, to build such a facility could require more than $22.3 million and cost up to $376,000 annually to maintain, according to Keith Hayes, a principal with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, the firm selected to undertake the study for the proposed aquatic center, also known as a natatorium. view article arw

Among the items on the Ector County Independent School District Board meeting agenda today is a discussion of next steps following the defeat of the district’s $291,172,291 million bond issue and tax ratification election. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the first floor board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. view article arw

One of the most common concerns Tyler ISD faced while selling its bond package to the community was: What about the middle schools? At Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, the district presented a look at what those answers might entail. Early in the planning process for the May high school bond package, the question of timing for middle schools came up. The district still had several middle school facilities that needed to be renovated, as well. During the exploration process, it became apparent to the board that the middle schools needed a comprehensive plan before new facilities were decided upon view article arw

Corpus Christi ISD officials are looking to purchase a plot of land that will be the site for a new Carroll High School. During Monday’s board meeting, trustees discussed and approved a resolution with a 7-0 vote to reimburse the district for the land purchase once funds become available via a bond election, said Brigitte Clark, CCISD's chief administrative officer. view article arw

Austin school district leaders will move ahead to rename five Austin campuses with ties to the Confederacy, even if some school communities push back against the decision. School Superintendent Paul Cruz told trustees Monday night that while early in the process, the district’s intent is to rename the schools. Input from community members would come in the form of how they want it changed, he said. view article arw

A plan to rename five Austin ISD campuses named after Confederate soldiers and government officials is underway. Tonight trustees discussed what the process would entail in terms of community engagement and cost. Schools to be considered for renaming include Zachary Taylor Fulmore Middle School, Sidney Lanier Early College High School, John H. Reagan Early College High School and Eastside Memorial Early College High School at the Albert Sidney Johnston campus. The John T. Allan facility, a former school which is now defunct, is also on the list. The general consensus among trustees was renaming the schools showed the district’s commitment to inclusion of all students. view article arw

Five Austin school district campuses with names tied to the Confederacy will get new names by August under a proposal by district administrators. “The time has come that we address this elephant,” school board President Kendall Pace said Monday. “We don’t need schools named for Confederate soldiers and sympathizers.” view article arw

Renovations on the home side of Lion Stadium could begin as early as this week, according to HISD Superintendent Keith Boles, after the board voted to approve the renovations during its Nov. 1 meeting. “We’re set to sign a contract on Monday and will be getting started fencing everything off next week,” Boles said. “Demolition is supposed to start Nov. 20.” view article arw

The Sherman Independent School District discussed the next steps in the implementation of its bond proposal initiatives Monday. The discussion follows the approval of the $176 million bond package by voters on Nov. 7. The approved package includes district-wide technology upgrades, a new Sherman High School on a new site and upgrades to the HVAC and energy management system at the current Sherman High School. After the $308 million bond failed in the spring election, voters passed the new bond package with 2,548 votes for, or 57 percent of the vote, and 1,882 votes against. view article arw

The historic Tomato Bowl is getting a new lease on life. As the last home football game of the season ended at the Jacksonville Independent School District stadium, hundreds of students, administrators and residents rushed the field to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Tomato Bowl football stadium Friday night. view article arw

Total change of mascot, colors and more would cost district $1.3 million.  Last month, the North East Independent School District school board voted to rename the campus to Legacy of Educational Excellence, making the acronym L.E.E.  The school will keep the same colors and mascot and items with "Lee" will eventually be phased out over time. view article arw

Thirty-five votes was all it took for Snook voters to reject a request for a $7.5 million school bond package, but the district's top administrator says giving up is not an option. "Obviously I'm disappointed in the results, but I'm not discouraged," said Brenda Krchnak, superintendent for Snook schools. "And I'm going to keep working hard for these kids and fighting for what's best for our district." view article arw

On Nov. 2, Superintendent John Craft of the Killeen Independent School District, told the bond steering committee, “Think about a bond like a mortgage.” Craft continued his definition of a bond as an investor loaning money to the school district with interest. Like a mortgage, the money investors lend to the district when they purchase the bonds must be paid back over a period of years, Craft said. The district’s 2002 bond issue of $98.72 million had a term of 26 years and is being paid back as the district seeks another bond. view article arw

It’s a great time to be a Rattler. Those were the words of Navasota Independent School Districtsuperintendent this week after a bond election passed that will allow the district to make some much needed improvements. Leaky roofs, ceiling tiles caving into classrooms, air conditioning units out of service—a mounting list of problems with the aging buildings in Navasota ISD. view article arw

Another project from the Killeen Independent School District’s Strategic Facility Plan is on the board of trustees’ agenda for their Tuesday night meeting. The guaranteed maximum price for an agriculture science facility will be presented to the board. On the latest Strategic Facility Plan, the cost for the project has been listed as “TBD” — to be determined. The project will be funded through the district’s existing strategic facility budget. view article arw

The list of potential projects being considered for inclusion in the Killeen Independent School District proposed bond issue is quite long. The $50 million football stadium is no longer on that list, according to John Craft, KISD superintendent. “Our focus is on instructional needs,” Craft said at Thursday night’s bond steering committee meeting. view article arw

Support for public education, teachers, and all education employees was strong in elections across Texas and the nation on Tuesday. School bonds and candidates for school board backed by Texas AFT local affiliates prevailed in key school-district elections from Houston to El Paso. Defenders of public education also won big victories in national bellwether elections from coast to coast.  Here in Texas, major school bonds were approved by voters in Austin ISD and Socorro ISD (El Paso area) thanks in large part to the efforts of our local union members. In Houston ISD, candidates backed by our local affiliates and allies swept to outright victories in three of four key trustee races, and the union-supported candidate leads heading into a runoff in the fourth race. In nearby Cypress-Fairbanks ISD the story was similar, with outright wins for candidates backed by Cy-Fair AFT. view article arw

