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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The Bryan Independent School District is postponing its May 2 bond election until a later date.  The board of trustees voted to make the move at a special April 1 meeting. They didn't set a date for when the bond election will take place.  The district said they will wait for more direction from the Governor's office.  The district will remain closed until May 4, complying with Governor Greg Abbott's statewide order. view article arw

Austin ISD has continued construction related to school improvements and bond modernization efforts during the city of Austin and Travis County’s stay-at-home order because of education facilities’ statues as essential infrastructure.  According to a March 30 message by Nicole Conley, the district’s chief business and operations officer, active work sites are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Contractors are also being required to provide a coronavirus-related safety plan to the district, according to Conley. view article arw

In a short videoconference meeting held Monday night, Southside Independent School District board members named a finalist to succeed their retiring superintendent and voted to delay a bond election scheduled for May 2.  Board members named Valley View ISD Superintendent Rolando Ramirez to replace Mark Eads, who announced last November he would retire from his position. Eads was hired in May 2016, before the State announced plans to intervene in the district, installing an appointed board of managers.  Officials with the Texas Education Agency told the Southside ISD community that the district would begin transitioning back to elected governance no later than May 2020 with a fully elected board slated to govern the district in May 2022. view article arw

With votes being cast via webcam Monday, Bridgeport ISD trustees pushed back its bond election and school board election from May 2 to Nov. 3.  “Based on our current health situation with COVID-19, after the Wise County declaration of disaster, I feel like it’s appropriate to make the recommendation on the guidance to postpone the election,” Superintendent Brandon Peavey said.   Earlier in March, Wise County Elections Office elected not to contract with entities for voting equipment.  view article arw

The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to move an election, in which island voters would decide on $200 million in school bonds, to November as officials attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus by limiting public interaction.  The bond election initially was planned for May.  Multiple bond items include $185 million to build a new Ball High School, with separate smaller bonds for a new natatorium on the high school campus and improvements to Courville Stadium.  After much deliberation, the board decided in February to place the bond referenda on the May ballot but changed that decision Wednesday.  Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Trustee Dr. Matthew Hay announced he would resign his position. view article arw

Garrison ISD vote on hold

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The City of Appleby has opted to keep its momentum for a planned local option alcohol sales election, while a $12 million bond election in Garrison ISD has been canceled, according to the County Elections Office.  In a statement issued Wednesday, Garrison ISD announced the $12 million bond election, which would fund a new high school and multipurpose facility, is being postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the economy. view article arw

Marshall ISD trustees this past week unanimously approved work at the Marshall High School gymnasium that will mean an almost top-to-bottom renovation, Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson sai view article arw

Dallas ISD voted to approve a more than $23 million contract to build a new elementary school in the city’s Bonton neighborhood.  DISD trustees approved a contract to construct the new 85,198 square foot H.S Thompson Elementary school in conjunction with the bond program. view article arw

Marshall ISD trustees on Thursday unanimously approved renovation work at the Marshall High School gymnasium, that will see an almost top-to-bottom rehaul, Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said.  The approved bid for a total of up to $375,000 of work went to H2I Group out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. view article arw

NAVASOTA, Texas — The UIL has suspended all athletic activities until at least May 4 to counter the coronavirus outbreak, so Navasota ISD is using the down time to upgrade its athletic facilities.  Athletic Director Casey Dacus says Rattler Field is getting new turf for the first time since it opened in 2007. The track around the field is also being redone. The baseball and softball complex is transitioning from grass to turf. The basketball court is being refurbished and the school is adding eight, new, state-of-the-art tennis courts. view article arw

Carthage ISD trustees voted Monday to award a $297,346.63 to re-key several buildings across its district.  Locks will be re-keyed at Carthage High School, Baker-Koonce Intermediate School, Carthage Primary School, Libby Elementary School and a maintenance building.  The project falls under the district's capital improvement plan. The bid was awarded to A&A Building Specialties. view article arw

eorgetown ISD's bond projects—including the building of two new elementary schools—remain on schedule amid coronavirus concerns, David Biesheuvel, the district's executive director of construction and development, told Community Impact Newspaper in a March 23 email. "All construction projects are progressing as before with no interruptions or slow downs to date," Biesheuvel said. "At this time, there is no reason to believe the projects will be delayed." view article arw

