LUBBOCK, Texas — Brownfield ISD is scheduled to break ground on a new high school Thursday afternoon. The new $34 million high school is part of a $40 million bond package approved by voters in 2019.  The current high school will be used as a middle school after renovations. The current middle school will be scheduled for demolition; however, the auditorium and the gym in the current middle school will be preserved for use by the community.  “We’re really excited,” said Superintendent Chris Smith. “For some people a groundbreaking is the beginning of a building process. But for us, it’s the process we’ve been undertaking since, I guess, 16 to 18 months.” view article arw

THE WOODLANDS, TX – Conroe ISD has begun the process of reviewing attendance boundaries in The Woodlands and College Park High Schools’ feeder zones in order to relieve crowding at Ride Elementary. Conroe ISD’s Attendance Boundary Committee (ABC) is responsible for creating and proposing possible zoning scenarios to the community for feedback. ABC is comprised of central administration, campus principals from the schools most likely to be impacted by any changes, and parent representatives selected by those campus principals. These scenarios are then refined based on that feedback and recommended as a zoning plan to the Board of Trustees. At this stage of the process, the committee has created 3 possible zoning scenarios, Scenarios A, B, and C, based on several factors. view article arw

Carthage ISD voters will decide two bond propositions totaling $12 million during the May 2 elections. Trustees officially called a bond election Tuesday night. Both propositions, which would fund maintenance work and technology purchases, would not raise the district's current tax rate, Business Manger Kathy Worley said.  "The main thing that we want to stress is that it will not increase our tax rate," Worley told trustees Tuesday. "We're not asking you to increase our tax rate, and in fact our tax rate went down by seven cents this past year. It'll go down a little bit next year, and then it will continue to go down for the next few years." view article arw

FORNEY, Texas — The Forney Independent School District is seeking nominations from the community for future facilities names.  Following approval of a $623 million bond referendum in November 2019, and in anticipation of new facilities in the future, the district is seeking nominations from the community through Tuesday, February 4, 2020. view article arw

HUNTINGTON, Texas (KTRE) - Huntington ISD Board of Trustees is calling for a bond election for more than $19 million dollars. KTRE’S T’Ebonie Tanner sat down with Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers to learn more about why the district is asking for the money. According to Superintendent Flowers, it’s all for the kids. The money will go towards new construction, renovation and upgrades throughout the district.  “Safety is first for the students and faculty. So, safety entrances and some new doors that will provide additional safety in the classrooms. As well as, new cameras throughout the district,” Flowers says.  view article arw

UPDATE: Jan. 22, 2020, 9:20 a.m. — According to Iowa Park CISD superintendent Steve Moody, the Iowa Park school board is currently meeting with architects and contractors to finalize concepts for each of the campuses.  Moody told us that final plans are just a few months away.  “We are still on schedule to start construction this summer,” Moody said.  Stay with Texoma’s Homepage as the progress continues. We will bring you the most updated information as it becomes available to us. view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved staff changes and construction contracts at the Jan. 20 regular board meeting. The board approved a new principal and transportation director at the Jan. 20 regular board meeting. Sally Gupton is the new principal at Creech Elementary School, located at 5905 S. Mason Road, Katy. Her first day as principal was Jan. 21. view article arw

The opening date for Frisco ISD’s 43rd elementary school could be pushed back by a year.  At a Jan. 21 workshop, the board discussed moving the opening date for the elementary school, which will be located on FM 423 and Rockhill Parkway, to fall 2022 instead of fall 2021. Todd Fouche, deputy superintendent of business and operations, cited a complete redesign of the school as the reason for a new date. view article arw

The district is inching closer to breaking ground for Junior High School No. 17, which is planned to open for the 2021-22 school year.  In a 6-0 vote with board member Susan Gesoff absent, the Katy ISD trustees approved a $43.6 million contract for the construction of the new school to Drymalla Construction Co. Inc. at the Jan. 20 regular meeting.  The total project cost is estimated to be $52.4 million to also include engineering fees, utilities and furniture, per meeting documents. view article arw

The Bryan school board Tuesday night asked voters to approve a $175 million dollar bond issue May 2.  Hear comments from Monday night’s board meeting during Wednesday WTAW newscasts on 1620, 94.5, and radioaggieland.com.  The unanimous vote follows recommendations from a 36 member bond steering committee that met seven times since last year.  If approved, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 dollars will see a yearly property tax increase of $8.75. view article arw

