Government Capital Corporation, a leading provider of financing for Texas school districts, announced today the funding of a $2.8 million energy conservation project financing for Wills Point Independent School District. The structure utilized energy savings as the primary source of repayment and did not require a bond election. view article arw

In just one week Superintendents and School Boards will hold their collective breath in anticipation of the results of their bond elections. Will it be the result they dreaded? Or will the measure fail? That’s just a joke. Yes, of course, Superintendents and School Boards prefer the win to the loss, but if there were any game where the prize was the chance to make a 70 million dollar high school fit in a fifty million dollar budget and double your workload it would probably be named “What did I do?”

The Sheldon ISD school board recently approved these plans for the new high school and site development fronting Beltway 8 near Garrett Road. The project is part of the $285 million bond issue passed by voters in May 2016, according to Superintendent King Davis. General Contractor Durotech has begun work on the site, clearing and grading in the initial phase. view article arw

A 10-year-old student got the attention of trustees with the Austin Independent School District this week. Ava Georg, a fourth grader at Menchaca Elementary School in South Austin, stepped up to the microphone to speak during the public comments portion of the Austin Independent School Board meeting Monday night to share concerns about her campus and advocate for a new building.  “A couple weeks ago during the STAAR test water came into my classroom from the bathroom and interrupted the test,” Georg told trustees. “And this is just one of the many times this has happened. I would also like to notify you my brother is in kindergarten and has no windows or doors in his classroom.” view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District is considering the purchase of a new scoreboard at Leo Buckley Stadium, expected to cost just over $1 million. The scoreboard would replace the current scoreboard being used at the stadium, used by all four high schools in the district. The current scoreboard is 10 years old, and could be replaced by a new Daktronics scoreboard prior to the upcoming football season that starts in late August. The Killeen school board heard a presentation on the issue at its Tuesday meeting, but has not voted on it yet. view article arw

Weeks after Sherman voters struck down a $308 million bond package for the district, Sherman Independent School District officials are finalizing plans to add four new classrooms in portable buildings at Sherman High School. The city’s Planning & Zoning Commission recently approved a site plan for the addition of the two portable classroom buildings — each with two classrooms — at the high school, which is located at 2201 E. Lamar St. The additional classroom space will be added on the north side of the existing school building near the rear parking lot. view article arw

Round Rock ISD’s board of trustees will host workshops on yet-to-be-determined dates to decide how to move forward after voters rejected the district’s $572.09 million bond package May 6.   The district will also seek public input and consider re-evaluating its strategic plan as well as the possibility of another bond election in November or the spring or fall of 2018, RRISD  view article arw

A highly anticipated Allen ISD bond project has been approved to begin construction. The Allen ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a total probable cost of $39.9 million for the new STEAM Center and Field Experience Site. The guaranteed maximum price was locked in at about $35 million. The total costs include architectural and civil fees, furniture, fixtures and equipment, technology equipment and city fees, among others. view article arw

Voters in Fort Worth may be asked to approve a multi-million dollar bond package to solve the severe overcrowding at Tanglewood Elementary. The school was built for just 590 students in 1960 which in three years will have 1,000.  At a town hall meeting Wednesday night, Superintendent Kent Scribner outlined three options – Building a new school, construct another school and split classes between the two, or expand the current school building. view article arw

White Oak school trustees took their first step this week toward putting a $19 million, voter-approved facilities bond package to work, agreeing to open negotiations with Huckabee Architects. Superintendent Mike Gilbert said if negotiations pan out with the company, the next step is to discuss a contract. "And if that doesn't work out, we reopen negotiations," Gilbert said. view article arw

To our faculty and staff who hosted and attended community engagement events on each of our campuses, we say WOW!! view article arw

At Monday’s Austin ISD board of trustees meeting, members of the committee responsible for the recent Facility Master Plan update appeared before the board to give another update on their progress in planning for a potential 2017 bond election. If called by the trustees on June 19, the election will take place this November. Facility improvement projects included in the potential bond package seek to address the most critical facility needs in the district. The advisory committee continues to operate by its motto of “the worst first” in prioritizing improvement projects, committee member Roxanne Evans said this evening. view article arw

Members of Ector County ISD’s community bond advisory committee met for the first time on Tuesday. “This is a process. It’s not a, here it is you’ve got to do this,” said Tom Crowe, Superintendent for Ector County ISD. The committee made up of educators, district attorneys, and ECISD staff members are trying to lay the groundwork for a potential bond for the district. A bond that the district believes could help with growth. view article arw

