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A proposed redesign for Bradfield Elementary School, developed during a peer review process with a classical architect from Houston, would cost an additional $754,000 to build, according to Highland Park ISD. That's $354,000 more than district leaders are willing to spend. Instead, the district will seek approval for design changes costing $399,000 more. The plan keeps a much-discussed colonnade in front of the entry courtyard and forgoes changes to a tower, but modifies window designs throughout the school and incorporates quatrefoils and more brick into the design. view article arw

McKinney ISD will begin civil work for fine arts expansions at McKinney Boyd High School, Evans Middle School and Cockrill Middle School. Work is expected to begin when the 2017-18 school year ends and be complete by the first day of the 2018-19 school year Aug. 20, said Greg Suttle, executive director of facilities, services and construction. During Tuesday’s MISD board meeting, the board approved the civil package of these projects totaling approximately $1.64 million.  view article arw

A facility referred to by Longview officials to help residents understand the size of a Dollar General Corp. distribution center they were working to attract now provides another comparison — of how such a project can benefit a school district. To make this one, Longview ISD can look to the Target distribution center in Lindale — a project the Longview area fought for years ago and lost to its neighbors to the west. It grew that school district’s total taxable value to $1.06 billion from $333 million — a $723 million increase, or an annual growth rate of 12.2 percent. view article arw

The Premont Independent School District held a groundbreaking today for its new Ernest H. Singleton Premont Early College Academy  and a ceremony celebrating its educational alliance with Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The new school is named on behalf of former superintendent Ernest H. Singleton, who served from June 2011 to May 2013. During Singleton's tenure, Premont ISD and A&M-Kingsville formed an alliance with the goal of helping the district secure stronger educational and financial footing in order to avoid closure. view article arw

8:38 p.m.: Board President Hager says that's the end of public comment and members are welcome to stay for the rest of the meeting if they'd like.  8:36 p.m.: John Franzen says in 50 years there will be a plaque with Robert E. Lee's name on it and your name on it. Are you OK with that? I wouldn't be. You're telling me there's not two other people from this town, from this state, who don't deserve to be on the school? Please put it back on the agenda.  view article arw

GILMER — A new Gilmer High School will open for the 2020-21 school year under a construction plan unveiled to school trustees Monday, shortly before they agreed to hire Thacker/Davis Architects to guide a project approved by voters on May 5.  The timeline presented by architect Bryce Davis, who will be the board’s liaison throughout the multiyear project, includes tearing down the existing high school once students leave for summer break in June 2019. view article arw

A recount in Dripping Springs ISD’s (DSISD) $132 million bond referendum showed its initial approval will stand, according to results released earlier this week. DSISD’s bond was initially approved in a slim 31 vote margin at the May 5 election, indicating a community heavily split on the bond’s intent to help accommodate a growing school district. According view article arw

Administrators on Thursday recommended Houston ISD seek voter approval for a $1.7 billion capital projects bond in May 2019, charging forward with long-term spending plans even as the district faces uncertainty about its leadership and ability to maintain local control over decision-making. District leaders said the $1.7 billion bond would finance much-needed rebuilding of 18 existing elementary and middle schools, construction of three new campuses, security upgrades at all 280-plus schools and the purchase of new buses, among other costs.  view article arw

The Conroe Independent School District is well on its way to closing the book on its 2015 $487 million bond referendum, which resulted in a handful of new campuses and an abundance of renovations to existing schools. District officials broke ground on the two campuses earlier this year, including “Flex 19,” which is a “prototype” kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school located in Harper’s Preserve, and a junior high school located at Beach Airport Road in northeast Conroe. The estimated budgets for these schools are $29 million and $58.3 million, respectively, according to the final Conroe ISD bond referendum on the district’s website. view article arw

Two Beaumont families are asking for recognition at the schools once named for their ancestors amid a revived debate over the name of BISD's football stadium. The district has made no move to address the names but heard several suggestions in public comments made last week at a board meeting.  "If a renaming plan emerges that has broad-based support among all racial and ethnic groups, I would recommend that the board support it," Superintendent John Frossard said. "However, until such a plan emerges, I will continue to advise the board that we don't want to get sidetracked from our focus by divisive issues." view article arw

