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The cost for the $18 million new elementary school will be over-budget by one million dollars, an architectural firm told the Van Vleck Independent School Board’s trustees on Monday. And the costs could go up further. The drawing and rendering of the new Van Vleck Elementary School were released at the VVISD monthly board meeting on Monday, as Ron Bailey from architectural firm RBK announced that the new structure will be located on the intersection of Avene J and Sixth Street, across from where the current school stands. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD board has approved a contract with a consulting firm to exhume century-old remains found earlier this year at a site where a technical center is being built. The contract, which is not expected to exceed $743, 380, would be with Austin-based Goshawk Environmental Consulting. The school district has used the firm's services throughout the discovery of the remains. view article arw

Applause roared last night as school board members voted 5-2 to purchase a $434,349 scoreboard to stand over Bearkat Stadium. In a special meeting, board members selected the jumbotron video scoreboard over a $607,000 model. Board members Judy Gutierrez and Janie Cruz-Rivas voted against the purchase from Nevco, a leading manufacturer of video scoreboards listed on the state’s BuyBoard, a purchasing cooperative of state-approved vendors. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD trustees and district staff headed to a school board meeting were confronted by dozens of upset parents protesting outside the district administration building Monday, June 18. Trustees have been challenged to maintain their composure for weeks as scores of unhappy parents flocked to board meetings and town hall-style gatherings to watch and weigh in as administrators, consultants and members of a steering committee worked to gather input from the community and then prepare recommendations for a not-yet-approved school bond proposal expected to go before voters next November. view article arw

Members of the Gainesville Independent School District Board of Trustees agreed Monday to start renovating the district's bus barn. Board members unanimously agreed to pay Sanger-based EIKON Consulting Group $7,000 for consulting services. The fee does not include reimbursable expenses such as postage and all travel-related expenses which “shall be invoiced at cost plus 10 percent,” according to information passed out to board members. Trustee Nathan Dempsey was absent. view article arw

The Cleburne ISD board of trustees approved a 3 percent raise for all school district employees during Monday night’s meeting. view article arw

After more than a year of discussion throughout the community and the Tyler Independent School District board, a decision about amending the name of Robert E. Lee High School was tabled. The school board went into executive session at 6 p.m., followed by the public meeting which began at 7 p.m. Dozens of citizens on both sides of the issue spoke in a long session that included other agenda items in addition to the name change discussion.  view article arw

Renovations and updates at Marshall High School are moving along and still on track for completion before the start of the 2018-19 school year, which begins Aug. 27, Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said on Monday. “We are moving as fast as we can and everything is on schedule,” Gibson said of the more than $7 million in renovations and updates going on at the high school this summer. The total high school renovation project comes in at about $6.3 million and includes the science labs which will be up to Texas Education Agency (TEA) code, six sets (both boys’ and girls’) restroom renovations that will be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant and security upgrades, including a secure entry vestibule to the front entrance of the school building and updated girls’ locker rooms in compliance with Title IX requirements. view article arw

New Diana ISD trustees approved several campus improvement projects Monday night. The high school will get new rooftop heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. Crews also are set to renovate the auditorium roof, gym floor and its drainage. Superintendent Carl Key said the improvements are general maintenance items that will cost about $187,000. view article arw

After nearly a year of discussion and community action, the Tyler ISD board of trustees could take action to rename Robert E. Lee High School at Monday’s board meeting. The district will receive an updated cost analysis on any potential name changes to its high schools and later in the meeting consider changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School to “Lee High School.” view article arw

When Conroe Independent School District students return to their schools this August, some of their classrooms might look a little different. That’s because the Conroe ISD’s planning and construction teams have been working around the clock to ensure students educational needs are being met. This summer will be no different, said Easy Foster, administrative director of Planning and Construction for the district. CISD has roughly nine weeks to finish two brand-new schools, Katherine Clark Intermediate School and Grand Oaks High School, both scheduled to open on Aug. 15, alongside the district’s other 61 campuses. view article arw

Despite previous weather-related delays, White Oak ISD is "making good progress" on its construction bond projects. Voters approved a $19 million bond package this past May, which will fund new roofs on each campus and new primary, intermediate and middle school air handler systems. view article arw

Houston ISD trustees narrowly rejected the district’s proposed $2 billion budget, did not move forward with making Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan the district’s permanent leader and voted to end the employment of acclaimed Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons during an eventful meeting Thursday. In a surprising split, board members voted 5-4 to reject the budget proposal after several trustees expressed concern about using $19 million from HISD’s rainy-day fund to cover a shortfall. Trustees had voiced little public opposition to the budget until Thursday’s meeting. view article arw

Two trustees — Phillip Boutwell and Edgar Padilla — were sworn in to the Hutto ISD Board of Trustees at Thursday night’s regularly scheduled meeting. Padilla and Boutwell, a returning incumbent, won their places on the dais by taking the top two vote totals of the May 5 at-large election. view article arw

TYLER — Tyler ISD School Board President Fritz Hager announced Wednesday an agenda item will be added to discuss the possibility of changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School, according to News-Journal news partner KETK. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has a new building. Close to 200 employees, including police, food services and more, will move to the new facility off West Summit and Interstate 10. The building was bought from SA Youth for close to $3.5 million.  The district said it will save them quite a bit of money, allowing them to build a consolidated central office on the Fox Tech campus. view article arw

