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Tyler ISD Superintendent Marty Crawford believes there will be a vote whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School. At a meeting Tuesday night at St. James CME Church in Tyler, Crawford and community leaders talked about the process. He also said there was other support. view article arw

Some students say former President Woodrow Wilson shouldn’t be honored with his name on their Dallas high school because of racist ideals he seemed to support.  A petition to change the name now has more than 1,300 signatures. It urges the Dallas school board to act, saying Wilson’s policies deliberately and intentionally destroyed Black middle-class communities.  “Because of the Black Lives Matter movement, it really made me think about why Woodrow Wilson — despite his racist thinking — is on our school, which is a mostly minority majority school,” said Cameron McElhenie, a senior at the high school who describes himself as half Hispanic and half white. view article arw

Cleveland ISD’s board of trustees on Tuesday night, June 30, awarded a $24.376 million contract to McKinney, Texas-based Pogue Construction for a new elementary campus in the Colony Ridge development south of Plum Grove. The yet-unnamed campus is being referred to as Elementary Campus #5 until the school board determines its name. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The debate to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School has intensified.   David Jones is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and a 1982 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.  When it comes to changing the name, Jones wants to know how Tyler ISD will pay for it and if it’s worth it for taxpayers.  “Where’s the money going to come from and is it really, truly a priority?” he asked. “Band, football, the football field everything associated with sports would be an immense cost. I don’t think that the taxpayers are going to want to pay for that.” view article arw

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

Fitch Ratings - Austin - 26 Jun 2020: Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AAA' rating based on the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) guaranty and a 'AA' underlying rating to the following San Antonio Independent School District, TX's (the district) bonds: view article arw

TYLER — Robert E. Lee High School students and alumni again are demanding Tyler ISD change the name of the school, but they are concerned their voices won’t be heard with only one regular meeting and a workshop scheduled before the new $123 million facility opens Aug. 18.  More than 40 people signed up to speak at this week’s board meeting. Only three guest speakers were in favor of keeping the name. The board, while aware that protesters planned to attend the meeting and speak on the issue, did not put a discussion item on the agenda. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso Independent School District wants you to help name Lee Elementary School.  Last week, trustees decided to rename the Northeast El Paso campus after increased calls from the public. Robert E. Lee was the General of the Confederacy during the Civil War.  “The Board’s decision to move away from the Robert E. Lee name provides EPISD with an opportunity to give the school a name that honors and celebrates the community it serves,” said. view article arw

Northside ISD’s newest middle school will soon bear the name of former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. The district’s board of trustees voted this week to name its new middle school Straus Middle School. Straus is the longest-serving Republican Speaker in Texas history, serving as the presiding officer of the lower chamber from 2009-19. view article arw

Dripping Springs ISD held a socially distanced, mask-wearing groundbreaking for Elementary #5 on Darden Hill Road. Left to right:  County Commissioner Walt Smith, State Representative Erin Zwiener, Board member Ron Jones, Board Vice President Dr. Mary Jane Hetrick, Board member Barbara Stroud, Board President Carrie Kroll, Superintendent Todd Washburn, Board member Joanna Day. (DSISD Board members Marisa Grijalva and Shannon O’Connor are not pictured.) view article arw

Eanes finalized a contract for an aquatics center, answering a decade-long push for a district swimming pool, officials said Tuesday.  The contract means that WAQUA, LLC, the company hired to manage the facility, wil cover all operational costs associated with the aquatics center while maintaining expectations established by the district. The group also operates the Westlake Athletic Community Center , and currently provides access for Westlake High School student groups including badminton, band, baseball, basketball, cheer, color guard, football, soccer, softball, Teen Teaching and track. view article arw

TYLER — Hundreds of protesters made clear to the Tyler ISD board of trustees that the fight to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School has not gone away.  For more than an hour before the board meeting began Monday night, hundreds of people chanted in the parking lot of the Jim Plyler Instructional Complex, demanding a change to the name of the school. The renewed push comes after weeks of nightly protests in Tyler in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Dozens of Tyler residents and alumni spoke to the board, limited to 80 seconds.   The Tyler Morning Telegraph, sister paper of the News-Journal, was not allowed in the public meeting at the public complex.  Jennifer Hines, the district’s executive director of communications, told Sandra Stanley, coordinator of communications, through text outside in the parking lot that no media was allowed in because of capacity reasons.  When asked if the media could go in once audience members began leaving the meeting and the room was under capacity, Hines responded by text, “No.”  The meeting was streamed on the Tyler ISD website and on Suddenlink cable; however, the audio cut out on nearly every speaker. view article arw

