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Business at the June College Station ISD school board meeting included moving ahead with two career and technical education (CTE) department projects being paid from last November’s voter approved bond issue. CSISD facilities director Jon Hall’s recommendation was approved to use a construction manager at risk (CMAR) for the first phase of the district’s $6.2 million dollar CTE “Ag Barn” building. The location for the stand alone structure is still being discussed. The board also approved spending $270,500 dollars to install CTE canopies this summer at Consolidated and College Station High Schools. view article arw

Under blues skies and the sound of train horns sounding occasion sounding to the south on a still morning, a covering was pulled skyward Wednesday to reveal the Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health. The school faces south at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in northeast Abilene. view article arw

BROWNFIELD, Texas (KCBD) - In most places, spring break is normally spent at the beach or on a road trip. In Brownfield, that week was spent moving into a brand new high school. “The whole process was a challenge,” said Chris Smith, Brownfield ISD superintendent. “We actually broke ground in January of 2020. Of course, we all know what happened in March of 2020, and so the challenge kind of took hold right from the beginning, but with dedication of the workers and our community coming together, we were able to get it done, and get moved in two years.” Not only is the building and everything inside new, there’s also a ‘new attitude’ and culture inside the walls. “We’ve been able to do some great things academically. We’ve got garnered some recognition for the gains that we’ve made and the programming that we have,” Smith said. view article arw

College Station ISD school board members are looking to asking voters again to approve a bond issue that failed last November. Most of the $5.5 million dollar request would go towards renovating and expanding the Consolidated High School field house, in part to put their sports medicine services on par with College Station High School. During the June CSISD board meeting, members reviewed the results of a telephone survey that was conducted for the district last month. A spokesman for the survey of 300 CSISD voters provided two takeaways about the chances of the bond issue passing: view article arw

CROCKETT – Finance and nominations for the 2022 Ring of Honor were the main points of discussion on Tuesday, June 21 at the Crockett ISD Board of Trustees regular meeting. After the call to order, pledge of allegiance and a prayer by board member Stephen Tuggle, the Board heard public comments focused on concerns about Crockett ISD investments given the volatile economy. As the business portion of meeting began, the Board approved the consent agenda for the night and heard a report from CISD Superintendent John Emerich. He explained the district has received fuel bids but cautioned there could be fluctuations in the gas prices the district pays. “That’s how it is every year; that’s how those bids work. Obviously, if we were to lock in a price and the price goes up another $5 a gallon, there’s no way someone could afford to give us the gas at a price like that,” the superintendent said. view article arw

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Edna Independent School District, Texas' (ISD or the district) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'AA-', and has affirmed the 'AA-' rating on approximately $17 million in outstanding unlimited tax (ULT) bonds. view article arw

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Longview Superintendent James Wilcox about a property purchase that nearly doubles the size of the Longview High School campus. view article arw

The Friendswood ISD board of trustees approved designs for renovations and construction on Windsong Intermediate, Bales Intermediate and Westwood Elementary schools at its June 13 meeting. PBK Architects presented the designs to the board at the meeting. The board approved these designs unanimously, although Trustee Ralph Hobratschk was absent from the meeting. “[The designs] met our criteria of additional classrooms at each campus in the most efficient manner possible given the increasing costs in construction,” FISD board President Tony Hopkins said in an emailed statement from the district. view article arw

Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AAA' rating based on the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) guaranty and a 'AA+' underlying rating to the following Tyler Independent School District (ISD), TX unlimited tax (ULT) bonds: view article arw

Amarillo Independent School District met on Monday to discuss their budget, a potential shoring project for Austin Middle School, and designating funds for capital projects. The board voted unanimously to approve their budget for the 2022/2023 fiscal year. As we reported last week, the budget includes an increase in funding for central administration and instructional support and a decrease in funding for instruction, district operations, debt service, and “other.” The largest change is within the “Other” category, with just under $17 million less being spent on the “facilities acquisition and construction” subcategory. view article arw

Fitch Ratings - San Francisco - 22 Jun 2022: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Mabank Independent School District, Texas' (ISD or the district) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'AA', and has affirmed the underlying 'AA' rating on approximately $34 million in outstanding unlimited tax (ULT) bonds. The outstanding bonds are also rated 'AAA' based on the enhancement provided from the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) bond guarantee program. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Tuesday night, the Austin Independent School District board could hear details about what could be the biggest bond proposal it has ever put before voters. In 2017, voters approved a billion-dollar bond to upgrade Austin schools. At the time, that was biggest bond the school district asked voters to approve. This time, the 2022 bond proposal would ask voters in November to approve $1.5 billion to help secure schools. AISD’s chief of operations, said the $1.5 billion request would not increase the tax rate. view article arw