Tuesday voters approved both Propositions A and B of the Little Elm ISD school bond. Sixty-nine percent of voters were in favor of Proposition A, and proposition B passed with 65 percent of the vote. Little Elm ISD Superintendent Daniel Gallagher said, “I’ve gotten a lot of emails and text messages congratulating me, and the first thing I told people is that it is not about me. I feel so good about this because it is a win for the kids. Now that we’ve got voter support with this bond, we can truly move forward with planning for the construction of these two new middle schools. We’re really excited about that.” view article arw

Humble ISD Citizens Bond Advisory Committee members rotated through eight-minute presentations about eight of the major projects under consideration for a bond package that will go for a vote in May 2018. The committee is responsible for formulating a bond package proposal to present to the Humble Independent School District board on Tuesday, Jan. 9. In their third session, committee members met at Humble High School on Monday, Nov. 6. view article arw

Get ready for construction in Haskell, for the first time in Haskell CISD history, voters passed a bond Tuesday night for nearly $22 million. Several additions and upgrades are on the way, including a new performing arts center, which the superintendent said will benefit not just the school, but the community as a whole. view article arw

Voters in Williamson and Travis counties approved by a wide margin the $454.4 million Leander school bond package. With just under 10,000 votes cast, 66 percent supported the bond, while 34 percent voted against the package.  It had been 10 years since the Leander school board placed a bond measure on the ballot. Among the projects in the bond: the construction of four new schools in the next four years; land purchases for nine more schools; a second transportation facility and new buses; and secure entrances at secondary schools, among other things.  The district says it can pay off the bonds without raising its tax rate. With 1,100 new students projected to enroll in the school district each year, that growth and the home construction boom in the northern portion of the district will help absorb the tax impact, officials said. view article arw

United ISD began a new chapter Wednesday with a formal groundbreaking ceremony to mark the construction for elementary school No. 30, based in the Lomas del Sur Subdivision located at 3611 Alfredo Cantu Drive. It is projected for completion for the 2018-19 school year. Plans to expedite the construction of Cuatro Vientos Campus/Lomas Del Sur came after the United ISD Bond Oversight Committee reviewed existing plans for the upcoming construction projects and determined that this project was at the top of the priority list for the district. view article arw

Voters in Deer Park took to the polls Nov. 7 and overwhelmingly voiced their support for a $156 million bond that will fund improvements for the district, beginning with the rebuilding of Carpenter Elementary. "On behalf of the students of Deer Park ISD, I want to thank the voters for their continued support," Superintendent Victor White said. "This bond proposal will help us provide the tools our children need to succeed in a constantly changing world." view article arw

Voters approved five of five school funding questions in Central Texas on Tuesday.  The Austin Independent School District, Lake Travis ISD, Leander ISD and Lago Vista ISD all posed bond questions, which use tax money for various renovations and technology upgrades. Eanes ISD asked for a change in the tax rate, which can be used for general district expenses.  view article arw

Early voting results show Austin residents giving initial approval of the Austin school district’s $1.05 billion bond package, the largest attempted in Central Texas.  Nearly 25,800 cast votes in early voting, with 68.1 percent, or 17, 568 in favor, and 31.9 percent, or 8,231 opposed.  The bond projects will pay to rebuild multiple schools, construct new campuses and address overcrowding, among other things. view article arw

PRING BRANCH ISD – Based on complete but unofficial returns, voters in Spring Branch ISD approved an $898.4 million bond referendum by a 4-1 margin. With 46 of 46 precincts reporting, Harris County’s unofficial returns show 12,185 total ballots cast, with 9,599 district residents voting for the referendum and 2,459 voting against it.  “We’re very grateful. It’s a significant win for the kids and for our community. I’m humbled by the margin of victory,” SBISD Superintendent Scott Muri, Ed.D., told the Houston Chronicle newspaper as the overall voter approval margin approached 80 percent last night view article arw

Voters in the Calallen Independent School District, approved a $35 million bond yesterday. The administration insists that it will provide more educational opportunities for the students in the Calallen area. “The tennis team is going to benefit, our Aggs Science is going to benefit from it, so are the athletic programs, but so is the music and fine arts program, all of those programs are going to benefit from the passage of this bond issue,” Dr. Arturo Almendarez, Calallen ISD Superintendent, told KRIS.  view article arw

ODESSA -- Voters said no to the Ector County ISD $291-million bond proposal and the Tax Ratification Election, which in short would’ve raised property taxes for the first time in nine years. Roughly 7,200 people ended up casting a ballot for both the propositions, meaning only 10% of registered voters took part in the election.  For Proposition A, the School Bond, 38% voted in favor of the measure and 62% against it. view article arw

Wylie ISD bond passes by large margin

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Wylie Independent School District taxpayers approved a $45 million bond at 69 percent Tuesday, according to unofficial results released by the Taylor County Elections Office. The result Tuesday showed 1,735-765 victory for the school district proposal, which seeks to construct a new junior high school and expansion of an elementary school already being built, both on the east side of U.S. Highways 83/84. view article arw

Final, unofficial ballots recorded by Travis County show that 67 percent of voters approved of Leander ISD’s bond. Combined with Williamson County’s data, this brings the total count to 66 percent in favor of the bond with 6,574 voting for the measure and 3,395 voting against. All results are unofficial until canvassed. view article arw

Now that the bond and tax rate didn't pass, Ector County I.S.D. has to figure out how to deal will overcrowding again. "We're crowded but we're crowded at every level," said Tom Crowe, Superintendent with Ector County I.S.D. Tuesday night's elections were supposed to help fix that issue for Ector County I.S.D. Crowe added the district has different ideas on how to manage.   view article arw