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An unscheduled visit from Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null turned the discussion at The Woodlands Township board of directors meeting Oct. 17 into a brief question-and-answer session after the board could not win a majority vote to endorse the district’s Nov. 5 bond referendum. Director Ann Snyder called Null on her cell phone to ask him if he could come to the board’s in-progress meeting to answer questions about the measure. The board had not seen a presentation for the November bond, and several members said they needed more information. Board members individually expressed support for the bond on a personal basis. view article arw

The community of Park Lakes in Humble is part of a 1,500-acre, master-planned community. Park Lakes is within Humble ISD boundaries, and one school—Park Lakes Elementary—is located in the community. The community also features the 43-acre Park Lakes Landing commercial development. view article arw

Labor shortages and other industry challenges are driving up the cost of Emerson High.  Updated: Oct. 16 to include additional information from the school district.  Work on the Frisco school district’s newest high school is underway as labor shortages and the rising costs of materials drive up the price tag.  Construction on the newly named Emerson High School began this summer. But challenges in the building industry meant a nearly $13 million increase for the project, pushing the total to about $111.6 million, officials said. view article arw

Early voting begins Oct. 21 for the Nov. 5 election, and this year, voting in Harris County will be easier because ballots can be cast at any polling place. Registered voters will have more than 700 polling sites to choose from on Election Day. That includes the 52 early voting sites, up from 46 in 2018. view article arw

The Texas Association for Bilingual Education is working to teach parents how to advocate for their children, and the best dual language programs. The Richard Milburn Academy in Corpus Christi aims to move into a new campus in 2020. view article arw

Construction on the first two school projects in Pflugerville ISD’s 2018 bond package now has a defined date. According to a presentation shown to the PfISD Board of Trustees on Oct. 17, district officials have planned a construction start date of Dec. 2 for the joint elementary school and middle school campus. The combined campus site is located near the corner of Pleasanton Parkway and Weiss Lane in eastern Pflugerville. David Vesling, executive director of Facilities & Support Services for PfISD, presented the district’s estimated bid schedule for the new school construction projects to trustees. view article arw

Lufkin school trustees approved a guaranteed maximum price of $208.14 for construction of a multipurpose facility at the high school. Construction manager Stephen Berry with Berry & Clay Construction recommended the price to the board. view article arw

Beach volleyball of sorts is coming to the city. The Parks and Recreation Department board heard updates from city staff yesterday about two new volleyball pits now under construction just south of the Lon C. Hill pool area. The courts will be free to the public, and first-come, first-served will be the rule of play for those looking for a place to spike or dig. view article arw

The proposed bond issue in the Lumberton ISD is not like others in the area in recent years. It’s not so much about upgrading existing infrastructure. It’s more about new construction for one reason: Lumberton is the fastest-growing city in Southeast Texas. view article arw

Have you heard about the "royal flush" from Fort Worth's newest crown jewel? The big grand opening of Dickies Arena is just 10 days away. As the site prepared by testing out its facilities Wednesday, local businesses are getting ready for a possible economic boost. The first concert is in about three weeks. The first rodeo is in January and many of the surrounding businesses can't wait. As the clock winds down, the team at Dickies Arena is making sure when spectators are ready to go, the toilets are too. view article arw

Kingwood High School is one step closer to getting some flood relief as the Humble ISD board of trustees Oct. 15 approved PBK Architects as the architectural firm for a major flood mitigation project. The project would create protective floodgates at Kingwood High School that would float up to cover entrances and windows during heavy rainfall events, according to a district news release published to the Kingwood High School website. During all other times, the gates would be underground and not visible. The campus, located off Kingwood Drive near West Lake Houston Parkway, received some water inside athletic areas of the campus during Tropical Depression Imelda on Sept. 19, officials said after the storm. view article arw

On Election Day, Brock voters have the opportunity to decide on the Brock ISD bond election. The $21.36 million bond proposal would pay for improvements district-wide, for the high school, junior high school and a contingency allowance of $1 million to cover unforeseen costs related to the projects, all without a tax rate increase. The district-wide plan includes security enhancements at all campuses, five new school buses and technology upgrades to increase infrastructure and access points. This part would cost $700,000 and be completed by fall 2020, though the buses would be purchased over the course of five years.  view article arw

