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Beaumont ISD's board voted Thursday night to strip former superintendent Carrol "Butch" Thomas' name from the stadium, after a heated meeting packed with opponents of the change who said the three-year-long battle over the name had become a war. The Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas Educational Support Center will be renamed "Beaumont ISD Memorial Stadium." The board voted 6-0 with one abstention in favor of the change, which will include adding bronze plaques to recognize all of the city's current and former high schools and school districts at the stadium. view article arw

El Paso ISD is planning for a $238 million project to combine some Borderland schools into one building and construction for the campuses is expected to start this year. EPISD has plans to combine eight schools. Some are middle and elementary schools combining into one building that’ll host kindergarten to eighth grade. Others are two or three elementary schools combining into one. Photos of how the schools are expected to look upon completion are in the gallery attached to this story. view article arw

A majority of members of the Ector County Bond Advisory Committee voted to recommend to the ECISD Board of Trustees to move ahead with a tax ratification election. The board voted Aug. 14 to approve a 2018-19 tax rate of $1.2759 per $100 property valuation. A school district’s tax rate is broken down into maintenance and operations, which provides funding for day-to-day operations, and interest and sinking, which provides funding for debt payments. view article arw

With Georgetown ISD anticipated to grow by 2,300 students over the next five years, the board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to put a $166 million bond package on the Nov. 6 ballot. Two new elementary schools, along with the expansion of Ford Elementary, are key to the first proposition, which totals $150.5 million, and includes acquiring land for future buildings and more school buses. view article arw

Now that work has begun on New Diana ISD’s bond project, trustees will celebrate with a groundbreaking ceremony this month. Last November, voters approved a $5.5 million bond to expand Robert F. Hunt Elementary School. The project includes a fourth- and fifth-grade wing, larger cafeteria and activity space. The expansion should be complete by the start of the 2019-20 school year, Superintendent Carl Key said. view article arw

Pflugerville ISD voters will officially see a $332 million bond proposal on the ballot this November. PfISD trustees voted unanimously to approve sending the bond to a vote at a board of trustees meeting Thursday. They also approved a tax ratification election for a reduced tax rate of $1.52, down $0.02 from the 2017-18 rate of $1.54 per $100 valuation. view article arw

When explaining the need for the $77.9 million bond that will be proposed to the Nacogdoches ISD School on Thursday, the school district's interim superintendent said that the Carpenter Elementary campus is beyond repair. "I'll be honest. I don't like bond elections," said Nacogdoches ISD Interim Superintendent Alton Frailey the day before he presents a $77.9 million bond proposal to the school board. view article arw

Beaumont ISD's board will vote this week to change the name of its athletic complex, ending a three-year battle over stripping the name of its controversial former superintendent from the facility whose construction he was accused of mismanaging. The board will vote Thursday on whether the Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas Educational Support Center should be renamed the "Beaumont Independent School District Memorial Stadium," according to a meeting agenda released Monday. view article arw

Lindale Independent School District’s Board of Trustees has called for a school bond to go before voters this November. Trustees voted unanimously last night on a $32.4 million package, which they say would meet the growing district's needs. The proposition calls for security enhancement across the district, expansion at Lindale high school, including 23 additional classrooms, among other things. view article arw

After two previous failed attempts, the Nacogdoches ISD board will again consider taking a building bond issue to voters. Interim Superintendent Alton Frailey will present the consideration and approval of order calling for a school building bond election at Thursday’s school board meeting.  view article arw

Austin ISD students will return to school on Monday, but students and parents can expect some changes this school year. For one, six more police officers will be on the district police force. “Additional officers will help us do a lot more things. We will be assigning one of those as a mental health officer,” said Chief Ashley Gonzalez back on Aug. 7. view article arw

As we prepare to go back to school, we are getting an update from several districts in our area. College Station Superintendent Dr. Clark Ealy stopped by Brazos Valley This Morning to talk about school safety and the brand new Wellborn Middle School. view article arw

The Abilene Independent School District (ISD) voted Tuesday evening to add a bond of over $138 million to the November election ballot.  view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday to call a November 6 election on a bond that would be worth almost $1 billion and would address needs such as construction, safety and security, and renovations, as well as projects related to transportation and technology. view article arw

The back to school blitz continues across North Texas as thousands of students return to the classroom and some students at a school in Keller will be greeted with everything from a yellow brick road to a Disney castle. This year, students at Eagle Ridge Elementary School at the Keller Independent School District will be greeted with several monumental surprises as their entire school has been transformed into colorful works of art and wonder. view article arw

Members of the National United Black Front criticized and sent Fort Bend ISD administrators a list of demands regarding the school district’s handling of unmarked graves discovered on a construction site. “The whole thing itself concerns me,” said Alice Holmes, one of 45 people involved in a town hall held at Houston’s S.H.A.P.E. Community Center Monday night. view article arw

At the Aug. 13 Lewisville ISD regular meeting, trustees approved the charter and members for the Community Budget Advisory Committee and the School Safety Task Force. Lewisville officials said the need for a school safety task force was prompted from the growing concern and heightened awareness of issues related to the safety of children and staff at schools. The task force’s primary function will be to inform the administration and make recommendations related to safety and security. view article arw

