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Students in a Texas school district will be receiving free meals for the 2018-2019 school year. Galveston ISD announced Thursday morning that thanks to the Department of Agriculture's Community Provision program, the district would provide breakfast and lunch for students at no charge.  view article arw

Despite “feeling the crunch,” construction crews are making significant progress on the White Oak ISD bond project, the superintendent said during a board meeting Thursday. The $19 million bond project includes a new high school science wing, athletic field house, school roofs and primary, intermediate and middle school air handler systems. view article arw

Hallsville ISD’s new administration building, which will be in the soon to be renovated old primary school building on Willow Street in Hallsville, is set for completion in December. The almost 35,000 sq. ft. building’s asbestos abatement is complete and demolition and renovation has begun to turn the old Hallsville ISD primary school building’s classrooms into office space and meeting rooms, Hallsville ISD Maintenance Supervisor Ben Avedikian said Wednesday. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees approved contracts for several construction and renovation projects at its meeting Tuesday. The projects are being financed as part of the $426 million bond approved by voters in May and include a new $171 million high school, the sixth built within the district, as well as a $75 million renovation of Killeen High School. The board approved contracts for those projects with PBK Architects Inc. for fees of $8,024,000 and $3,540,000, respectively. view article arw

Construction crews have “made up some ground” at Henderson ISD’s football stadium. Trustees received an update on progress at the stadium at their board meeting Tuesday night. Superintendent Keith Boles said the district is in Phase 2 of Lions Stadium construction, which includes the installation of new bleachers and a press box. Phase 2 is funded by a $3.5 million gift by alumnus Grady Ash. view article arw

The Henderson ISD School Board took its first concrete step in moving the district’s administrative offices to the old Chamberlain Elementary school building Tuesday evening. “Alright folks,” said Board President Jamie Holmes after a lengthy discussion about the details. “We’ve been talking about this [move] for how many years? Ten? We’re now here at the decision time.” view article arw

McLennan County is looking to move a vote center in Precinct 2 before the November elections after reviewing security concerns, cost and accessibility issues. Commissioners on Wednesday approved a step toward relocating a voting location from G.W. Carver Middle School to Carver Park Baptist Church, 1020 E. Herring Avenue. The church is about a half mile away from the school. County leaders will work up an agreement with the church similar to one given to Lake Shore United Methodist Church in October. Carver Park Baptist Church will require up to $5,000 in work to come into compliance with federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards so it can be used as a vote center, County Judge Scott Felton said. view article arw

More than a million dollars in security improvements are about to made to Santa Fe High School. After 10 were killed in May, school board members say they're not done with improving safety ahead of the new year. By next month, panic buttons, locks inside of classrooms, and a remodeled front entrance will be found at Santa Fe High School. view article arw

While members of the Ector County Independent School District Bond Advisory Committee agree on the need for a tax ratification election and bond, no consensus was reached on whether to split the two or move forward with both. To continue the conversation, another meeting has been scheduled for July 16 at George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa, 300 E. 29th St. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6 p.m. view article arw

Decatur ISD trims bistro costs

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Decatur ISD officials recently met with representatives from architect, Claycomb, and construction manager at-risk, Steele and Freeman, to trim costs of the bistro planned for inside the high school library. Decatur School Board directed staff to cut the cost of the project at its June 18 meeting. At that meeting, George DeJohn of Claycomb said the cost of the bistro is currently at around $670,000 without additional professional fees. The May and June projections for the project were $550,000. view article arw

Alvord ISD OKs roof replacement

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Alvord school trustees recently approved a roof replacement project. The board approved a contract with Wade Mathews Roofing to replace the metal roof of the agriculture department’s barn. Superintendent Randy Brown said the roof was damaged in a hailstorm, and the repair will be paid for through the school’s insurance provider. view article arw

A Montessori school and new gas station with a retail center have been cleared for the next step toward development by Richwood City Council. No residents spoke during a public hearing on a proposed conditional use permit for a Montessori school in the 2000 block of FM 2004. Council now will consider approving the permit at its next meeting. view article arw