The anticipated Elementary School No. 7 is scheduled to receive an official name during Lake Travis ISD’s Nov. 20 regular board meeting, according to district information. LTISD administration has requested the help of the community in picking a name and mascot for the school located on Bee Creek Road. Rough Hollow Elementary and Bee Creek Elementary are among the considered school names. Mascot suggestions included the Rough Hollow Rough Riders and Bee Creek Rangers. view article arw

I have seen a lot of change through the years especially in the growth of Hallsville ISD. We have grown over 900 students in the last ten years. We have approximately 300 transfers across grade levels. view article arw

Voters in the Denison Independent School District will soon be deciding on a $20,850,000 bond next month. The amount will be used to expand and make improvements to two of the district’s elementary campuses.  About $10,600,000 of the funds will go towards renovating Mayes Elementary School with proposed improvements including a new loading area for deliveries and a new cafeteria with kitchen and restroom addition. It includes additional parking and drop-off space. It will feature 10 classrooms including an addition to the media space and a new bus loop with parking spaces. view article arw

Lumberton ISD is putting a $78.8 million bond issue on the ballot in November to upgrade security and accommodate new growth in the district. The first votes will be cast as soon as next week. Early voting for the bond proposal will run from Oct. 21 through Nov. 1 at the Hardin County Courthouse Dome. view article arw

Graford ISD is proposing a $49.6 million bond during the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election to construct a new campus. GISD Superintendent Dennis Holt said the oldest portion of the school, the current cafeteria, was built in 1939 as a gymnasium. He said the campus has been slowly built around the cafeteria with portions from the 1950s, 1970s, 2000 and 2013. “It finally came down to the consensus of the board that they just didn’t really want to be adding on,” Holt said. “Because then it is almost like we are circling the wagons around the oldest building. We are just adding on and adding on, but we still have the issues of the electrical and the plumbing in the older parts of the building.” view article arw

Folks in the Bellevue ISD will soon be making a decision that will impact the future of the district. After 15 Bellevue ISD community members, parents, and teachers examined the facilities and studied facility data, they developed a plan that was unanimously approved by the board in August. “We found places that were in need of repair,” committee member Margo Grunseich said. “The biggest thing that I noticed was the science lab. To me, it’s not adequate to prepare the kids either for higher education, in the job market in technology.” view article arw

Voters in Gatesville will soon consider a bond election for the city’s high school. The $9.9 million dollar proposal would provide major upgrades to the aging facility. “I think it’s just important that our kids are safe. That’s my number one concern,” said Julie Hudson of Gatesville. Administrators said security is their top priority. view article arw

Honoring a national war hero or keeping an El Campo elementary’s traditional name of Northside will be the two options school board trustees will be asked to consider between now and the November meeting. That was the determination of the 11-member school naming committee after its lone 45-minute meeting two weeks ago. view article arw

Spring ISD announced that its new Planet Ford Stadium will host its first football game on Oct. 31, followed by a grand-opening celebration planned for Nov. 12 that will feature fireworks, former NFL players and performances by all three high school bands, cheer and dance teams. The first game to be played at the stadium will feature Spring High School in a match up against Aldine ISD’s Eisenhower High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.  Both Westfield and Dekaney high schools will also have an opportunity to play in the stadium during the regular season on Nov.  1 and Nov. 8, respectively. view article arw

Iraan-Sheffield ISD groundbreaking

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Iraan-Sheffield ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the start of making improvements to Brave Stadium. view article arw

After a series of construction delays earlier this year, Mill Street Elementary opened Oct. 15. Lewisville ISD officials, community leaders, school board members and students rolled out a red carpet to welcome students to their first day of school at the new school. The Lewisville High School drill team and band also helped welcome the students, playing music and cheering students on as they walked through the school doors for the first time. LISD officials announced in August that Mill Street Elementary, which was set to open Aug. 13 for the first day of school, would not be ready for students until fall. view article arw