The president of Tyler Independent School District's Board of Trustees issued a statement acknowledging a renewed push to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School.  Community members are expected to protest ahead of the June board meeting at the district's Plyler Instructional Complex, and speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.  Board president Wade Washmon said in the statement that he hopes the summer can be used to productively discuss the issue.  "We as a board are well aware of the issues surrounding the names of both of our flagship high schools. We have heard from, and anticipate hearing more, from the community on the subject. This time in between school years will hopefully be used to discuss, and find both consensus and meaningful resolution in a unified manner," Washmon said. "Our thoughts on this matter will be limited to future board meetings where this topic is on the agenda, and of course during our conversations with community members. It is our obligation to remain poised and reasonable during this time, and we would appreciate your patience as we work, serve, and handle the business of this district while also addressing this issue. All media inquiries should be directed through the Tyler ISD communications department." view article arw

Midland ISD has plans to spend at least $1.307 million on the renovation of employee housing for 2020-21.  The item was on a list of expenditures of $100,000 or more approved by district leaders at their meeting on Monday.  The school board approved in June 2019 the purchase of two apartment complexes to be used for teacher and staff housing.  The district negotiated with the owners of Simpatico Apartments, located at 2910 W. Michigan Ave., and Town and Country Apartments, located at 3310 Bedford Ave., to purchase their existing 25-unit complexes for a combined $3.2 million. view article arw

Protesters demand name change of Robert E. Lee High School at Tyler ISD board meeting  Demand to change Robert E. Lee High School name resurfaces as protesters gather outside board meeting  Protesters gather to demand change in Robert E. Lee High School name  TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The debate to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler has resurfaced once again since 2018.  Over 75 protestors supporting the change showed up outside Monday night’s board meeting with one goal – to put the topic back on the board’s agenda.  Back in 2018, after several months of debate, the motion to change the school’s name was ultimately tabled with no action taken. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD has moved another step closer to completing the Vail Divide Southern Extension project. Construction is complete on Phase 4 of the project, which is now awaiting approval from Travis County.  LTISD and Travis County entered into an interlocal agreement Jan. 15 for the project, which includes the construction of a roadway and bridge between Hamilton Pool Road and Hwy. 71 to relieve traffic congestion. Once completed, the roadway will provide additional access to LTISD’s Bee Cave Middle School.  As part of the project, LTISD straightened Vail Divide to enter the middle school’s campus and realigned the roadway within the Bella Colinas neighborhood to create a new intersection now called Los Flores. view article arw

DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — Tuesday, Travis County Commissioners will begin discussions and hear public comment on the proposed 4-5 million square-foot Tesla manufacturing plant in Del Valle. If approved, the factory would create 5,000 jobs.  Commissioners do not plan to vote on the proposal Tuesday, and will focus on public comment.  The proposed site of Tesla’s “Gigafactory” is located in southeast Travis County on a 2,100-acre plot of land at the intersection of State Highway 130 and Harold Green Road in Del Valle.  view article arw

Dripping Springs ISD officials held a groundbreaking for its fifth elementary school campus June 22. The school, to be located at the intersection of Sawyer Ranch Road and Darden Hill Road, is slated to open in fall 2021.  As preliminary site work begins on the 155-acre property, the county also continues to collaborate with DSISD to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection, including the insertion of a roundabout that will align with the campus's entrance, according to a May update from the district. view article arw

Crawford Road in Argyle might soon see some heavy construction if negotiations go smoothly between four local government entities.  The road is a significant artery for the town, but sections are managed independently by Argyle, Denton County and city of Denton governments. view article arw

The Mission school district purchased a vacant furniture store, with plans to serve the community by bringing the building back to life.  “Everything seemed to fall into place to be able to address a number of district needs in this strategic purchase,” Mission CISD Superintendent Carol G. Perez said in a news release Saturday. “The district has been facing a number of operational facility-related needs for a while. Through the purchase of this building we can address quite a few of those needs.” view article arw

After more than 25,000 people signed a petition, Birdville Independent School District will consider the removal of Richland High School’s Rebel mascot and related imagery on Friday at a board of trustees meeting.  The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Zoom and the link will be posted at 3 p.m. Friday at birdvilleschools.net/Page/30894. Those who want to address the board should email their comments to PublicComments@birdvilleschools.net by 1 p.m. Friday.   (22) view article arw

An Allen ISD bond advisory committee has discussed 47 projects for an estimated $359 million bond proposal that could be on the November ballot. The committee was appointed this spring to discuss the possibility of a new proposal after the district’s $423 million bond failed in a 53-47 vote last May. view article arw

BOWIE (KFDX/KJTL) — School districts across Texas have a big challenge ahead of them, trying to figure out if, how and when they can reopen classrooms, but in one Texoma town, that task is magnified as they also have to try and get a school ready that was hit by a tornado.  Bowie Independent School District Superintendent Blake Enlow has been busy figuring out how they are going to get all of the damage repaired after a tornado struck the high school in May. view article arw