Discussion of a potential 2018 bond and changes to human sexuality education for middle schoolers were two key topics Pflugerville ISD board of trustees discussed Thursday night before schools enter summer vacation and administrators plan for the 2018-19 academic year. Here are four main takeaways. view article arw

The discussion about changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School is over, according to Tyler ISD's school board. view article arw

Mellisa Brown, who recently lost her bid for Killeen City Council, has announced she plans to file a grievance with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over voters' passing of Killeen ISD's two-pronged $426 million bond proposal during the May 5 election. In an email, Brown argued Killeen ISD "willfully misled and manipulated voters." She claimed the district was not forthcoming about its finances and influenced taxpayers through "fear and emotion." She also referenced a concern that was reported by the Killeen Daily Herald, which claimed Killeen ISD school board member Carlyle Walton had, at least previously, been associated with the Killeen Business League, which the newspaper claimed made a $12,500 donation to a pro-bond PAC while Walton was a trustee. view article arw

More than 60 percent of Wimberley ISD voters May 5 gave the green light to a $45.5 million bond package that includes construction of a new primary school campus. The referendum, which was approved with 67 percent of the 2,520 voters who took part in the election, also includes a $.065 ad valorem tax increase view article arw

Rev. Fritz Hager, Jr., president of the Tyler ISD school board trustees, sent the following statement on Thursday evening. view article arw

Belton ISD is adding a new high school to help with overcrowding. Students, community members and school district officials helped break ground on the new high school. "Lake Belton High School will open in the fall 2020, so its a 26-month construction project," says Belton ISD Board of Trustees President Randy Pittenger. "They are ready to begin right now. We approved the contract on Monday, so they are ready to go." view article arw

Friday morning, Waxahachie ISD trustees and administrators hosted a dedication ceremony at the Ninth Grade Academy to honor Billy R. Hancock. view article arw

A 35,000-square-foot indoor park that includes a climbing wall, elevated ropes course and a “warrior route” modeled after the TV show “American Ninja Warrior” opens this month at 3838 Fairway Plaza Drive in Pasadena. Urban Air Adventure Park, which is near the intersection of Vista Road and Sam Houston Tollway, also will be the scene of dodgeball and basketball games held on a giant trampoline. Based in a sprawling building that once housed a soccer club, the company will host its grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26. view article arw

Administrators on Thursday recommended Houston ISD seek voter approval for a $1.7 billion capital projects bond in May 2019, charging forward with long-term spending plans even as the district faces uncertainty about its leadership and ability to maintain local control over decision-making.  District leaders said the $1.7 billion bond would finance much-needed rebuilding of 18 existing elementary and middle schools, construction of three new campuses, security upgrades at all 280-plus schools and the purchase of new buses, among other costs. HISD administrators said it was unclear whether the proposed bond package would result in a tax increase, saying they will have a better idea when the Harris County Appraisal District finalizes property values in August. view article arw

Houston ISD administrators now are eyeing May 2019 for a capital projects bond vote after they initially floated the possibility of an election this November.  District officials are expected to propose details about a potential bond package at a special meeting Thursday morning. Residents in HISD last voted on a bond in 2012, when two-thirds of voters approved a $1.89 billion package. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved the location of 10 additional classrooms at Vickery Elementary. The 10-classroom addition was part of the $737.6 million bond from 2017, but at the time of the bond election it was unclear which campus would receive the additions. The classrooms are meant to address the additional students that will be coming from Hedrick Elementary School, which will be retired in 2019. view article arw

The Tyler ISD Board of Trustees may take action on the name of Robert E. Lee High School in its June meeting. Board President Fritz Hager said he intends to place an action item on the agenda for the June 7 board workshop meeting. The meeting will be scheduled in the evening and include public comment. view article arw

Almost two weeks after the biggest bond in Dripping Springs ISD's history was narrowly passed, the district held a recount of the votes. view article arw

The San Angelo Independent School District Board of Trustees canvassed the votes from the Proposition A, the request of the voters to approve pursuing a $148.9 million bond to pay for facility improvements Monday evening, May 14 at the San Angelo ISD administration building. The bond election failed to approve allowing the district to borrow the money, and paying for the ensuing infrastructure projects promised, by just two votes. Board members accepted the results, 3,051 votes against to 3,049 votes in favor without comment. view article arw

