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Kilgore Intermediate School is asking for volunteers to install their new playground equipment provided by the KaBOOM! grant. The $20,000 grant was part of KaBoom! Let’s Play Dream Playground Contest, which Kilgore Intermediate School won in 2018. view article arw

Borger ISD schools will have a new look come this Fall. In 2017, voters approved a bond of about $40 million to make school improvements throughout the district. view article arw

The Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to rename Lee Elementary School. When the school year starts, kids will step off the bus and into Park Hills Elementary instead of Lee Elementary School. In 2018, Robert E. Lee Elementary School was shortened to Lee Elementary. Now, after the Amarillo NAACP’s formal request, Lee Elementary is no more. view article arw

It was a monumental day for the AISD School District. At the board meeting on Monday, July 15, trustees unanimously approved to change the controversial name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Following the decision, the room erupted into applause, some getting out of their seats. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District trustees have identified The Crowe Group Inc. as its top choice to build the replacement for Austin Elementary School. According to Associate Superintendent for Operations Scott McLean, trustees during a recent school board meeting named the Abilene-based contractor as builder of the school with funds approved by voters in the November 2018 bond package. A contract is currently in negotiation, Superintendent David Young said. While negotiations continue, the district held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday, kicking off the roughly one-year construction period that will conclude with the new school for the 2020-21 school year. view article arw

The Hawkins school district is staging a play to help its 2019 theater students pay for college expenses. All the money raised from upcoming performances of “The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens” will go into a scholarship fund and be split by 2019 graduates involved in the play, said Candace Brooks, the school’s theater director. “In having such a large group of seniors graduate who have held such big roles in our theater department over the last four years, we wanted to provide them with the best opportunity to receive scholarships,” Brooks said in a news release. view article arw

Trail project moves ahead

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A walking trail could soon be coming to Renshaw Park in Decatur. At Monday’s meeting, the city council approved spending up to $25,000 from the parks and recreation budget to help fund a project that would create a walking trail around the perimeter of the park, located on Farm Road 51 South in the south part of the city. view article arw

With school out for summer vacation, North Lamar ISD has begun repairs and renovation work at several district schools. At Thursday’s board of trustees meeting, Facilities Director Rick Landis said lights have been changed out, windows have been replaced and some repainting has been done at Everett Elementary School. view article arw

In the fall, Tyler ISD students will get to enjoy a little tee time after school and perhaps even during PE. That’s the plan as a groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for The First Tee of Greater Tyler Learning Facility at Woldert Park. Stacia Aylor, First Tee of Greater Tyler executive director, said she expects the facility to be completed in time for the organization to hold the Life Skills classes in the fall. First up will be a chipping green and a putting green, along with a driving/practice range. Plastic balls will be used at the driving range during Phase 1.  view article arw

Round Rock ISD has begun preliminary designs and planning for new academic and recreational facilities following voter approval of a $508 million bond last November. The bond projects will be addressed in phases. The first round of projects amounts to around $182 million, according to RRISD Chief Operating Officer Terry Worcester. Worcester outlined six substantial projects in the first phase, including additions and interior renovations to Westwood High School, C.D. Fulkes Middle School and McNeil High School. view article arw

A closer look at proposals to modernize Wichita Falls ISD with sweeping facility changes reveals the possible location of new high schools, fewer elementary schools in the district and the closure of six older schools, according to information presented in a work session Wednesday. WFISD trustees are seeking to create a vision to take the district into the future with fewer but newer schools, as well as discussing asking voters to approve bonds in November to pay for that vision.  view article arw

Cleveland ISD held a topping out ceremony to celebrate passing a significant construction milestone for its new high school additions and Cottonwood Elementary on July 10. The district held the topping out ceremony to recognize the last beam being placed on top of the buildings. Both buildings will be available to the school district in fall 2020. view article arw

ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - Alto ISD has made progress in the major repair work that needed to be done to its buildings, facilities, and properties when violent storms blew through East Texas back in April.  Superintendent Kelly West released a statement saying the school district has filed a $10 million dollar insurance claim. She said 11 portable buildings have been placed to create temporary classrooms for the high school. view article arw

CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - The Canyon Independent School District’s new schools voted on in the 2018 bond election are now in the design process.  The district still has a ways to go before starting construction on the new high school and two elementary schools.  Canyon ISD’s third high school will be in the Northeast part of the district and is scheduled to open in August 2022. view article arw

Construction projects on the high school campus and new Cottonwood Elementary School in Cleveland ISD are underway and have reached a milestone.  “This ceremony marks 50 percent completion of construction,” said Cleveland ISD Superintendent Chris Trotter. “They will be ready for opening in Fall 2020.” view article arw

The Austin Independent School District's headquarters has been located at 1111 West Sixth Street for more than 25 years. But that's about to change. AISD said their move to 4000 South Interstate Highway 35, at the northwest corner of I-35 and East Ben White Boulevard, is underway. The move is expected to be completed by September. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD trustees will get deep into the details for long-range facility planning – including options for one or two high schools – in a noon Wednesday work session at the Education Center. Trustees will also discuss the possibility of putting a bond proposal before voters in November, but they will take no action at the work session Wednesday, which is expected to last a long time, according to officials. view article arw