Construction is underway in Academy ISD for a new high school — a campus that is being financed with approximately $60 million in 2021 bond funding. The facility, designed by Claycomb Associates and managed by Weaver & Jacobs Construction, is being built on an 80-acre property at 1000 N. State Highway 95 that the district purchased last year. view article arw

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Longview ISD Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox about a special meeting held Monday. The special session approved purchasing property for future use. “It will be used for additional use of the district in the future. We don’t have a plan for it right now, it’ll be for future use of the district,” said Wilcox. The property in question is north of Longview High School. view article arw

Burton ISD has created a video series for residents and taxpayers to learn more about the progress of the bond project. The first of the bond update question and answer sessions, posted last week on the Burton Bond Info YouTube channel, provides a general overview of where the school district is at in the bond process and answers questions including what the construction timeline looks like and which buildings will be prioritized. Superintendent Dr. Edna Kennedy said new buildings will precede the renovation of existing facilities. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo Independent School District School Board is looking at the next steps on how to move forward when it comes to repairs and renovations at Austin Middle School after “Proposition A” failed in May. Center City receives Main Street America accreditation 20 years in a row One of those solutions going under consideration is a shoring project. Shoring refers to the process of supporting a structure or building temporarily with props. Monday, the school board heard a presentation from Corgan and Supportworks, Inc on their SmartJack System. AISD School Board President Kimberly Anderson said this SmartJack System will help support the foundation and buy the board a few more years as they consider all options for a permanent solution going forward. Anderson added the board engaged in the idea of shoring before Prop A, just to make the building secure and safe for students moving forward. view article arw

Belton ISD school board trustees on Monday authorized the issuance and sale of up to $173.8 million in unlimited tax school building bonds for projects voters approved in May. The agenda item — passing 5-0 with Belton ISD school board president Jeff Norwood and trustee at-large Janet Leigh both absent — gave Belton ISD Superintendent Matt Smith and Chief Financial Officer Melissa Lafferty the authority to approve these sales on the trustees’ behalf at a later date. “It’s called delegation pricing. It’s what we’ve done in the past,” Jennifer Ritter, a financial advisor for Belton ISD, told trustees during a regular meeting on Monday. “The reason being for that is that the markets move daily. Your board meeting date might not be the best date to price on the market … so having the authority to go out and price on a non-meeting date gives us the best flexibility.” view article arw

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees will decide later this summer whether to include a bond package on the ballot in November. A bond allows the school district to borrow money to cover the cost of capital expenditures, such as updating facilities, improving technology and buying new buses. The 2022 bond program may also address a growing crisis in Austin: the lack of affordable housing. view article arw

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead for the addition and renovations of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center during it board meeting on Monday, June 13. The board approved a guaranteed maximum price proposal of $22,138,606, though the real cost will be closer to $25 million, officials stated during the three-plus hour meeting. The cost for the expansion and construction, part of a $691 million bond passed in 2018, saw an increase over the original estimated price tag of $21 million due to an increase in construction material costs. The work will be done by Crossland Construction, which is based out of Columbus, Kansas, but has a local office in Prosper. Huckabee Architects, from Fort Worth, presented the working design during the January school board meeting. The concept drawings were again viewed and discussed at this meeting. view article arw

SAN ANGELO, TX — For almost a year, parents with the Wall Education Foundation have worked towards raising enough money to install stadium-sale lighting at the Wall ISD baseball fields. Wall High School is among the few 2A schools in west Texas that does not have lights at its baseball field.This limits the playing and practicing opportunities especially on days when sunset is earlier in the day. UIL baseball season spans from January until June each year. Parents and supporters decided to forego having the public school district (and tax dollars) pay for the lights and instead embarked on a number of fundraisers, culminating with a clay bird shooting contest Saturday. Fundraisers on Saturday said they needed about $60,000 to exceed their goal of $250,000 for the installation of the field lighting, view article arw

