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Valree E. Brailsford lived a live of service -- both to his country and community.  He was from a family of teachers and knew the value of an education, and his daughter, Karen Land, said he wanted everyone to have the same opportunity to learn.  "My dad just just saw people as people, he didn't really look at the color of the skin," she said. "And if and he just wanted people, just everybody to be on an equal footing.” view article arw

Valree E. Brailsford lived a live of service -- both to his country and community. He was from a family of teachers and knew the value of an education, and his daughter, Karen Land, said he wanted everyone to have the same opportunity to learn. view article arw

This week’s Bryan school board meeting included approving the basic designs of the new intermediate school and transportation and maintenance complex. The new buildings make up $85 million of the $175 million dollar bond package approved by voters earlier this month. Construction of the $30 million dollar transportation and maintenance complex is supposed to start next July. Construction of the new $55 million dollar school is supposed to start next August…at the site of the current transportation complex. Consultant Ron Bailey explained how the new school will be built while the current transportation facility is still being used. view article arw

The passage of a $94.2 million construction bond will allow Dickinson schools to undergo a major grade realignment in a few years. Approved in a 11,154-9,532 vote on Nov. 3, the bond package will fund construction of Dickinson ISD’s third junior high school, which will make possible realignment of grades in some schools to address growth and district goals. view article arw

After Pearland ISD’s voter-approval tax rate election failed, the district is left without the $10 million it would have received had the measure passed. While district officials were disappointed the measure failed, it is not surprising, Superintendent John Kelly said in an email. view article arw

Sabinal ISD eyes facility upgrades

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There are changes on the horizon for Sabinal Independent School District, including potential athletic facility upgrades, and improvements to the district’s Career and Technical Education Program by way of grant funding. The district is inching closer to building a new track and gym, following the board of trustees directive on Nov. 9 for Superintendent Richard Grill to begin the cost-analysis process. view article arw

Caldwell ISD students have some brand new facilities to learn in. The high school’s new Career and Technical Education Building is being dedicated this week. Monday night the district held a ribbon cutting and open house. The new CTE building includes additional classroom space, state-of-the-art culinary arts facilities, science labs, a floral design classroom area, ag rooms as well as space for medical field careers like CNA’s and EMT’s. “I tell you what it’s super, super exciting," said Vicki Ochs, Caldwell High School Principal. “Our students and then our staff I brought them out last week and just let them look around and it was like, ‘Look at this. Oh my goodness look at this.’ And when we walked to the culinary it was amazing.” view article arw

Richardson ISD board of trustees voted to approve emergency repairs at Audelia Creek Elementary School following a vehicle accident that occurred Nov. 15. A car struck the side of the building, causing substantial damage to a classroom, Superintendent Jeannie Stone said at a Nov. 16 board meeting. The district is working with structural engineers to determine the extent of the damage. view article arw

When first looking around and taking in the beautiful, brand new Arlington ISD Athletics Center basketball facility, one couldn’t help but think of a line from the movie Roadhouse. “I thought it’d be bigger.” view article arw

At the Nov. 10 Humble ISD school board meeting, a Texas-based contractor was chosen by HISD trustees to take on three major upcoming projects in Kingwood. At the district's recommendation, trustees unanimously approved Rogers O'Brien Construction to tackle $8.8 million in renovations at Kingwood High School, $30 million in flood barriers at Kingwood High School and $8.43 million in renovations to Kingwood Park High School. The items were approved in the consent agenda without discussion. view article arw

At the Nov. 10 Humble ISD school board meeting, a Texas-based contractor was chosen by HISD trustees to take on three major upcoming projects in Kingwood. At the district's recommendation, trustees unanimously approved Rogers O'Brien Construction to tackle $8.8 million in renovations at Kingwood High School, $30 million in flood barriers at Kingwood High School and $8.43 million in renovations to Kingwood Park High School. The items were approved in the consent agenda without discussion. view article arw

Bryan ISD is hoping future bonds will be less confusing on the ballot. The bond in last week’s election passed by only 273 votes. While the bond won’t raise the tax rate, state law required the proposition to include the phrase, “This is a property tax increase.” That had some voters choose no because of the wording. School leaders met with State Representatives John Raney and Kyle Kacal to see if the law can be addressed during the upcoming legislative session. view article arw

