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Highland Park ISD celebrated the dedication and open house for Bradfield Elementary October 20. Bradfield Elementary at 4300 Southern Avenue was rebuilt as part of a $361 million bond proposal passed in 2015. The rebuilding process for the formerly 93-year-old campus took about 13 months. Bradfield Principal Regina Dumar said she’s pleased with the completed building and thanked the community for their support to rebuild it. view article arw

Killeen ISD is moving ahead with preparations for another school bond as its two bonds totaling $426 million are underway. At tonight’s meeting, the KISD school board will discuss its plans for a bond. The idea of seeking another bond was presented at the end of the Oct. 8 board meeting by Superintendent John Craft during a discussion of facilities planning. view article arw

During the 2019 elections, there will be three counties facing a vote on a school bond. Crockett County voters will be asked to vote in favor or against a $33,8000,000 bond. The money will help pay for the construction, acquisition and equipment of school buildings within the Crockett County Consolidated Common School District. view article arw

The Northwest ISD school board met Oct. 21 and approved a guaranteed maximum price of about $17.7 million for Phase 2 of the project that comprises work at Chisholm Trail, Medlin and Gene Pike middle schools. All three schools were included in the $399 million bond package with work planned for fine arts facility additions and renovations, as well as building repairs, mechanical system upgrades, handicap accessibility improvements and other work. Phase 1 included upgraded fire alarm systems at Pike and Medlin, which were completed over the summer, according to a meeting presentation. view article arw

For the last three years, there has been an average of 83 new home sales in Greenville. While the growth is encouraging, Greenville Independent School District officials say that much of that increase has been concentrated in the southeast part of town, which is expected to put Bowie Elementary and Greenville Middle School over capacity by the beginning of the next school year. By the 2023-24 school year, Bowie is projected to peak at nearly 10 percent over capacity. Meanwhile, Greenville Middle School, being the only middle school in town, is expected to have an enrollment that’s about 13 percent over capacity by 2028-29. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District says classes at 12 of its campuses will remain canceled Tuesday after Sunday's tornado outbreak. On Monday, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said two of those campuses — Walnut Hill Elementary School and Cary Middle School — are a total loss and will need to be rebuilt. view article arw

Early voting for the Nov. 5 election has kicked off in the state of Texas. Voters in the Dumas Independent School District boundary will be deciding on a $107 million bond which would fund a number of upgrades and major changes to its campuses. view article arw

Like many other school districts, Arlington ISD faces challenges. A need for new technology. The fact that facilities are wearing out or just don’t suit the demands of modern education. A lack of dependable buses. Improving these things will keep the school district on an upward trajectory. For this reason, we recommend Arlington voters approve a $966 million bond issue. view article arw

Midway High School junior Sandra Cuenca cannot recall exactly when she decided she wanted to pursue a career in medicine and become a doctor. Neither can junior Malaina Huff and senior Jaidyn Guzman. They were too young to remember. But now these students are nearing graduation and entering the “real world,” prepared to attend college and follow a premedicine route that will take them to medical school. They know which colleges they want to attend, the areas of medicine they want to study and even some basic medical skills. view article arw

As residents in Ysleta ISD begin heading to the polls on Monday, they’ll face a big proposition on their ballots. The district’s 2019 Bond referendum is a $425 million proposal on the November 5 ballot calling for upgrades to multiple district campuses, including a new Hanks area middle school, new Riverside area elementary school, the rebuilding of Scotsdale Elementary and a major renovation for Dolphin Terrace Elementary in the Parkland feeder pattern. view article arw

Voters in southeast Travis County will decide whether to approve a $284 million bond proposal for Del Valle ISD when they head to the polls starting Monday for early voting.The district says the bond will not raise the tax rate, so what’s left for voters is to decide whether the bond committee’s priorities are worth the money. The bond includes money to tear down and rebuild three schools: Smith Elementary, Horsnby-Dunlap Elementary and Del Valle Middle School. view article arw

Middle school principals and top Ector County ISD officials met Friday to get a status report on how the middle school redesign is going following the first quarter of school. Principals talked about how the implementation has gone, whether it was being implemented correctly, whether students and teachers are being reached as intended and what adjustments, if any, need to be made. The redesign started last spring. Under the A-F state accountability rating system, every middle school campus, except Nimitz, got an F grade under state accountability standards. Nimitz got a D. view article arw

During its regular meeting Monday school board trustees will consider resolutions allowing Jacksonville ISD superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly to advertise for bids on the district's south warehouse at 2045 S. Jackson St., for a minimum bid set at $215,000, according to a meeting agenda. Also during the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the administration building, located at 800 College Ave., trustees also will: view article arw

Bryan Independent School District hosted an open house Sunday for its new Career & Technical Education Complex (CTEC). Hundreds packed the complex to catch a glimpse of the new facility and machines students from Bryan, Snook, and Caldwell ISD are training with. view article arw

Early voting will get underway Monday and go through Nov. 1. In Travis and Williamson counties, voters can cast their ballots at any early voting location. Here are some key Central Texas ballot issues:  Del Valle school district: Residents will vote on a $284 million bond issue. District officials have said they do not need to raise the tax rate with this bond measure.  Manor school district: Residents will vote on a $280 million bond issue to help pay for growing student enrollment, modernizing older campuses and expanding student programs.  Lockhart school district: Residents will vote on a $92 million bond issue. If the measure passes, residents will have a net tax increase of between 3.9 cents and 8.9 cents per $100 of property value, according to the district’s website.  Coupland school district: Residents will vote on a $5 million bond issue to help pay for new school facilities and improve safety and security. view article arw

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