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Bryan ISD board members have approved a 2020 election bond.  In May the district will ask taxpayers to vote yes on a $175 million bond they say will go toward construction projects for the growing district.  “It’s going to take us to the next four to five years. We’ve mapped that out. We believe that with our facilities and our growth, we should be good. Now, that’s barring something unforeseen,” said Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Bryan ISD Superintendent. view article arw

Navasota ISD’s bond project is in the middle of its biggest phase. At the recent Navasota State of the City event, Superintendent Dr. Stu Musik gave an update on how the second phase, the largest and most expensive of the bond, is going in 2020.  “Of the 55 million dollar bond, 31 million dollars of that is all in phase two, going on right now,” said Dr. Musik. view article arw

The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees met Monday, Jan. 13. The Board was recognized as part of School Board Recognition Month, which is celebrated throughout Texas in January.  Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost expressed her appreciation to CISD Board members and thanked them for their time, service, commitment and focus.  Frost added, “Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district.” view article arw

HUNTINGTON — Huntington school trustees have called a $19.295 million bond election for May 2.  The bond will be for new construction, renovation and upgrades on the district’s campuses, Superintendent David Flowers said.  The estimated tax increase is 26 cents at this time, Flowers said. For the average home in Huntington worth $95,000 with the state and homestead exemptions, that would be about a $133 increase per year or $11 increase per month.  “We want the voters to know the impact they would be looking at and how it will benefit the students,” Flowers said. “For the board to have the courage to call a bond, this is something generational.  “We’re just thankful to have the opportunity to get the message out and then let the HISD stakeholders make a decision if it’s something they can support.” view article arw

The Humble ISD school board approved the purchase of a new Nevco Sports video scoreboard for Turner Stadium on Jan. 14. It will replace the existing eight-year-old board, which has a slew of technical challenges and is constantly in need of repairs, district officials said.  The $750,000 scoreboard will help the venue continue to attract events, such as the AAU Junior Olympics, to Turner Stadium. view article arw

The Frenship Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the call for a vote on a nearly $300 million bond Monday night. Frenship ISD says the district has gained more than 10,300 students across 14 campuses, and more than 90% of the $299.7 million bond is dedicated to building new facilities, as well as renovating existing facilities to accommodate the growth. view article arw

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - College Station ISD's Board of Trustees approved renovation plans for two schools.  Tuesday evening they approved the second and final phase of renovations for both A&M Consolidated Middle School and College Station Middle School.  The renovations include new flooring, doors, paint, millwork, updates in the classrooms and other non-public areas of the buildings. The construction is scheduled to begin this summer.  For more information, see the related links tab. view article arw

On Jan. 7, Fort Bend ISD’s newest elementary school welcomed students to campus for the first time.  Malala Elementary School, located at 11770 W. Aliana Trace Drive, Richmond, is FBISD's 51st elementary school.  Students and family had the opportunity to visit the campus Jan. 6 prior to the first day of class for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guided tour and preview night.  The building is named after Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani advocate for women’s education. At age 17, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. view article arw

Northside Health Careers High School will undergo renovations that will cost more than $4 million. The magnet high school opened in 1984 and is located at 4646 Hamilton Wolfe Road. “We’re going to be taking down everything inside and re-configuring it into all of these individual lab spaces that we need, some classrooms as well as a collaborative space, so all students can work together,” said Deborah Schaefer, NISD career and technical education director. view article arw

WFISD school board narrows down architectural firms for new schools view article arw

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP and the Sweeny Independent School District announced today a $1.7 million contribution from the company to the district’s new career and technology education (CTE) center. The donation reflects a shared commitment to education and workforce development, and will provide high school students the industry skills needed to compete in the workplace. view article arw

Trustees with the Beeville ISD have another option if they want to continue their efforts to build a new elementary. “The district continues to analyze a range of solutions to address long-term facility needs, including innovative funding mechanisms in an effort to present the most cost-efficient package to our taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Marc Puig. view article arw

The Dripping Springs ISD community approved a $132 million construction bond in May 2018, for which construction on multiple projects is still underway. According to the district, 2020 will be an integral year for several of the bond’s biggest projects. view article arw

Third time’s a charm?