JEFFERSON — Jefferson ISD fans will see some major updates to the district’s W.F. Lockett Bulldog Stadium when the new school year begins in August. Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said the district’s about $4 million update project at the stadium is currently underway. The stadium, which is located at 1199 N. Cass St. in Jefferson, is currently receiving a host of new updates that will fans and students will notice as soon as they begin approaching the facility. “We are updating the press box, stadium lighting, fencing, re-turfing the field, and installing a new parking lot,” Barnwell said. “We had a lot of drainage issues on the playing surface, and it was going to cost a significant amount of money to address it even if we left it as natural grass. We believe it was past due regarding the timing of upgrading the field, so we thought it would be best to go ahead and install artificial turf.” view article arw

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- LeRoy Castro was the Alvin Junior High School principal when he passed away from COVID in November 2020. In December 2020, the Alvin ISD Board of Trustees voted to name a new school in his honor. A year and a half later, his widow, Amy Castro, is asking the district not to move forward with that plan. She went before the board of trustees with her request on Tuesday evening. "I am Amy Castro, I am LeRoy's widow, and I am here to notify the board that our family does not permit the district to use LeRoy's name, likeness or signature for anything, including the naming of Junior High No. 9," Amy said to open her time at the board meeting. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lake Travis ISD had a meeting Wednesday to discuss the $700 million bond package for three new schools and other improvements to the district’s facilities. This item was not voted on during the meeting, but a cost breakdown that included the new schools was presented: New High School – $236,430,617 New Elementary School #8 – $50,917,526 New Elementary School #9 – $55,517,521 The remainder of the proposed bond package expenses includes Lake Travis High School additions and upgrades, campus and district renovations and improvements, facilities condition assessment projects, technology and land. In May, LTISD discussed authorizing contracts for the new schools, two lots in Dripping Springs and one with a Spicewood address. However, this was not discussed further in the meeting. view article arw

During Monday’s Burton School Board meeting, Reliance Architecture President Antonio Naylor told trustees that in order to save money as construction costs rise, he is proposing the new band hall become part of the planned additions at the high school. Previously, the design called for the elementary school gym to be converted into a band hall. Naylor said choosing to build a new band hall instead of renovating the gym would save Burton ISD $200,000 and result in a better facility, as it would be built from the ground up for that particular purpose. He said the district could continue using the elementary gym as is, but there are other options. view article arw

The Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission was to hear a replat request from the Frisco Independent School District in the Frisco Crossing II addition during Tuesday night's meeting. According to meeting notes, the purpose of the replat is to dedicate right-of-way for Cypert Lane and new easements for the new Minett Elementary The school is located on two lots on 12 acres on the northeast corner of Peyton Abbey Road and Rockhill Parkway. The recommendation to the commission was to approve. view article arw

Klein ISD has officially begun work its nearly $900 million bond program approved by voters May 7 following board approval for project initiation on the district's first three bond projects June 13. Among the first 2022 bond projects to begin are the comprehensive renovations of both Hildebrandt Intermediate and Northampton Elementary schools, which are among the eight campuses identified districtwide as being more than 50 years old and in need of modernization. Additional campuses that will be fully renovated as part of the 2022 bond program include Epps Island, Greenwood Forest, Haude and Theiss elementary schools as well as Strack and Wunderlich Intermediate schools. view article arw

The Northwest ISD board of trustees approved the purchase of a new warehouse, which will help the district accommodate its substantial growth. At its June 13 meeting, the board approved the purchase agreement as part of the consent agenda. The warehouse facility is located in 114 Industrial LLC in Rhome, according to the building’s assessment. The 33,500-square-foot facility will be purchased along with 5.05 acres of land located to the west of the facility and north of Highway 114 in Wise County, the agenda item’s memo states. In total, the facility and land will cost $4.1 million and be funded out of the district’s 2021 bond program. “This facility will relieve the enormous stress on our current warehouse and storage containers that does not properly equip the district for receiving and storage of materials to support the rapid growth of NISD,” the memo states. Northwest ISD is the fastest-growing school district in North Texas. According to a demographer’s report at the Northwest ISD board of trustees May 23 meeting, the district is projected to add 2,542 more students next school year. view article arw

Frisco ISD trustees approved a guaranteed maximum price of $22.19 million for a construction project that will expand and renovate the district’s Career and Technical Education Center.  Trustees approved the price during their June 13 board meeting. Staff said in the presentation to the board that the original 2018 bond price was $21 million. Escalated construction costs and building materials contributed to the increased price tag, as well as changes made to increase the student capacity that the facility can accommodate, staff said. Principal Architect with Huckabee Andre Brackens said the firm worked “diligently” with Crossland Construction to help lessen the effects of construction cost escalation and material shortages, according to FISD meeting documents. view article arw