Bryan ISD is moving forward with $175 million in bond projects after voters narrowly approved it in the November Election Final numbers this week show the bond passed by only 273 votes. “I would say thank you and we’re really very excited to begin the work because not only are we taking care of our students and our teachers with the main projects in this bond but we’re also stimulating the local economy,” said Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Bryan ISD Superintendent. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — While ballots have not been certified yet for Wichita County, all ballots have been counted. And the WFISD Board of Trustees is moving forward with plans to build two new high schools.  Proposition B was to build recreational facilities for those schools and it failed by 1,000 votes. But, WFISD Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said the bond could be put back on the ballot in May.  Kuhrt said going back to voters and giving them more information could show why these brand new high schools will need facilities to go with them. view article arw

Unanticipated savings from under-budget bond projects will allow Humble ISD to soon rebuild North Belt Elementary School—a project not previously included in the $575 million bond referendum from 2018.  At the Nov. 10 HISD board of trustees meeting, Trustee Robert Sitton, who also serves as board president, said the bidding process for ongoing 2018 bond projects has allowed projects to come in below their original estimated costs. view article arw

This election year has many people left without nails. Another nail biter of a vote: The Bryan ISD $175 million bond. With nearly 34,000 votes cast, more than 17,000 voters approved the bond, bringing in 50.4% of the vote. Those in the against column were at 49.6% of the vote. The plus side of this bond? Bryan ISD was able to get the bond approved without raising the tax rate, which stays at $1.23. According to a press release from the school district, administrators will begin working on projects that are outlined in the bond. This includes safety and security measures, new construction, priority maintenance, Fine Arts improvements and land purchases. view article arw

Unanticipated savings from under-budget bond projects will allow Humble ISD to soon rebuild North Belt Elementary School—a project not previously included in the $575 million bond referendum from 2018. At the Nov. 10 HISD board of trustees meeting, Trustee Robert Sitton, who also serves as board president, said the bidding process for ongoing 2018 bond projects has allowed projects to come in below their original estimated costs. view article arw

Humble ISD broke ground on three projects: a North Transportation Center; a North Agricultural Science Center; and a new Kingwood Middle School campus, on Friday, Nov. 6.  Humble ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for the district’s new North Transportation Center, located at 24755 Ford Road.  The facility, measuring nearly 23,000 square feet, will be paired with the district’s existing transportation center, which is located further south, to promote operating efficiency and support additional growth.  The additional transportation center will save the district nearly $2 million per year on transportation costs through shorter routes and faster response times. view article arw

SAN ANGELO — A San Angelo ISD middle school named after the leader of the Confederate Army is one step closer to having a new name after the school board accepted several suggestions Monday.  The San Angelo ISD school board shared a list of suggested names Monday submitted by the community, nearly three weeks after approving the renaming of Robert E. Lee Middle School. Over 120 names were nominated, the majority during the past week.  view article arw

One of the fastest-growing school districts in Texas is concerned about keeping up with growth after four bond propositions and a tax rate proposal failed by large margins. The district blames a new state requirement to label the propositions as a tax increase. Many Texas school districts take issue with the new state requirement to label bond propositions as a tax increase because they believe it is confusing. Their argument is that in many cases, like in Northwest ISD, school districts would not need to increase the tax rate to pay for the bonds. view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School District published an online "thank you" note to local voters Tuesday night after two of its bonds passed.  The bonds called on voters to approve funding for improvements on SAISD campuses like remodeling and technology.  "A huge thank you to San Antonio voters who said 'Yes' on the SAISD Bond election Props A and B! With this support, every single school in our District will benefit, whether it’s updated classroom technology, new AC systems, upgraded security, or renovations," the district said Tuesday night.  The two propositions, totaling a $1.3 billion, was the most approved in San Antonio history, passing by a 2-1 margin. view article arw

Results are in for dozens of county, city and school elections held Tuesday in the Big Country, with area voters approving several major bonds, as well as almost all of the propositions up for consideration.  The largest of the bonds asked voters in Jim Ned CISD for $26 million for school construction, with more than 60 percent approving. Jim Ned CISD voters also approved a second bond request of $7.8 million to build a performing arts center for the district. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Prop A of the Wichita Falls Independent School District school bond that would build two brand new high schools in Wichita Falls, appears to be moving forward.  The $276 million bond will see the new high schools built by 2024.  “Up until the election results were released it was just a plan. Now it’s reality,” Elizabeth Yeager, WFISD school board president, said.  Two new high schools are to be built in Wichita Falls by 2024.  First, Superintendent Michael Kuhrt and the school board will put out requests for qualifications as they look for a construction manager. view article arw

