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

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Marshall ISD’s Board of Trustees voted to continue their step-by-step renovation of the school district’s aging 30-year-old high school at its meeting Thursday.  The current project, which has an estimated cost of about $400,000, involves replacing the high school’s existing indoor and outdoor lights, including the ones in the parking lot, with more cost-efficient LED lighting, according to Dr. Jerry Gibson, Marshall ISD’s superintendent.  Gibson said the contractor who will be doing the work on the lighting at the high school will be working in the evenings and the weekends while school is still in session. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Marshall ISD’s Board of Trustees voted to continue their step-by-step renovation of the school district’s aging 30-year-old high school at its meeting Thursday.  The current project, which has an estimated cost of about $400,000, involves replacing the high school’s existing indoor and outdoor lights, including the ones in the parking lot, with more cost-efficient LED lighting, according to Dr. Jerry Gibson, Marshall ISD’s superintendent.  Gibson said the contractor who will be doing the work on the lighting at the high school will be working in the evenings and the weekends while school is still in session. view article arw

PORT NECHES — The Port Neches-Groves High School band practice field is slated for major improvements.  PNGISD Superintendent Mike Gonzalez said the district is using funding from an approved TransCanada Pipeline installation to make updates to a field used by band and soccer students next to the high school. view article arw

At the meeting on Jan. 13, the Citizens Advisory Committee presented to the Friendswood ISD board of trustees with a recommendation for a bond containing district-wide improvements. The bond recommendation totaled $128 million, with improvements suggested for five of the six campuses. Brandon Kinsey, a presenter for the committee, said that district demographic projections for the next few years were a significant focus for the committee.“We are under a moderate growth cycle and we’ve been on that path for some time,” Kinsey said. “Within the next two years we’re going to be at capacity at some of our campuses, and that was something we felt strongly about.” view article arw

Travis County and Lake Travis ISD officially entered into an interlocal agreement on the Vail Divide Southern Extension project, which includes the construction of a roadway and bridge between Hamilton Pool Road and Hwy. 71 in an effort to relieve traffic congestion.  The LTISD board of trustees unanimously approved the interlocal agreement with the county during a Jan. 15 school board meeting.  The roadway project will provide additional access to Lake Travis ISD’s Bee Cave Middle School and per the terms of the agreement, the district will be responsible for the management and development of the project. view article arw

Bridgeport trustees received a recommendation from the district’s facility advisory committee for a three-proposition bond package that would cost nearly $90 million Wednesday night. view article arw

BULLARD, Texas (KETK) – The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees approved naming the high school softball field after Megan Dobrinski, a beloved coach who lost her battle with cancer in 2019.  Megan Dobrinski coached softball for Bullard and was diagnosed with cancer in May 2019. She passed away on August 14, leaving behind a husband and two children. view article arw

About $1.8 million is now destined to flow into the building that once housed the Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe.  Money was allotted for the project following a vote Tuesday evening by the Denton school board.  Tucked into the consent agenda alongside 12 other items, a contract with architectural firm Corgan Associates Inc. to renovate 200 W. Congress St. received unanimous approval from the board. view article arw

At the past two Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees meetings (November and December), presentations were made regarding the schematic designs for two projects from the 2018 bond program: the Walnut Springs Elementary relocation to the Dripping Springs Middle School site and construction of Elementary #5 on Darden Hill Road (southeast of the Sawyer Ranch Road intersection).  A community meeting to share information on the designs for both projects will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Board Room at the DSISD Administration Building. The schematic design for the new Walnut Springs Elementary will be presented at 6:00 p.m. and the schematic design for Elementary #5 (on Darden Hill Road) will be presented at 7:00 p.m. District personnel and representatives from Corgan Architects will share information and address questions. view article arw

Round Rock ISD is among four Texas school districts awarded the Caudill Award, the highest honor in the annual Exhibit of School Architecture competition, according to a Jan. 14 news release.  The competition is hosted by the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards for projects that exemplify excellence in planning and design of the learning environment, the release said. view article arw