The Jacksonville ISD school board held a short meeting Monday night, according to administrative assistant Calah Moake.There were two action items on the agenda: Approval of the placard for the Tomato Bowl, and approval of the color for J seating in the stadium's reserved section.  view article arw

The Spring ISD board of trustees has approved its $397.3 million budget for 2018-19 with a focus on funding academic programs and employee retention. “There’s always some assumptions and some estimates that are required in order to start developing the budget,” chief financial officer Ann Westbrooks told the board. The tax rate and projected number of students were two of the major considerations the district considered view article arw

With the passage of Dripping Springs ISD’s $132 million bond, the school district is looking to get the ball rolling with improvement projects in the near future. The bond, which was initially approved May 5 by a slim 31-vote margin, survived a recent recount which upheld the initial result. Now, over a month later, projects are projected to begin as early as Fall 2018. A major theme of the bond is centered around improving school facilities to accommodate a school district that is projected to double in size within the next decade. Roughly $102 million of the bond will go towards these school improvements. view article arw

The Humble ISD school board on June 12 approved the issuance of up to $150 million of the $575 million bond that voters approved in May. “The school board is choosing to sell only a portion of authorized bonds, up to $150 million,” Humble ISD Director of Public Communications Jamie Mount said. “These bonds will cover the first construction projects. The school board strategically plans bond sales in order not to raise the tax rate.” view article arw

For the past year, Tyler residents have gone head-to-head about a potential name change for Robert E. Lee High School. Today the vice president of the Tyler ISD school board has requested an agenda item to consider changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School to Lee High School. “It’s not a name I want for my school,” REL senior Taniyah Jones said. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday approved a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and other employees. In addition, the board authorized starting work on the $426 million bond program for construction and renovation. These topics and a slew of construction projects outside the bond program were addressed in what KISD officials called the busiest board meeting of the year. view article arw

Stonewall Jackson Elementary School had a new sign installed this morning to reflect its new, Confederate-less name: Mockingbird Elementary. view article arw

With the weight of a not-yet-approved November school bond expected totaling upward of $1.2 billion hanging over their heads, Fort bend ISD trustees appeared tense when discussing new recommendations for potential bond projects at workshop Monday, June 11. view article arw

Though construction crews are “moving along,” the Henderson ISD football stadium still is faced with delays. The district is in Phase 2, which includes installing new home-side bleachers and a press box. Claycomb Associates architect Marc Rauzi said the schedule is behind because of earlier weather delays, but crews are making up ground as time permits. view article arw

Last November Amarillo voters passed a $100 million school bond that focuses on four main areas of construction and renovation across AISD: safety and security ($11.5 million) classroom additions ($25.3 million), facility updates ($35.3 million) and restoration and replacement ($27.9 million). Eighty percent of AISD schools are now more than 50 years old and the bond will allow the District to address some of the more critical maintenance issues that come with older facilities, as well as add an additional layer of safety and security measures at several schools.  view article arw

It's the end of the road, potentially, for the current iteration of the Abilene Independent School District's master facilities planning committee. With one final meeting set for Thursday, the seventh gathering of the group of 21 will be reviewing the results of a community survey and finalizing whatever priorities they are expected to present to the AISD school board at its July 9 meeting. view article arw

Based on current enrollment numbers and a demographic study that was completed in 2017, Crosby ISD knew it was going to need another school in the near future. “Given the fact that it takes two to three years to put a school on the ground, we knew we needed to get moving on that pretty quickly,” said Viviana Killion, the Director of Community Relations for Crosby ISD. The new site, which is planned to open to students in the fall of 2020 will consist of two buildings, an elementary school campus and a sixth grade campus. view article arw

The roadway is being expanded to four lanes between the northern entrance of the Walmart Supercenter and where the road bends west toward Hwy. 59.  view article arw

The Ector County ISD Bond Advisory Committee has scheduled another meeting to discuss a possible bond proposal. The meeting will take place at 5:30 pm. On June 12 in the New Tech Odessa cafeteria. view article arw

As part of the $330 million bond that voters approved in 2016, one of the construction projects Spring ISD is undertaking is remodeling a building that will serve as the new police department headquarters. The new headquarters will be located 420 Lockhaven Drive in north Houston, which the district purchased for $2.9 million. view article arw

Representatives from Jackson Construction and Huckabee Architects will update White Oak ISD trustees Monday on progress of bond projects. The $19 million bond package, approved by voters in 2017, includes funding for a new high school science wing, athletic field house, roofs on each campus, and primary, intermediate and middle school air handler systems. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD board on Monday night will consider approving a contract with a consulting firm to exhume century-old remains found earlier this year at a site where a technical center is being built. The contract that is not expected to exceed $743, 380 would be with Goshawk Environmental Consulting Firm, which has provided services to the school district throughout the discovery of the remains. view article arw

With the Valley’s record high summer heat making its annual appearance, a new water park is providing a venue where families can cool down. The La Joya Independent School District has recently opened the water park, natatorium, tennis courts and basketball courts in the Sports and Learning Complex to the public for the summer. The facilities, located at 1801 Western Rd. in Mission, will remain open until the weekend before Labor Day. view article arw

The Jacksonville ISD School Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., June 11, to undergo some team building exercises.  view article arw