On Thursday afternoon, construction continued at West Plains High School, the third high school in Canyon Independent School District, with the installation of one of the structural beams at the top of the building.   But this one will stand out among the rest of the numerous structural beams helping shape the exterior of the future high school.  view article arw

Voters in Northwest ISD failed to approve a change to the district tax rate along with four district bond referendums totaling $986.6 million.   Unofficial results indicate the district tax rate will not change from its current rate of $1.3055 to a new rate of $1.4663 per $100 valuation. A total of 34,647 votes, or 64.22%, were cast against the proposed rate change, compared to 19,304 votes in favor of the change.  "The need for the bond and voter-approved tax rate this November was a struggle from the very beginning," said Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren. "It was something we had to do. The bond was postponed from May. We would have had to go a year between elections, and we couldn’t without asking permission here in November because of our growth." view article arw

HALLSVILLE — Hallsville ISD taxpayers soon will see some big changes as more of the district’s $55 million bond project passed by voters in 2019 comes to fruition.  The bond, which included renovations and updates to Hallsville Junior High School, construction of a new West Elementary School off Page Road in Longview and construction of a new auditorium at Hallsville High School, is moving forward as planned and under budget, said Hallsville ISD Superintendent Jeff Collum.  Collum said most of the junior high updates and renovations have been completed.  “The junior high projects are approximately 95% complete,” he said. “Roads and parking near the stadium, specifically Bobcat Lane, are completed. Future parking lot areas will be addressed at a later time, to be determined by the board.”  Collum said not only have the projects managed to stay on a timely course, the district has managed to come in under budget. view article arw

Great job, Abilene. Though there remain those against changing the names of three Abilene ISD elementary schools, the district listened to the larger — and more vocal — group that asked for change. The request is nothing new, but 2020 brought forth these louder voices and a greater sense of urgency to doing the right thing. view article arw

Humble ISD held another morning of groundbreakings on Nov. 6. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the North Transportation Center, North Agricultural Science Center, and the new Kingwood Middle School. These locations are part of the $575 million 2018 bond program designed to build new schools, rebuild aging facilities, renovate and repair existing school facilities, and update technology and safety enhancements in Humble ISD according to their website. view article arw

In a 4-3 vote Nov. 5, the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees voted to name Middle School No. 7 Bohls Middle School, paying homage to one of the city's founding families. Following hundreds of submissions from PfISD community members during the fall, the final decision came down to Bohls Middle School and the proposed Carmel Middle School, in recognition of the area subdivision. view article arw

In an earlier update on this story, it was reported that Prop A has passed, while Prop B failed. These results were sent to our newsroom as “final” but not complete. Wichita County officials are still counting absentee and provisional ballots. view article arw

ROSENBERG, Texas – Of the important decisions voters from Lamar Consolidated ISD had to ponder Tuesday, perhaps the biggest came down to the bottom line. They brought their wallets and pocketbooks into the voting booth.  On the ballot were four propositions -- two related to education, infrastructure, and technology for district students -- two others related to athletics. Props A & D -- approved for $666.8 million. But Props B & C -- asking for more than $125 million for a second stadium and two new practice swimming pools -- a fail. view article arw

ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene ISD School Renaming Committee presented a list of 12 names for the school board to consider when renaming three elementary schools named after Confederate leaders.  Among the names is Sgt. Reuben Marcus Fernandez, a Cooper High graduate who was killed while serving in the Middle East. view article arw

A $12 million bond was approved by voters for maintenance and technology updates at Carthage ISD.   CARTHAGE, Texas — Two Carthage ISD bond propositions were approved by voters Tuesday during the general election. Both Proposition A and Proposition B passed with 60% approval.  Proposition A includes $9 million for maintenance improvements. Superintendent John Wink says the district will be performing a study to develop a 10-year master plan for projects. view article arw

A $12 million bond was approved by voters for maintenance and technology updates at Carthage ISD.   CARTHAGE, Texas — Two Carthage ISD bond propositions were approved by voters Tuesday during the general election. Both Proposition A and Proposition B passed with 60% approval.  Proposition A includes $9 million for maintenance improvements. Superintendent John Wink says the district will be performing a study to develop a 10-year master plan for projects. view article arw

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Canyon ISD board members met on Thursday at the site of the new West Plains High School for a beam signing ceremony.  West Plains High School will be located along Arden Road and Helium Road.  Mayor Ginger Nelson and Superintendent Darryl Flusche spoke about what this new school means for the community in terms of education and growth for its students. view article arw