Georgetown ISD is among four Texas school districts awarded the Caudill Award, the highest honor in the annual Exhibit of School Architecture competition, according to a Jan. 14 news release. The competition is hosted by the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards for projects that exemplify excellence in planning and design of the learning environment, the release said. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls ISD officials are now given the task of working through eight different architectural services bids.  “We have acquired request for qualifications for architecture services,” WFISD Michael Kuhrt said.  Kuhrt said the district is moving another step towards its goal of getting a bond package together after receiving architectural services bids. view article arw

The new C. E. King High School is here. Students entered the $146 million campus for the first time on Jan. 8. Built to provide an experience similar to a business or college atmosphere, the 580,000 square foot high school is built with an open, three-story design divided into three primary sections all connecting to one spine through the building. view article arw

Killeen ISD proposes $265M bond

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KILLEEN, Texas – The Killeen Independent School District is among the top 20 fastest-growing school districts in Texas – and to sustain this growth, they are considering another bond election.  The district held its first board meeting of the year on Tuesday. On the agenda was a $265 million bond.  Officials say the money will go towards building two new elementary schools, upgrades to Harker Heights and Peebles Elementary, and improvements to high school athletic stadiums. view article arw

Interesting video from North Carolina - js CLINTON, North Carolina (KETK) – A close call at a North Carolina middle school nearly turned deadly after a roof collapsed during a “microburst.”  The collapse was captured on camera inside the gym at Union Intermediate School. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin ISD is facing some challenges because of the City's proposed new Land Development Code. The Land Development Code impacts the way the district does business in a few ways, including when it is working on new projects, and AISD isn't happy with where it is zoned.  view article arw

Lewisville ISD is expected to begin construction on a new elementary school by the end of this month, according to school district officials. Josey Lane Elementary is projected to open at a site south of Windhaven Parkway and north of FM 544 in August 2021. view article arw

It's no surprise that Killeen Independent School District has seen a lot of growth in recent years. They're proposing a second multi-million dollar bond in less than two years. Last month, the KISD Bond Steering Committee decided to proceed with the bond and now they must present it to the board of trustees. If it its approved, it will go to voters in May. view article arw

Beaumont seems poised to move forward with three of its most urgent post-Tropical Depression Imelda building repairs, despite not having assurances that the federal government will reimburse the city for the expenses.  Tuesday’s expected vote on whether to move forward with repairs to two fire stations and a police special services facility — three of seven city buildings that still are damaged — prior to a final reimbursement determination from the Federal Emergency Management Agency means the city likely won’t get paid back for the expenses. view article arw

Austin ISD trustees will vote to approve an update to the facilities master plan, or FMP, at the Jan. 27 meeting. The plan details options AISD could look at to modernize and better use schools as well as facilities and offerings for athletics, fine arts, and career and technical education across the district. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin ISD staff unveiled a plan Monday to reduce portable classrooms within the district 25% by 2022.  With 622 portables on campuses district-wide, the district is looking to cut roughly 155 of them.  In his first year at Murchison Middle School, sixth grader David Cromey said he’s been spending a lot of his time inside the school’s portable classrooms. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District had a dedication ceremony to honor the namesake of the district’s 48th school at Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary School.  The event in December honored Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco, the district’s first peace officer who served nearly 30 years in the district’s police department. He was SISD’s first and only sergeant for many years. view article arw

Two years after approving $426 million in school bonds, the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees will consider approving a $265 million bond for more schools and upgraded athletic stadiums. If the board approves the bond, it is expected to go on the May 2 ballot, where voters who live in the KISD boundaries will have the final say.  The new $265 million recommendation will be presented to the board Tuesday by the three co-chairs of the bond steering committee. The board can approve the recommendation as is, make changes to the recommendation or decide not to approve the recommendation Tuesday, or wait for a future meeting to make a decision on the recommendation. view article arw