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Trustees eyeing new approach to elementary school construction  BEEVILLE – Trustees with the Beeville ISD have another option if they want to continue their efforts to build a new elementary.  “The district continues to analyze a range of solutions to address long-term facility needs, including innovative funding mechanisms in an effort to present the most cost-efficient package to our taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Marc Puig. view article arw

Six years after Frenship ISD voters approved an $85.2 million bond package, FISD voters will again be asked to approve a bond package to help manage the district's growth.  Monday evening, the Frenship ISD Board of Trustees approved putting a $299.7 million bond up for voter approval on the Saturday, May 2, 2020 election date.  The bulk of the proposed 2020 bond package will consist of funds to build a second high school, a fourth middle school, convert the current Frenship ISD Ninth Grade Center into the new Frenship Middle School, build a ninth elementary school, and construct various renovations to existing campuses including Frenship High School. view article arw

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — A plan to expand Leander ISD’s pre-K program to a full-day offering would double the district’s expected enrollment and add around 40 new pre-K classrooms this fall.  The board of trustees will consider and possibly vote on the plan at their meeting Thursday. It calls for growing the number of elementary schools offering pre-K classes to 11, up from six currently. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Construction delays are costing Austin ISD a pretty penny, according to a report from our news partners at the Austin American-Statesman.  A new report finds construction of the district's new South Austin headquarters is months behind schedule. And, so far, the district has reportedly racked up more than $1.5 million in unexpected costs. view article arw

When the new T.A. Brown Elementary School campus opened Jan. 8, students walked in through a new entryway, took a left by the new “learning stairs”—a communal space with multicolored stairs and a pull-down screen—and walked down the hall to a celebration ceremony in the cafeteria, where there is a new demonstration kitchen where they will be able to learn about sustainable food.  The new amenities are examples of “modernized” school campuses, and 18 more are scheduled to open within the next few years. For nearly half of those students walking into the new building—about 250 of the 520, according to Principal Veronica Sharp—it was their first time attending classes in anything but a portable structure. view article arw

Bridgeport ISD trustees Wednesday received a recommendation from the district’s facility advisory committee for a three-proposition bond package that would cost nearly $90 million.  The bond package, which is primarily made up of facility improvements, could reach the ballot in May.  “We feel like this will move the district into the future with these facilities,” said Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Brandon Peavey. view article arw

TROUP – Contracts and an upcoming school board election were the primary topics during Monday's meeting of the Troup ISD trustees.  The board voted unanimously to renew the contract of TISD Superintendent Tammy Jones through July 2023. She was hired in 2018 to oversee the 3-A district, said Cindy Wilson, administrative assistant to the superintendent.  In a separate action, trustees also named Berry & Clay Construction Co. of Rusk as the construction manager at risk for possible future building projects in the district. view article arw

Richardson ISD officials expect to begin planning this summer for a potential bond election in 2021.  The district has historically operated on a five-year bond election cycle. Bond elections ask taxpayers for permission to issue bonds to pay for one-time, large-scale expenses, such as school construction or repairs, bus purchases, or equipment and technology for schools. Bonds are paid off through the debt service portion of RISD’s property tax rate. view article arw

(KFDX/KJTL) — After notifying about 80 architecture firms, receiving eight submittals, the Wichita Falls ISD is now moving forward with three of those firms for renovations, especially those that could come with the passage of a bond.  “We had eight submittals,” WFISD Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said. “We took those and we had a criteria that we published in the RFQ that was sent out and we looked at each one of their submittals they turned in.”  They were then ranked on several different sections with two of those sections standing out above the rest. view article arw

Dallas ISD is providing more details on why it is asking voters to approve almost $4 billion in funding later this year. One of the many plans is to build social service centers on four school campuses.  The social service centers would be added at four of the district's neediest high schools: Lincoln, Pinkston, Roosevelt and Spruce. Dallas ISD said $40 million of the bond would go toward the centers. view article arw

Less than a year after the 86th Legislature approved $11.6 billion for a combination of property tax buydown ($5.1 billion) and school finance ($6.5 billion), Dallas ISD is considering a bond issuance of between $2.7 and $3.7 billion.  This would be the largest bond request by any type of taxing entity in Texas history.  Last year, the Cy-Fair ISD issued a $1.7 billion request to voters — which passed with 70 percent support. In 2012, Houston ISD passed a $1.87 billion bond view article arw

District officials are considering a range of $2.7 billion to $3.7 billion for the next bond package, expected to be sent to voters in November.  Dallas ISD is preparing to ask taxpayers for the largest school district bond in state history.  While details are months from being finalized, the district is considering three plans which range from $2.7 billion to $3.7 billion for the upcoming bond package, any of which would be the largest ever issued by a Texas school district, according to data from the Texas Bond Review Board.  District officials say this amount can be paid for without changing the district’s current tax rate. The plan needs to be finalized this summer in order to be presented to voters in the November election. view article arw