A dedication ceremony of the new Pflugerville Independent School District stadium Tuesday afternoon had to be canceled due to heavy storms moving through. view article arw

At the state's most expensive high school football venue, finishing touches are being applied. Construction workers are installing air conditioning units, laying coats of paint and hauling in furniture. The Katy school district's "Legacy Stadium," which has cost about $72.1 million to construct, is scheduled to open this fall in the west Houston suburb. Its completion will signal the end of a constroversial period for the school district as debate over the stadium grew tumultuous since a bond referendum was approved years ago. view article arw

In their first regular meeting since the May 6 defeat of a three-part, $572 million bond package, Round Rock school officials said they are going to be more attentive to community concerns. Bond opponents who voiced many of the same complaints that doomed the proposal said they had better. Superintendent Steve Flores and Board President Diane Cox each thanked the 17,710 people who voted on the district’s most-expensive bond proposal ever. view article arw

Spring Hill ISD is targeting infrastructure needs now that it no longer is using refinanced bond money for a nearly half-million dollar digital scoreboard, Superintendent Steven Snell said. He said the scoreboard wasn't part of football stadium upgrades the past two years because it "just wasn't part of the scope of the project." Snell said the district wants to replace flooring at some campuses, replace aging air conditioning systems, buy playground equipment at the primary and intermediate campuses and add lighting to buildings. view article arw

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The ripple effect of the construction industry’s shrinking labor pool is beginning to reach businesses in the Greater Houston area. “Over the last five years, it’s created a large issue for us just with regard to the amount of work that was starting to go on in Houston with the oil and gas [industry] booming and then the influx of people moving to Houston and the growth of the Houston market,” said Todd Granato, president of Webber LLC’s commercial division and former president of PepperLawson Construction, which has constructed projects in the greater Katy area, including Katy ISD’s newest schools. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD board of trustees reviewed a bond advisory presentation Tuesday that recommended the district hold a $251.7 million bond election in November. The call to start the bond election process may be made at next month’s June 20 meeting. Committee Chairman Jeremy Self said the bond is needed to: view article arw

A community Rattle Session was held Tuesday night as the Navasota ISD Board of Trustees continues to evaluate the district’s needs for a possible bond election. “This is our fourth one and we choose different topics that we believe are important,” said Board Vice-President Jennifer Ramirez. “We have been tossing around the idea to put up for a bond in the fall — to that end, we have recently hired an architect firm and they are here to answer questions and we have Christian Merritt with Live Oak who is our new financial advisor.” Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick explained that the district was still in the early stages of a possible bond election and that more meetings and community involvement would be necessary throughout the coming months. view article arw

Less than two weeks after White Oak ISD voters approved a $19 million bond package, school officials have started working to launch the projects. The district will begin selling bonds over the summer, with construction starting later this year, Superintendent Mike Gilbert said Tuesday. "This is tentative," Gilbert said. "All kinds of things may push it or (move) it sooner. This is what we're starting with." view article arw

The advisory committee behind Austin ISD’s updated Facility Master Plan is in the process of developing the bond proposal it plans to bring before the district’s board of trustees in June. Projects within the proposal will reflect the highest priority facility improvements to be tackled within the first six years of the Facility Master Plan’s implementation. At a May 9 board meeting, the committee reported that they were seeking to remove some of the comprehensive projects from the first phase of implementation in order to reduce the cost of the bond package from $3.9 billion to $900 million.  view article arw

The Spring Hill Athletic Booster Club will pay for a new digital scoreboard at Panther Stadium largely through a loan, Spring Hill ISD and club officials announced Monday. Spring Hill trustees voted 5-1 with one abstention to approve the agreement, under which the booster club will pay for the nearly half-million dollar scoreboard with about $474,000 in loans from unidentified community partners and $1,800 through its own donations. "I'm excited," Treasurer Karl Kuenemann said after the vote. "I think this is a great opportunity for the school. It's a great opportunity for the booster club to raise some money in the future and move forward with providing for our student athletes and for the district with technology upgrades in the future." view article arw