The White Oak ISD board of trustees will hear an update on the district’s ongoing bond project Thursday night. Jackson Construction and Huckabee Architects representatives will let board members know about their progress. The $19 million project includes a new high school science wing, athletic field house, school roofs and primary, intermediate and middle school air handler systems. view article arw

Plano ISD is currently accepting name suggestions for its new special education transition center. Thanks to approval from the voters, the district is set to open its newly named building in August to house its existing adult transition program for student 18-22 years old. According to the district website, the new building can be named in honor of any high achieving or extraordinary individuals in the community or Collin County. Facilities can be named after alumni, current or previously enrolled students, former employees, former trustees, district benefactors or previous superintendents. view article arw

The Sabine ISD swimming pool has been closed for repairs, but Superintendent Stacey Bryce said it will reopen today. Bryce said crews replaced a waterline that was leaking on the south end of the pool. The district will assess the pool’s needs in the winter, see how much it would cost to upgrade it and make a decision, he said. view article arw

Renovations are underway at two Burkburnett ISD campuses. Windows are being replaced at the middle school and high school along with other upgrades.  view article arw

At a time of year when city of Abilene and Taylor County leaders are developing financial plans for fiscal year 2019, the Abilene ISD dropped a big number Monday night. Its master facilities planning committee announced that the district's needs total more than $136 million. It has been five years since an $87.7 million bond that focused on 10 critical areas, including school security and safety improvements, was passed. view article arw

After months of planning and tumultuous town hall gatherings for parents and residents to weigh in, Fort Bend ISD administrators recently proposed a six-year plan totaling more than $1.7 billion to fund new schools, land for new schools, campus upgrades, repairs and expansions, security improvements, new computers, digital devices, classroom technology, hardware and network infrastructure, athletic and fine arts improvements, new school buses and a new bus terminal facility among other things. The list of possible projects also included $10 million for the district’s “green initiative” programs, according to agenda documents. view article arw

A committee created to study Abilene Independent School District facilities recommended $136.7 million in construction projects Monday. Presenting the findings of an eight-meeting, four-month process, the committee recommended replacing aging elementary facilities and creating a new campus specifically for the district's evolving career and technology education options. view article arw

My sincere congratulations to the Dallas ISD board of trustees for having the foresight to name the administration building after Linus D. Wright. The real benefit will be to the community for generations to come because when people see that name on the building they will probably do the research and find that someone who dedicated their life to education is being honored.  view article arw

Taxpayers in the Socorro Independent School District will see their tax rates rise in the upcoming year as the 2017 voter-approved bond is rolled out. Socorro's proposed tax rate is set to rise by about 10 cents, going from $1.27 to $1.38 per $100 valuation, due to the $448.5 million bond voters approved in November. The bond is funding brick-and-mortar projects like the reconstruction of Socorro High School and the construction of three new campuses in the Eastlake and Pebble Hills feeder patterns. view article arw

Sabine ISD Superintendent Stacey Bryce will update trustees Monday on the condition of the district’s swimming pool. Because of the cost of maintaining the decades-old pool, Gregg County turned the pool over the district several years ago, board president Tony Raymond said. view article arw

The Henderson ISD board of trustees on Tuesday will consider a change order for the Lions Stadium parking project. Superintendent Keith Boles recommends transferring approximately $33,000 from the press box contingency fund to excavate almost 1,100 cubic yards of land and add “select fill,” according to board background information. view article arw

Gilmer ISD trustees recently approved several services contracts for the district’s bond project and a resolution to sell some of the bonds, the superintendent said. Voters approved a $32.25 million bond package in May, which includes a new high school and a career and technology center. The multiyear project is set to start with asbestos abatement in mid-June 2019. Trustees hired Thacker-Davis Architects for architectural services in May, but a formal contract wasn’t approved until June. Superintendent Rick Albritton said trustees hired Brice Davis as the principal architect for the project. view article arw