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

Full disclosure: Craig Cress has a vested interest in Hall of Fame Stadium.  He’s the executive director of USA Softball, which oversees the Oklahoma City venue, but still, when he talks about how the recently expanded and renovated facility now compares to other softball stadiums, he knows of what he speaks. He’s seen stadiums across the country and around the world. He’s seen facilities modest and magnificent.  None, though, is better than the stadium across the parking lot from his office.   view article arw

BOWIE, Texas (TNN) - It’s been nearly a month since an EF1 tornado hit the town of Bowie causing millions of dollars in damages to its school district. With most of the damage and clean-up finishing up, Superintendent Blake Enlow said it’s time to get the district fixed and ready for students.  “We’d like to get phase one done by August 1, knowing that we have two-a-days for athletics,” he said, “and then band camp will start the first week of August.”  Cleaning up Bowie ISD, though, has not been an easy task. view article arw

Despite COVID 19, several projects in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District’s (CISD) $335 million bond program are progressing rapidly. Goose Creek CISD is considered one of the fastest-growing districts in Texas. Driven by massive growth in southeast Houston, this property-wealthy district is projecting more than 2,250 new students over the next decade. To accommodate this rapid growth, in June 2019, voters approved the passing of a new bond measure. The bond package provides funds for several projects, including new construction, aging school repairs, athletic improvements, safety and security improvements, and technology upgrades. view article arw

GAINESVILLE, Texas (KXII) - The Gainesville Independent School board of trustees discussed changing the name of one of their intermediate schools during a board meeting Monday night.  “Here in the last few weeks, I have been contacted by several community members and people outside of the community about one of our schools in particular, and that’s Robert E. Lee,” Gainesville Superintendent Dr. DesMontes Stewart said.  Robert E. Lee Intermediate School was named after the well known Confederate General, and has held the name since the 1920s.“I get it," Dr. Stewart said. "There’s a long, rich tradition and lots of individuals who have graced those hallways.” view article arw

Evan Farrington was just 5 years old when his father first pointed out to him the fluted columns and sculpted frieze of Farrington Field’s iconic west facade.  “I remember driving by the stadium and dad telling me, ‘You know that stadium is named after my dad.’” Farrington recalls.  Farrington is the grandson and namesake of E.S. Farrington, a long-time superintendent of the Fort Worth school district who for many years devoted his time and interest to high school athletics, and who made possible the construction of the new football stadium. view article arw

Center ISD Board of Trustees and new CISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Morris on Thursday afternoon discussed the district's bond projects, undergoing several campus demolitions/constructions and approving a revised 2020-2021 master calendar for the new school year.  The extensive list of projects at Center ISD took center stage.  “We’ve still got F.L Moffett, the football stadium -  we’ve got Roughrider Coliseum going - and we’ve got the construction and demolition over at the middle school/intermediate,” he said. view article arw

The Keller ISD board of trustees is moving forward with a number of 2019 bond projects this summer, including a wave of security upgrades at all district campuses.  Trustees in a special meeting June 8 approved a contract of $670,800 to improve existing security measures at entryways of KISD schools. The bond project will address security concerns at 23 district campuses this summer during the first phase of construction.  A second phase of construction will address remaining KISD schools during summer of 2021, according to KISD Planning Director Paul Hughey, KISD. view article arw

The White Oak ISD board signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of White Oak for a new softball complex when trustees held their regular board meeting Monday.  Superintendent Brian Gray said the agreement, which now will go to the White Oak City Council for approval, detailed how much each entity contributing to the project will pay.  The district will cover $130,000 of the project, the White Oak Economic Development Corp. will pay $20,000 and the city of White Oak will kick in $90,000.  Gray said the board also approved adjusted bus routes after the periodic review to determine any potential danger for children walking to school.  In addition, the board voted to continue the same fees students pay to participate in extracurricular activities. view article arw

The Killeen ISD Board of Trustees has come to a decision on a name for the district's newest elementary school. The board voted to name the campus Clifton Park Elementary School. The 124,000 square foot facility is currently under construction on Jasper Road behind the existing Nolan Middle School. It will accommodate 1,050 students. view article arw

Fort Worth, Texas – As one of the state's leading K-12 architects, VLK Architects consistently makes Texas public education one of our top priorities. Managing Partner, Todd Lien, has exemplified this commitment as a member of the TASA School Facilities Committee tasked with Proposing Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter CC, Commissioner's Rules Concerning School Facilities. The 22 member committee is making recommendations for updates and offering suggestions for alternative methods of compliance with the new standards. Included on the TASA committee were architects, superintendents, educators, school administrators, students, school facilities personnel, contractors, board members, police officers, and the Chamber of Commerce members from across the state. view article arw

Bryan school board members at their last meeting approved spending $170,000 dollars from a bond issue approved in 2005 to resurface the track at Davila Middle School. Assistant superintendent Kevin Beesaw says the goal is to get six to eight years of use.  Beesaw says the resurfacing could be completed this summer view article arw