North Lamar ISD trustees on Monday postponed both a bond election and school board election scheduled May 2 until the Nov. 3 general election, a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  North Lamar ISD has Sheila Daughtrey and Stephen “Red” Holmes up for reelection, along with challengers Chad Bird, Jack Hoskins Jr. and Clint Spencer, and it is looking at three separate proposals for a bond election, totaling $49 million. The package comes with a tax increase of 20.39 cents for a total tax rate of $1.1739 per $100 of property value. view article arw

For years, Plano students and artists have turned to neighboring cities to host their bigger productions because their own city lacked a venue of sufficient size.  All that will change with the opening of the new Plano ISD Fine Arts Center.  The $67.5 million facility is a dream several decades in the making, PISD Fine Arts Director Kathy Kuddes said.  “In the last 25 years,” Kuddes said, “there have been several conversations about locations and a facility that would meet this need, either built by the city or in a partnership with the district or in a partnership with several cities, ... and none of them have come to fruition.” view article arw

During swim season, Willis High School senior Jeremy Clark said he would commute every school day at 4:30 a.m. to the Conroe Aquatic Center for swim practice because his school lacks a natatorium. Clark, along with the rest of the swim team, would then drive back to WHS after practice to begin their school day. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The new Career Academy in Amarillo is pushing forward after designs for the school were approved today with a projected cost of $54.4 million.  “One of our goals, or one of our priorities, as a board we set back in August of 2019 was career and college military readiness,” says Robin Malone, president of Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees. “We wanted to make sure we were meeting the needs of all of our students.”  With the academy considering 11 different programs, Malone realizes that each student is on their own path. view article arw

Bridgeport ISD trustees Monday night unanimously approved an agreement with Claycomb Associates, the district's architecture firm that is tasked with facility improvements for the upcoming May bond election. view article arw

The first of many public meetings about the Gainesville Independent School District’s proposed $35.1 million bond election is Thursday, March 12.  The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Gainesville ISD Auditorium, 1201 S. Lindsay St., according to a news release from the district.  “This a great opportunity for our public to not only hear the items proposed in the bond program, but it is also an opportunity for their questions to be addressed,” Superintendent DesMontes Stewart said Tuesday, March 10, about the importance of attending one of the informational meetings. “It also provides our stakeholders with an opportunity to gain an understanding of where we are going as a school system.” view article arw

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees approved renovations for elementary schools in the district, combining efforts and scope of both their 2014 and 2019 bond projects.  The renovations were approved during the March 5 regular school board meeting following a work session meeting on March 2. Matt Morgan, assistant superintendent for facilities and construction, said renovations include projects from both the 2014 and 2019 bonds. view article arw

Major upgrades to Munson Stadium in Denison are being planned. At an information only meeting of the Denison ISD school board Denison entrepreneur Casey Shires gave a presentation about a $600,000 video board that could soon be placed at the stadium.  Denison Independent School District Superintendent Henry Scott said the school board will consider purchasing the video board at its March 24 meeting. The cost of the screen is roughly $600,000, however, with sponsors and a few business partners, the total cost to the district could be lower. view article arw

PETERSBURG, Texas - The future of "Buffalo nation" looking bright today as a small town, takes a big step. In 2016 Hale Wind Farm with Xcel energy made a deal with the town of Petersburg. 4 years later, the district has been able to take advantage of the revitalized local economy.  "You get these opportunities once in a lifetime. You have a wind farm like we have, you have that bond election that goes through. Those things come together and you can't pass that up," Superintendant Brian Bibb said. view article arw

An aquatic facility planned for the Round Rock school district could run with virtually no energy costs through an innovative system utilizing natural gas and steam.  During a district facilities and finance committee meeting last week, Chief Operating Officer Terry Worcester said he and his staff are in a “deep dive” into the aquatic facility that will include an innovative pool heating system.  Known as combined heat and power, or cogeneration, Worcester said the system could efficiently heat the pool while keeping energy costs close to zero. The process would have natural gas heating the pool water, creating steam that pushes turbines. The ensuing energy created through the turbines flows back into the power grid. view article arw

Hallsville ISD trustees found out Thursday that the district’s new West Elementary School is going to cost more than they expected. At a special called meeting, the board reviewed plans for the school that will be built at East Loop 281 and Page Road in Longview. view article arw

After board approval on Monday night, the Forney Independent School District (ISD) announced their four-year construction plan — calling for the construction of six new campuses and improvements to several other district facilities. The plan comes after Forney ISD district voters approved a monumental $623 million facilities bond in November 2019 at a rate of approximately 73-percent approval. The bond referendum, according to the district, was to address the district's ever-growing enrollment in one of Texas', and the nation's, fastest growing counties.