The $653.57 million Conroe ISD bond referendum approved by voters Nov. 5 includes money for new buildings and expansions at several campuses, but another effect of district growth will be a need to look at rezoning across the district in 2020.  Several south Montgomery County schools will see additional space added in 2020-21 as a result of the bond. College Park High School is slated to get a 10-classroom addition via $9.86 million of bond funds, while an addition to York Junior High to increase classroom and cafeteria capacity to 2,000 students is budgeted at $15.5 million.   view article arw

Hundreds attended a grand opening ceremony for the new South Oak Cliff High School on Saturday.   The newly renovated Dallas Independent School District campus opened its doors to students and staff for the first time earlier this week when they came back to school from winter break.  The official celebration march and ribbon cutting ceremony followed on Saturday. Crews spent two years gutting and renovating the entire building at a cost of $52 million. Every part of the campus was updated or transformed. view article arw

In advance of issuing what will likely be the largest public school bond in Texas history -- perhaps more than $3 billion -- the Dallas Independent School District is constructing a radically new approach on how some of those bond dollars could be spent.  The concept, still being refined, would set aside $40 million of the upcoming bond to create dedicated spaces at four of the district’s neediest campuses to provide social services for those communities -- turning schools into community hubs. How communities would use those hubs would depend on their needs. For example, some could house legal services and health clinics, while others serve as police substations or food co-ops. view article arw

Right now, Hays CISD is taking feedback on projects that the board of trustees wants to include in its bond proposal for the May 2020 ballot.  The board of trustees, along with residents in the area, met on Saturday to talk about the proposed projects to catch up with growth in the area.  Hays CISD superintendent Eric Wright says they are expecting to gain 500 to 800 students each year, for the rest of the decade.  view article arw

A decision must be made quickly if Dallas ISD’s tornado-damaged schools are to reopen by the 2022 school year, Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. To that end, district administrators briefed trustees this week on options to move forward for the trio of North Dallas campuses severely damaged by tornadoes on Oct. 20: Thomas Jefferson High School, Cary Middle School and Walnut Hill Elementary. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees will review the recommendation from the bond steering of a $265 million bond when it meets for its regular meeting on Tuesday.  The recommendation came from the final meeting of the bond steering committee on Dec. 17.  The current recommendation will pay for two new elementary schools, the rebuilding of Harker Heights and Peebles elementary schools, the renovation of Ellison High School and upgrades to the athletic stadiums at Ellison, Harker Heights and Shoemaker high schools. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls ISD superintendent said he hopes by the end of this year voters will have approved a nearly $300 million bond issue to build two new high schools. Before that can happen, the school board spent its first school board meeting of the year figuring out what that bond package will look like.  “2020 is going to be an awesome thing for the WFISD, I think,” WFISD Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD trustees narrowed the focus of a possible Nov. 3 bond election to building two high schools after facing financial facts during a noon work session Thursday.  “The timeline has shifted a little bit just because of our bonding capacity," WFISD Board President Elizabeth Yeager said in an interview after the meeting. "Our bonding capacity will limit what we can do in November to those two high schools."    Trustees have been honing a far-reaching plan to modernize the entire school district, leaving no facility untouched. They will continue to work on it.  view article arw

TEMPLE, Texas – Meridith Dunbar Early Childhood Academy has stood in East Temple since 1911 and has undergone several different names. Now it will have a different look.  Temple’s lone all-black high school is now a Pre-K for the town and will be gutted and re-worked over a 12-month period to the tune of an entirely new interior. It was the building’s history that kept the district from tearing it down and starting from scratch. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District unveiled options Thursday to either largely renovate or rebuild schools badly damaged by the last year’s tornado.  Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said he hopes the board of trustees will decide how to move forward inside the next two weeks so they can ave the schools back open by August 2022.  “What we expect from you in two weeks is which plan we go for,” Hinojosa told trustees. view article arw