 This November voters might see a multi-million dollar bond on the ballot for the Austin Independent School District. Before anything is finalized the district will ask the public where they want to see their tax money spent. Over the last year, the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee created a 20-year master plan for the district. All of the projects would cost about $3.9 billion. Now it’s up to the public and ultimately the school board to decide which projects should be funded through a November bond election. view article arw

Tyler ISD has selected a construction manager at risk for its $198 million high school renovation project. The district voted to approve entering a contract with WRL General Contractors at the district’s May board of trustees meeting Monday. The administration recommended WRL after a two-step process, which included a submission of qualifications and an oral interview. Once associated costs and a guaranteed maximum price are developed, the board will return to approve the contract amendment. Director of Facilities Tim Loper said the most important factor in their decision was whether a contractor lived in or near the district. Other factors were experience working with public schools, staffing plan and history of meeting budgets. The selection committee decided to go with WRL for both high schools due to WRL’s experience, quality of staff and their relationship with Tyler ISD, Loper said. view article arw

[ w ]hether all new school district building construction begun after November 1, 2016 require[s] adherence to the latest published edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, which applies to commercial buildings, as provided under Texas Health & Safety Code § 388.003(b) and as promulgated by Texas Administrative Rule under Title 34, Chapter 19, rule§ 19.53(b)[.] view article arw

Port Aransas ISD voters on Saturday approved a $6 million bond, with the support of 85% of those who cast ballots. District officials said funds would be used for major district maintenance, campus improvements, safety and security, transportation, athletics, technology, fine arts, staff recruitment and transitional housing for new teachers. The tax rate will not increase as result of the bond's approval. view article arw

The Northwest School Board Monday approved entering a resolution to purchase more than 150 acres of land in Tarrant County for a future school site. According to a district release, there is no timeline for construction, but the area is labeled “the fastest-growing area of Northwest ISD” and the future campuses are expected to provide relief for other campuses. view article arw

Jefferson ISD trustees on Tuesday selected a contractor for its elementary campus renovations and discussed a possible addition/extension to the high school's Ag shop, according to Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell. RW Builders in Jefferson was hired as the contractors for the Jefferson Elementary School cafeteria renovation set to begin about a week after school lets out, Barnwell said Wednesday. view article arw

In Texas, public schools have two pots of money they can pull from: the maintenance and operations fund and the debt services fund.  The maintenance and operations fund acts as the district's general operating budget and pays for things like teacher salaries and utility bills. It is funded by the maintenance and operations tax rate, which currently sits at $1.04 per $100 valuation for Denton ISD. The debt service fund is used to pay off bonds issued for the construction of new buildings. It is funded by the interest and sinking tax rate, which sits at the state cap of 50 cents per $100 valuation for Denton ISD. view article arw

The White Oak ISD Board of Trustees will certify the results of a $19 million bond package approved by voters and discuss the project's timeline at its Monday meeting. view article arw

An agreement between Spring Hill ISD and the Spring Hill Athletic Boosters concerning the donation of a scoreboard is up for consideration at the district's Monday night board meeting. Trustees previously approved the $490,526 scoreboard at their April board meeting. However, the district soon after announced the scoreboard would be paid for with private donations. view article arw

For the first time in almost 30 years, Valley Mills ISD will undergo a major districtwide renovation and expansion project now that voters passed an $8.4 million bond. The bond, which passed 272-148 on May 6, was the district’s first successful one since 2007, when it passed an $8.1 million bond. view article arw

Construction of Longview ISD's new Montessori campus is nearing the finish line, so district officials are working to ensure the school will be fully staffed when it opens next fall. That includes transferring existing prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers from within the district and hiring other additional staff, such as P.E. teachers, nurses, custodians and cafeteria workers. The district has named a principal, Jacqueline Burnett, and trustees hired Latosha Johnson as the school's assistant principal Monday. view article arw

A new high school, two new elementary campuses and improvements across Hays CISD were given the green light by voters Saturday as a pair of bond propositions totaling $250 million were approved by a wide margin. Support was high for both Proposition 1 and 2, which held sizable approval percentages after the release of early voting numbers, and continued to hold that trend as Election Day results came in. Over 1,200 of the 2,102 total votes cast in the Proposition 1 election approved the measure, which called for $189 million to be spread across three new campuses in the district. Included was a $122 million third high school campus that will be located along FM 967 near Carpenter Hill Elementary. District officials estimate the campus could open by the 2019 school year. view article arw