The Round Rock school board heard calls for renovations and additional infrastructure at several district campuses during public hearings last week concerning a November bond election. The district held two forums last week to collect feedback on three recommendations for a bond package created earlier this month by the district-formed Citizens Bond Committee. The school board has until Monday to choose a bond package and call for a Nov. 6 bond election. view article arw

Frisco ISD discussed a $700 million plan to build and improve schools and put it on the ballot. It comes after a failed vote to raise taxes two years ago. This time, they hope a proposed tax swap will solve the problem. Staff and a rep for the committee that helped come up with this bond package presented trustees on Monday night with two proposals that could end up on the ballot. view article arw

We are tracking several news items this week in Pearland and Friendswood. view article arw

Voters in Randall County will now have one more item on the ballot this November with the Canyon Independent School District Board of Trustees approving a bond proposal for nearly $200 million to serve the school district over the next 10 years. The district and a planning committee cite growth in the area as the main reasoning behind the proposed bond for Canyon ISD that would include renovating and expanding current schools and building new ones in an effort to keep up with the growing number of students moving into the district. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees have voted to put a massive bond on the November ballot. The district wants two separate referendums totaling $1.7 billion. This is the largest bond referendum in Fort Bend ISD’s history. On Monday, the board unanimously voted to call a November 6 bond election to address capital needs related to new construction, safety and security, renovations to address maintenance and adequacy throughout the District, and transportation and technology. view article arw

On Monday, the Frisco ISD board of trustees asked district staff to reduce the current bond proposal by $4 million before it formally vote to call a bond election Aug. 20. To reduce the $695 million proposed bond, the board plans to add turf to baseball and softball fields at three high schools instead of five as suggested in the original bond proposal. This would bring the proposed bond to $691 million. view article arw

Lindale ISD will ask voters to approve a $32.4 million bond package this November that would cover the cost of expanding the high school, districtwide security enhancements and renovations at Eagle Stadium. The Lindale ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to call a Nov. 6 bond election to meet the growing district's needs. Superintendent Stan Surratt said the district is looking to keep up with growth, while remaining fiscally responsible. In all, it is a $36.4 million project, but the district will use $4 million out of its Maintenance and Operations budget. view article arw

Georgetown ISD’s Citizens Advisory Committee recommended a $166 million 2018 bond to the district’s board of trustees Monday. If approved, the largest portion of the money would go toward building two new elementary schools as well as expanding Ford Elementary School, located at 210 Woodlake Drive, at a cost of $74 million. Other recommendations include improvements and upgrades to safety and security, technology and infrastructure of current facilities. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD trustees have called for a vote on what could be the biggest bond in district history. The board approved a $992 million bond referendum to go on the Nov. 6 ballot. The referendum will include rebuilding, adding to several campuses and upgrading security. view article arw

DeSoto Independent School District's Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy is slated to open its doors August 15 to nearly 900 students between Kindergarten and fifth grade. The 109,500-square-foot, two-story building, designed by the Dallas office of Perkins+Will, will allow students to learn in a future-oriented atmosphere focused on robotics, computer science and coding, digital art and music. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District officials will continue discussing a $136.7 million construction project recommendation during a special meeting Tuesday. School board trustees will gather at 5 p.m. Tuesday at One AISD Center, 241 Pine St., with a decision whether to call a Nov. 6 bond election possible but not required. view article arw

The White Oak ISD board of trustees will consider approving a budget amendment and hear a construction update Monday night from Superintendent Mike Gilbert. Trustees also will mull a purchase more than $35,000, policy updates recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards and personnel matters. view article arw

In little more than a year, Bryan students will have a new opportunity to learn career and technical education as the district moves forward with its CTE Center. The facility, which once housed BMI Defense Systems, will open for the 2019-2020 school year with opportunities to expand in the future. After finalizing the purchase in June, district officials and the CTE advisory committee selected the center's first programs: Welding, automotive, construction science, industrial engineering and robotics. view article arw

Plans to change the face of career and technical education in Bryan ISD are underway. In April, the board of trustees approved the 5 million dollar purchase of a 119-acre facility to house CTE classes. The new facility will help expand enrollment in classes for juniors and seniors. view article arw

Frisco ISD will open four new schools in August: two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. view article arw

Members of the Geronimo and Navarro ISD communities were “oohing” and “awing” as they walked through the hallways, admired the freshly-painted murals and peeked inside the decorated classrooms at the new Navarro Intermediate School. The district invited all of the Panther family for a first look at the newest addition to the Navarro ISD complex for a dedication ceremony on Friday. view article arw

When Arlington ISD students head back to school in a little over a week, many will see construction that is still underway. Arlington ISD has about 35 campuses with a lot of construction still underway. And while it may look like things are behind schedule, the district says for the most part all is going according to plan. Arlington High School Principal Dr. Shahveer Dhalla says they planned ahead for the construction and have fall concerts set for other locations. view article arw

Every year, Clear Creek ISD has been turning down more than 200 science-mad students. The science magnet lab at Seabrook Intermediate School, built in the 1990s, only had room for 115 sixth-graders out of all the kids in the district wanting to participate. When voters approved Clear Creek ISD's $487 million bond in 2017, part of that package included $10.3 million to create a second science magnet site at Brookside Intermediate School in Friendswood. view article arw