A project that was supposed to turn a historic building in Bryan into high-end apartments might be a thing of the past. The City of Bryan has issued a demolition order, terminating their redevelopment agreement with the owner of Bowie Elementary. Construction on the former Bowie Elementary school was supposed to begin in February, but that didn't happen. view article arw

During tonight’s meeting, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees will consider calling a trustee election to be held Nov. 5 in a joint election with Harris County. Positions six and seven, currently held by Cathy Arellano and Rick Mann respectively, will be up for election, according to the Klein ISD agenda executive summary. view article arw

Comal Independent School District trustees on Thursday received updates on projected growth that led to discussions about timelines for the district’s next bond election. Trustees approved a $274.6 million overall budget, including an operating fund of $204.4 million, $61.9 million for debt service and $10.3 million in child nutrition programs for 2019-20. It included a 4% across-the-board pay hikes for all district employees and an additional $250 for veteran teachers and professionals with at least six years experience. view article arw

Midland ISD made a statement about its preparation for the future this past week by purchasing Ranchland Hills Golf Club. School district leaders decided to spend $9.5 million for the 117.5 acres in east Midland, possibly tipping its hand on a site for a future high school, should voters approve what is likely to be Midland’s largest bond referendum ever. view article arw

The El Campo ISD board of trustees is no step closer to renaming Northside Elementary for El Campo’s Armed Forces Medal of Honor recipient as of Tuesday’s meeting. On the agenda as a discussion and possible action item was the board policy regarding renaming of a district facility and the possible formation of a naming committee to rename the campus for the late U.S. Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez. view article arw

About a year after voters approved a $49.4 million bond for Salado Independent School District, the district formally broke ground on its new middle school. The campus was the big ticket item on the May 2018 bond ticket. Superintendent Michael Novotny said the district is the fastest growing school on a percentage basis in Region 12 of the Texas education system, which serves all of Central Texas. view article arw

Columbia-Brazoria ISD Board of Trustees called for a $11.5 million bond election to fund an expansion to house sixth-graders at West Brazos Junior High School. If voters approve the debt in November, the district should be able to pay for it without increasing the tax rate, Board President Jonathan Champ-agne said. view article arw

Keller ISD is working on a 10-year facilities plan it says will improve the way students learn for decades to come. Unlike neighboring Northwest ISD, which is only 27% built-out and still growing, KISD’s growth has slowed to 150 to 200 new students per year. Because of the slowdown, district officials do not see a need to construct new schools. Instead, KISD’s newly approved long-range facilities plan is an effort to replace and improve the district’s existing buildings. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD is one of 357 projects nationwide with the chance to get federal funding for a trail to allow students to ride their bicycles or walk to one of its campuses. If the project is approved, Pine Tree Junior High School students will have a trail about a mile long on which to either walk or bike to school. view article arw

Dovalina Elementary School is decades old and has dim lighting and roofs prone to leaking. It also serves one of the poorest areas in Laredo, but with the help of a school bond, the school will undergo long-overdue renovations. LISD is in early talks with Laredo College about an agreement to acquire additional land owned by LC that neighbors the school and is separated by a chain-link fence. view article arw

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved the principal terms of an Interlocal Agreement that will transfer ownership of an abandoned and historic cemetery to Fort Bend County, following the passage of legislation that amended state law permitting the county to own and operate a cemetery. Based on an investigation of the site, which was discovered during construction of the district’s James Reese Career and Technical Center, archaeologists believe the 95 African Americans buried at the property were likely convicts who were leased by the state to provide convict labor to a local plantation. The action grants authority to board president Jason Burdine to complete negotiations with the county to finalize details of the agreement, prior to the county’s action. view article arw

The Salado Independent School District will break ground on its new middle school on Wednesday. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the construction site on Williams Road, south of Salado High School at 5 p.m. view article arw

Members of the Keller ISD Citizens Bond Advisory Committee met June 25 to discuss what items to include for the next bond. This is the second meeting of the committee to discuss what items from the 10-year facilities plan to propose in a bond this year. The first meeting took place earlier this month and was centered around bond capacity limits and a potential timeline. view article arw

Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees approved construction firm and associated contracts on the first read at the monthly school board meeting on Monday, June 17 in order to begin the projects as soon as possible. MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said he doesn't want first read approvals to become habit but hoped the board was willing to make an exception in this instance. view article arw

Austin ISD funded 17 projects to modernize or build new schools throughout the district through its $1.05 billion 2017 bond program. Work is scheduled at five South Austin campuses over the summer. On June 4, Superintendent Paul Cruz thanked the community and the district’s board of trustees for passing the 2017 bond, which will open seven new schools or campuses starting in the 2020-21 school year. view article arw

The Midland ISD school board on Monday approved the purchase of two apartment complexes that would be used for teacher and staff housing.  The district negotiated with the owners of Simpatico Apartments, located at 2910 W. Michigan Ave., and Town and Country Apartments, located at 3310 Bedford Ave., to purchase their existing 25-unit complexes for a combined $3.2 million. view article arw

Coppell ISD is working to create a District Facilities Visioning Committee. Superintendent Brad Hunt said the committee is intended to take a comprehensive look at the needs of the district’s facilities, including new auxiliary buildings.  Hunt said this committee will be focused less on CISD’s growth and more on facilities in general. It will require a longer commitment than prior committees because the scope is going to be more broad, he said. view article arw