Holliday ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon in celebration of new classrooms that will be added to Holliday Elementary School. In the last 5 years the elementary school gained around 100 students. In the three years she has been principal, Tara Kirkland has seen firsthand the challenges it has brought. “In one space a couple of different teachers are sharing a classroom for a couple of different reasons so that has not been ideal,” she said. view article arw

Spring ISD will host its first football game in its new Planet Ford Stadium on Oct. 31, followed by a grand opening celebration Nov. 12, the district announced in a press release Oct. 15. The stadium, which is a replacement stadium for the district’s 51-year-old existing stadium, is part of SISD’s $330 million bond approved by voters in November 2016. The stadium was originally anticipated to open by late August for the start of the 2019 football season; however, district officials announced in August that the project had been delayed due to inclement weather. view article arw

Bellevue ISD bond proposal

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The Bellevue ISD has a 4.5 five-million-dollar bond ready for voters in November. The money would allow the district to make renovations and build additions to their campus. Bellevue High School was built in 1922, and besides some minor renovation, the last addition was a couple of mobile classrooms, added in 1974. Superintendent Michael Qualls says 4.5 million dollars may sound like a lot, but safety is a priority. “It really comes down to what does your bond address? What does the project address for us? To have a safety corridor to protect the student in bad weather. An area for a more secure check-in for visitors that come visit our campus throughout the day. Renovations to the locker room, renovating the science lab. And when you start adding those different things that you want to do. Those things cost money,” said Superintendent Micheal Qualls. view article arw

The Salado Independent School District continues to transition into the village of Salado’s up and running wastewater collection system. The transition comes after the district decided to voluntarily annex their properties into the village’s city limits back in February. However, officials had discussed the possibility of joining the village for more than eight years. view article arw

It was a big day for folks in Holliday ISD. Faculty along with students broke ground today for their $2 million expansion project which includes adding 5 additional classrooms to the elementary school along with two more bathrooms, another part of the expansion will include a new bus barn and maintenance offices. School leaders said growth in the schools prompted this expansion. view article arw

A Keller school district proposal to use $315 million in bond debt to replace some school buildings, build extracurricular facilities and make other repairs and upgrades seem to have drawn more than the typical grumbling. We get it. Voters should be naturally cautious about new debt and spending. They should make sure their school trustees are frugal and set the right priorities. But in this case, Keller leaders appear to have done just that. view article arw

The Killeen school district superintendent made a surprise announcement about plans to seek another taxpayer-funded school bond while the district is still spending $426 million from the 2018 voter-approved bonds. Superintendent John Craft said late Tuesday night the new spending plans are for high school stadiums and three new elementary schools. Craft said the goal was to eliminate portable classrooms from all campuses within the Killeen Independent School District. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD trustees are set to consider and possibly approve issuing unlimited tax refunding bonds when they meet at 5 p.m. Monday. If the item is approved, trustees also may appoint a pricing officer and delegate that officer authority to approve the sale of bonds. view article arw

With an aging campus and issues that come with that, Graford ISD officials are hopeful district voters will green light construction of a new $49.6 million school. view article arw

BISD trustees appointed the Eagle Growth Committee more than a year ago to develop a facilities improvement plan. It included 15 community members, parents and teachers who examined the facilities inventory, studied data and then developed a plan which was unanimously approved by the board in August. view article arw

On Tuesday, Killeen Independent School District board members elected to move forward with the formation of a Bond Steering Committee. The district hopes to add three elementary schools to accommodate a growing population of students, eliminate portable classrooms and expand the stadiums at three high schools. view article arw

The Northwest ISD community gathered Oct. 9 to break ground on the school district’s first aquatics center. The facility was one of the projects included in NISD’s 2017 bond program. Its construction will allow the district to grow its swimming and diving program and offer community uses. The center will be located at the intersection of Texan Drive and Ag Barn Drive Loop, across from NISD’s administration center in Fort Worth, according to previous reporting by Community Impact Newspaper. Back in June, the school board approved a bid of about $36.55 million for its construction. view article arw