With nearly 25,000 students currently enrolled and another 6,000 coming over the next five years, the Alvin ISD Citizens’ Advisory Committee was tasked with coming up with a solution to meet the educational needs of every student, while remaining mindful of any impact to taxpayers.  After months of investigation and study, nearly 100 community members provided a recommendation to the Alvin ISD Board of Trustees that, according to the co-chairs, will provide funds to construct campuses without raising taxes.  view article arw

New Diana ISD trustees will consider approving a price for its elementary expansion project when they meet Monday. view article arw

Volunteers were out early Saturday morning to tend the garden at a Lubbock ISD elementary school. Roscoe Wilson Elementary is expanding its Magic Garden, with help from some recent community support. Team Home Depot and volunteers from United Supermarkets donated time and money to build an outdoor classroom area and new flower beds, which will not only provide flowers, fruits and vegetables to study, but will also help attract butterflies and other pollinating insects. view article arw

Construction on John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools is well underway. Tyler ISD voters approved a $198 million bond proposal in May of last year for construction and remodeling projects at the schools. “You won't recognize John Tyler from the loop when we get done, and you certainly won't recognize Robert E. Lee either,” said Tim Loper, Director of Tyler ISD Facilities. view article arw

Two years ago, after months of controversy, the Houston Independent School District changed the names of eight schools named for people with ties to the Confederacy. Around the country, statues honoring prominent Confederates are being removed from public places, often over intense protests.  Two years ago, after months of controversy, the Houston Independent School District changed the names of eight schools named for people with ties to the Confederacy. Around the country, statues honoring prominent Confederates are being removed from public places, often over intense protests. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the sale of district-owned real estate in downtown Waco on Thursday. The vacant .11 acre property at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Ninth Street, 501 N. Ninth St., sold for $15,000 to the highest and only bidder, Jim Holmes. District officials at the meeting did not know whether the buyer is the same Jim Holmes as Waco City Councilman James “Jim” Holmes. view article arw

The Jacksonville ISD school board met Monday night to hold a budget workshop meeting for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. This was a preliminary meeting, according to an email from JISD PR Director Grace Traylor. Also in finance-related items, the board approved Robinson and Payne as external auditors for the 2017-18 financial audit. The board also received a construction update on the Tomato Bowl and Jacksonville High School's CTE Building. The projects are 31 percent and 17 percent through their timelines, respectively, according to the update. view article arw

Hyer Elementary School in University Park will transform from a one-story to a two-story building when it is rebuilt next year — a decision recently made months after some residents began protesting the possibility of it becoming three stories. Highland Park ISD's design and construction committee suggested architects go with a two-story design last week after months of meeting with community groups and neighbors, district spokesman Jon Dahlander said.  He said the committee saw the two-story building as the version that could "meet most of the objectives for the new Hyer." view article arw

An opening date for the McKinney ISD stadium and community event center remains unknown as investigations continue about cracks in the concrete at the stadium, according to a presentation during a MISD meeting Tuesday night. Cracks at the approximately $70 million stadium are located in the home concourse, visitor concourse and home and visitor concourse lower bowl wall. These areas were brought to the attention of Manhattan Construction and Stantec in January. view article arw

School administrators say the installation of vestibules, key cards and chain-linked fences at Seguin schools is a proactive effort to keep violence out of the schools. “It’s going to keep folks out and keep students in and help them have a safer environment," said Sean Hoffmann, executive director of communications for the Seguin Independent School District. view article arw

One of the fastest-growing school districts in Texas is building another school. Northwest ISD broke ground Wednesday on its newest elementary school. Northlake is one of 14 communities in the district, spanning three North Texas counties.  “That's who we are right now,” said Ryder Warren, Northwest ISD superintendent of schools. “And we don't see the growth stopping." The groundbreaking for Lance Thompson Elementary School drew crowds, not only school and public officials and the developers, but also neighbors. view article arw