A question I have been asked by some community members is, “Why is the district holding a May 2020 election when (Burnet Consolidated Independent School District) recently had a November election?”  The simple answer is that, even though the November 2019 bond failed, the facility priorities identified in that bond still exist. Second, because of rising construction costs and inflation, the longer the district waits to complete facility improvement projects, the more expensive the projects will become. view article arw

A ceremony to mark construction on the Denton High School replacement campus has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. Friday. It was originally scheduled for Thursday. view article arw

With hundreds of homes projected to come into Venus and the surrounding area, the school district is finding ways to get a head of the growth.  The Venus ISD board of trustees recently approved the purchase of 170 acres of land, which is the second of three partials of land they wish to acquire. The other two partials of land are 25 and 17 acres and could be used for potential new campuses within the next few years, Superintendent James Hopper said.  view article arw

HALLSVILLE — The $55 million Hallsville ISD bond project voters approved in November is moving right along. The project includes plans for the district’s newest elementary school campus that will be constructed on land the district owns on the Harrison County side of Longview, off of Page Road and Loop 281.  The bond project also includes a new auditorium to be built at Hallsville High School, as well as updates to the junior high school and district roadways and drives. view article arw

The Decatur Intermediate School campus will close at the end of the school year as part of a district reorganization announced Friday.  The district’s sixth graders will move to McCarroll Middle School, and fifth graders will return to the Carson, Rann and Young elementary campuses.The announcement follows the district advertising for request for qualifications from architects. Decatur ISD Superintendent Joseph Coburn said there are not immediate plans for the campus. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District school board agreed Thursday night to move forward with an initial design plan for the new Paul Tyson Field that would cost about $9.5 million.  The relocation and redesign of Paul Tyson Field is part of a project among the school district, the city of Waco and McLennan County to redevelop the area the entities own around the Extraco Events Center compex at a total estimated cost of $40 million. view article arw

SAN ANGELO, TX -- Students and faculty in the Grape Creek Independent School District joined several community members to officially break ground on phase four of a major upgrade to the aging elementary school Thursday afternoon.   According to Grape Creek ISD superintendent Angie Smetana, the district held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the final phase of the 2018 bond project.   The final phase of the 2018 bond project is to completely upgrade the decades old elementary school facility.  view article arw

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) — News of school violence is becoming all too familiar for viewers these days as we enter a generation where parents are growing more concerned about sending their students to school.  With each press conference we often hear words of encouragement from school staff, assuring parents and the rest of the public about measures taken to ensure safety.  How much can the design of a school impact its safety? view article arw

Building a career and technical education high school in the Abilene Independent School District now will cost $38.1 million. District trustees approved the price Wednesday, in a 4-1 vote, after administrators finished lengthy negotiations with Fort Worth-based Sedalco Inc. to build the new school on Loop 322 near Texas State Technical College. view article arw

Alto ISD begins rebuilding

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Alto Independent School District last week officially got the ball rolling on the district’s rebuilding process.  AISD trustees this month approved selling the $10.5 million bond the district’s voters approved in November 2019 and are making headway on plans for the construction of a new high school building, district gymnasium, increased safety and security, parking lot improvements and upgraded utility infrastructure.  “Alto ISD moved one step closer to making our new high school and gymnasium a reality with the sale of our bonds,” AISD Superintendent Kelly West posted on the district’s Facebook page on Tuesday, Feb. 18.   (02/28) view article arw

Bradfield Elementary parents, spring break could bring some lasting relief from the traffic turmoil faced while dropping off and picking up your children.  Highland Park town officials plan to use the March 16 to 20 break from classes to paint curbs and install the signs needed to expand no parking zones, prohibit some right turns, and make more of Southern Avenue one-way.  They expect the changes to improve safety for students and ease frustration for motorists when school resumes on March 23.  “We feel confident this is going to make a huge difference,” said Lori Chapin, director of engineering. view article arw