The Northwest ISD board of trustees approved the purchase of a new warehouse, which will help the district accommodate its substantial growth. At its June 13 meeting, the board approved the purchase agreement as part of the consent agenda. The warehouse facility is located in 114 Industrial LLC in Rhome, according to the building’s assessment. The 33,500-square-foot facility will be purchased along with 5.05 acres of land located to the west of the facility and north of Highway 114 in Wise County, the agenda item’s memo states. In total, the facility and land will cost $4.1 million and be funded out of the district’s 2021 bond program. view article arw

McAllen ISD board trustees may reconsider their $4 million commitment to the Quinta Mazatlan expansion project. Two trustees said at a budget workshop Monday that they thought the decision should be revisited and one said, given the district’s current budgetary struggles, he’d oppose the commitment this time around. Made possible through federal ESSER funds, that commitment was billed as a way to capitalize on university-level collaboration that is part of the project. “When the city of McAllen and UTRGV approached the school district it was a unanimous decision to invest and support the project by the entire board,” Board President Tony Forina wrote Tuesday. “As the months have come and the financial waters begin to clear up, there are members of the board that are now second guessing their initial vote. Overall we want what’s best for MISD, the city of McAllen and our region, not only today but into the future as well.” Anticipated to cost about $34.5 million, the city commission rejected a sole bid of $59.846 million in April, hoping to find some cost-savings measures. view article arw

The Colony Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to consider a site plan amendment for an additional driveway that would streamline traffic flow from Lebanon Road to Little Elm ISD's Lowell H. Strike Middle School, which is located in The Colony. According to a city staff analysis, the requested amendment would dedicate the new driveway to car traffic. The northern driveway on Scotty's Lake Lane will be specially reserved for school buses, while the street's southernmost entry will be reserved for emergency personnel access. This driveway construction, city documents say, would reduce the number of parking spaces in the school from 298 to 289, with parking demand for the facility being at 88. If approved by The Colony Planning and Zoning Commission, this site plan amendment will be sent to The Colony City Council for final consideration. view article arw

Farmersville Independent School District Superintendent Micheal French has offered a stern vow in the wake of the Uvalde school massacre that killed 19 children and two teachers two weeks ago. “We aren’t going to wait 80 minutes,” French declared in describing a scene he hopes never presents itself in Farmersville, referring to the intense criticism related to the delay in sending officers to engage the shooter. “We’re going in as soon as the second cop arrives,” he said in response to the criticism of law enforcement over its delay in confronting the shooter who on May 24 killed the victims in Uvalde. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- There's no real pitcher's mound at Kashmere High School's baseball facility. The entire field is overrun with green grass and the only specks of brown dirt are around the four bases and base paths, where the grass isn't as vibrant from players trampling over it while running from base to base. Across town, at Worthing High School, the baseball field is riddled with holes from portable buildings that were on top of it while the campus was being rebuilt as part of 2012 bond renovations. view article arw

Belton ISD Superintendent Matt Smith is a firm believer that appropriate measures were taken to inform stakeholders about the district’s $173.8 million bond package prior to the May 7 special election — a message he voiced after a group of parents accused Belton ISD of electioneering. These stakeholders insist that the district violated Section 255.003 (a) of the Texas Election Code by using school resources to advocate for a position in its multi-proposition bond package. However, state agencies — including the Texas Education Agency — contacted about the matter said no complaints had been filed that would have caused an investigation to be opened.  Some Belton ISD residents are concerned about the district’s bond information efforts after a Twitter post highlighted an email by Smith.  “These are significant developments that could lead to an investigation of BISD,” Belton resident Gregory Daniel said in an email to the Telegram. “BISD is considered by me a major employer and community stakeholder. Citizens in the community allege and call for TEA (to investigate) with a national public figure tweeting about it.” view article arw

Multiple Bryan campuses will see new leadership in the coming school year, but they are not all new faces to the school district. The Bryan school board approved Kim Guess as the new principal of Bowen Elementary School and Linda Taplette as Fannin’s new leader in the 2022-2023 school year. The board also approved Alfred Scott as the principal of Sadberry Intermediate School when it opens for the 2023-2024 school year. view article arw