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Judson Independent School District trustees picked a school counselor from among three applicants to fill a vacant seat on the board, voting unanimously Thursday to appoint Shatonya Marie King, 37, the lead school counselor at Lopez Middle School in the North East Independent School District. King grew up attending Judson ISD schools and has a degree in radio, TV and film from the University of North Texas, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a masters in education from Lamar University. She has been a special education teacher or a counselor in four school districts since 2011. view article arw

The newest construction project in Killeen broke ground on Thursday. Just off Chaparral Road lies the future spot of the district’s sixth high school. Local and state representatives, along with future students, gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of a project nearly a decade in the making. For superintendent Dr. John Craft, the moment means nothing but excitement. view article arw

For years, Highland Park High School athletes and coaches have thrived despite limited space and aging facilities. But with various construction projects nearing completion, several sports will gain the behind-the-scenes infrastructure to match their championship pedigree. The dust is gradually clearing on athletic improvements that comprise a significant share of Highland Park ISD’s $361.4 million bond initiative passed by voters in November 2015. view article arw

In a dramatic flip-flop, The Woodlands Township board of directors voted to formally endorse the Conroe Independent School District’s massive bond and tax hike, which is on the November 5 ballot. The vote came after the board spent almost two hours discussing the issue. CISD has already raised its debt service tax rate over 4 cents in anticipation of the bond, which will add $677 million to the district’s debt. Although voters defeated CISD’s bond back in May, the district refused to respect the will of the voters and decided to put a slightly pared-down version back on the ballot in hopes of obtaining a more favorable outcome on the second vote. view article arw

Having reached the halfway point in the construction phase, Lake Travis school district officials are now considering an official name and mascot for the district’s seventh elementary campus that will open next fall. In September, the district solicited public input for the school’s name and mascot using the Thoughtexchange online communication platform. Holly Morris-Kuentz, deputy superintendent, said 729 residents participated in the survey. The top results were presented to the school board Oct. 16. view article arw

Killeen city leaders and administrators from the Killeen Independent School District met Thursday to break ground on what will soon be the district's sixth high school. The new facility was made possible thanks to voters who approved a $426 million bond package to fund the high school in 2018. view article arw

With t’s crossed and i’s dotted, Denton ISD’s purchase of the property at 200 W. Congress St. was finalized on Oct. 17. From 1995 until 2018, the building had housed the Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe, which for many years was the only local option where shoppers could reliably purchase organic groceries, gentle cleaning supplies and natural vitamins. Since opening in 1965, the grocery shop outgrew several locations before settling into the location on West Congress Street. view article arw

Poolville ISD board of trustees may decide on new locks for doors at all campuses at their regular meeting next month. Trustees reviewed bids for the project during the school board meeting earlier this month. Sample locks were installed at the elementary and junior high school, Superintendent Jeff Kirby said. Trustees decided to table a decision on the locks until they were given a chance to sample them. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District is breaking ground on a new high school on Thursday morning. Superintendent Dr. John Craft and the Board of Trustees will break ground on the district’s sixth high school, which is expected to open in the fall of 2022. view article arw

More affordable housing units are coming to Austin. The City of Austin will build more affordable housing units in 2020 on land that was previously owned by the Austin Independent School District, according to our partners at the Austin American-Statesman. The units, which will be located in North Austin and East Austin, will be a mix of affordable rental and homeownership units. The units will be constructed on 1.2 acres on Doris Drive and 8.9 acres on Tannehill Lane, the Statesman reported. The land on Doris Drive was purchased for $920,000 and the Tannehill Lane land was purchased for $1.96 million. view article arw

Residents might soon notice advertising on school buses as well as a new, upgraded scoreboard at the high school after board members approved both projects, Superintendent Phil Edwards said. Alpha Media sells the advertisements then pays the school district a fee to place them on the buses, Edwards said. The school stands to make $40,000 in revenue this year and double that amount next year, he said. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees approved during an Oct. 21 meeting the schematics for the rebuild of Lakeview Elementary School, but not without dissent from board member Grayle James. James said the community’s No. 1 priority in the rebuild of the school was to preserve the historic gym as a gym. In the proposed schematic, the facade of the gym is preserved, but it is no longer used as a gym, and a new gym will be constructed. view article arw

Keller ISD is entrusting voters to decide on its proposed $315 million bond package in this upcoming general election. Early voting began Oct. 21 and will last through Nov. 1. The school district began the process of assessing facility needs about nine months ago, KISD Superintendent Rick Westfall said. The efforts of about 260 community members resulted in KISD’s long-range facilities plan containing 66 projects. The plan serves as a guiding document, but the listed projects are not guaranteed. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District and Superintendent John Craft are moving forward with plans for a new taxpayer-funded bond by setting the meeting dates for the bond steering committee. There was little to no concern voiced by the board over the new bond issue. Board members Brett Williams and Shelley Wells were not present for the meeting. view article arw

Beginning Wednesday, Dallas ISD students from tornado-damaged schools will head to different campuses. Thomas Jefferson High School and the surrounding neighborhood were hit hard by the weekend's severe weather. The school’s students will now have class at the old, empty Thomas Edison Middle School in west Dallas. Clean-up was non-stop Tuesday in Thomas Jefferson’s northwest Dallas neighborhood. As a community volunteer sawed limbs off a tornado-torn tree, five Thomas Jefferson students, including senior Jackie Rios, were going door to door, handing out items, including bagels, juice and water. view article arw

Early voting is now underway and Dumas residents are voting on a $107 million Dumas ISD school bond proposal. “We have tried to get as much mileage as we can out of these new schools but sometimes you have to reach a point where you have to do something different,” said Monty Hysinger, Dumas ISD Superintendent. $91 million of it, if passed, will go towards three brand new elementary schools. Which Hysinger says are an average of 62 years old. view article arw

Dallas school officials are scrambling to find enough buses and drivers to suddenly transport nearly 3,000 more students each day — students whose schools were damaged by an F3 tornado. Dallas ISD only recently ironed out most of the kinks in its busing system. It’s in just its second year. view article arw

Memories of Memorial Stadium will now be just that, memories. The Taylor ISD School Board unanimously voted Monday, Oct. 21, to donate the property to the city of Taylor.  The area owned by the district, 5.29 acres of land commonly referred to as Memorial Stadium, is located east of Davis Street and West of Sycamore Street. view article arw

$78 million dollars is on the line for the Lumberton Independent School District this November. Voting is underway for Proposition A, which was approved by the Lumberton ISD Board of Trustees in August. The money, according to the district, will be used to renovate classrooms, upgrade security throughout the district and parking improvements.  view article arw

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