A multimillion-dollar construction program in the Killeen Independent School District has been officially confirmed. Results of the May 5 bond and Board of Trustees elections were canvassed at a special board meeting Tuesday at the district administration building. In total, 6,580 ballots were cast in KISD elections. Trustees approved ballot numbers from all KISD precincts as provided by Special Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent Kirk Thomas. view article arw

On April 14, the Carroll ISD board of trustees approved a contract with Hellas Construction, Inc. for the Carroll ISD Turf and Track Multi-Campus Project with a cost not to exceed $8,768,605. The contract includes artificial turf installation, track renovations and other related items as part of the 2017 bond project at Carroll Sr. High, Carroll High, Carroll Middle, Dawson Middle and Dragon Stadium. Staff said officials have met with four companies known for their turf and track products and services. The team, including the coaching staff, engaged with LPA Architects to design the needs for this project. view article arw

During a workshop meeting Monday, May 14, the Tomball ISD board of trustees heard a presentation from Chief Financial Officer Jim Ross on projects funded by the $275 million bond referendum, which was approved by voters in November 2017. Ross said the district sold its first round of bonds in January, totaling $150 million, which allows construction to begin on a number of projects. The district will look to sell the remaining $125 million in bonds in January 2020 to provide funding for a second phase of projects. Selling the bonds in two phases allows the district to hold its debt service tax rate at 30 cents, Ross said. view article arw

The Belton Independent School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Lake Belton High School this Thursday. This comes after the district's Board of Trustees approved a $106M contract for the construction of the school on Monday night. The school will be the district’s second comprehensive high school. Students will unveil the school’s official logo designs, which will incorporate the Broncos mascot. view article arw

Crews will begin construction this summer for a parent drive addition to Decker Prairie Elementary School, located at 27427 Decker Prairie Rosehill Road, Magnolia, after months of community members expressing safety concerns, said Jim Ross, Tomball ISD chief financial officer. Ross presented design plans for Decker Prairie to the TISD board of trustees during a workshop meeting on Monday. The project will add a 20- to 25-foot driveway behind the elementary school to reroute vehicles awaiting student dismissal in the afternoons. Currently, the afternoon school traffic lines Decker Prairie Rosehill Road, causing safety concerns, Ross said. He said he estimates the drive addition—which will be gated off for the majority of the day—will fit about 60 vehicles at a time. view article arw

The Hudson ISD Board of Trustees will elect new officers during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Hudson ISD Board Room at 6735 Ted Trout Drive. view article arw

After months of outpouring support, a Fort Bend ISD elementary school is saved, for now. Barrington Place Elementary School is home to hundreds of students and parents who were concerned about their school's future. Fort Bend ISD Master Plan had plans to re-purpose the school, but parents decided to speak up at a school board meeting held Monday night. Hundreds of angry parents from Barrington Elementary attended the Fort Bend County school board workshop to voice their opinions. view article arw

Tyler ISD board discusses costs of, opinions on name change for high schools view article arw

The final word is in from the May 5 election, and it’s a sigh of relief for two school districts. Mildred ISD, which tried to pass a three-tier bond package, did receive two more votes in the “For” category regarding Proposition A. While the initial results indicated a perfect tie, mail-in ballots broke that tie and put the win in the “For” box, with 212 against, and 214 for the bond.  Dawson ISD had a one-vote difference for its bond package after initial results, and after tabulating mail-in ballots, had a final result of 130 against, and 132 for the bond. view article arw

San Angelo ISD’s $149 million bond referendum failed after all.  On Election Day, May 5, unofficial results indicated it had passed by three votes. However, final results released Monday by the Tom Green County Elections Office showed it failing by two votes.   Of the 6,100 residents who voted in the election, 3,051 (50.02 percent) voted against the bond, compared to 3,049 (49.98 percent) who voted in favor. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees spoke about a proposed next step in the process of the recently approved $75 million bond in its work session Tuesday morning.   The bond, approved by voters on May 5, will go toward rebuilding the middle school, and building a multipurpose facility and softball/baseball fields on the high school campus. view article arw