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Elgin School District kicked off construction on Wednesday on a 36.9-million-dollar project which will include some new facilities and other improvements. It's all part of school bond voters passed in 20-17. Construction workers started building grandstand bleachers that can seat up to two thousand people and will be up for the first game in August. "We're continuing to grow,” said Nate Meraz, EPS Superintendent. “Houses are going in all over Elgin. Businesses are coming in and it's a happening place. So, we're keeping up with that growth." view article arw

A plan to honor athletes, community leaders and long-time teachers in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD community is in motion with a Walk of Honor at Mustang-Panther Stadium. The Walk of Honor will be lined with plaques honoring GCISD community members who have been nominated by the community. A committee will oversee the process to confirm nominees and see that this Walk of Honor will be built into the newly remodeled Mustang-Panther Stadium, to be unveiled later this year. view article arw

After being closed for seven years Garland ISD’s planetarium reopened its doors to the first batch of students in February. All third-grade classes in GISD have been invited to take advantage of this new opportunity. The planetarium originally opened in 1976 at Lakeview Centennial High School, where it’s still located, and closed its doors in 2011. Thanks to the 2014 bond program, the planetarium now has the latest technology and a state-of-the-art, 360-degree screened dome with interactive simulations of the Earth, solar system, distant galaxies and more. view article arw

The Beeville Independent School District announced Monday that it will be closing Thomas Jefferson Intermediate School after the current school year. Administrators said the building is no longer viable and that students who currently attend the campus will be dispersed to two nearby elementary schools or to Moreno Junior High, depending on grade level. view article arw

This is an opportunity for residents to vote on whether or not to renovate Christoval Elementary and also expand the S.T.E.M program that is already in place at Christoval High School. However, much like any bond it comes at a price, but it's a price the bond accountability committee says is absolutely necessary. view article arw

New program needs, aging facilities, and the impact of natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey are just a few of the reasons school districts should periodically study both current and future facility needs. The West Orange-Cove CISD Board of Trustees authorized the superintendent, Mr. Rickie Harris, to assemble a Citizens Advisory Committee for this purpose. For the next several months, the committee will study educational programming and the condition of facilities in the school district. view article arw

KISD officials won’t just step back if voters don’t pass a proposed $426 million bond issue in May, Superintendent John Craft told those attending a public luncheon meeting in Harker Heights on Monday. “I would love to be able to say we could just sit idly and do nothing,” Craft said. “We can’t do that. We will regroup and strategically decide how we want to proceed.” Joined by various Killeen Independent School District officials at the Central Home Builders Association, the superintendent gave a presentation on the upcoming bond proposal to nearly 50 people in attendance. view article arw

After Hurricane Harvey devastated the Moore Elementary School campus at 13734 Lakewood Forest Drive, Houston, Cy-Fair ISD officials were forced to close the campus for renovations during the 2017-18 academic year. The full renovation project is estimated to cost $12-$14 million, and the facility is expected to open in time for the fall 2018 semester. view article arw

Dallas ISD could shut down two elementary schools to convert their buildings for use in specialized programs in a move to attract families back to the district. Texas public schools have been losing students for years to publicly funded charter schools and private schools. About 33,000 children who live within the Dallas Independent School District's boundaries are enrolled in charter schools instead of the traditional public schools. view article arw

BISD reached a unanimous decision Wednesday morning to add 16 classrooms to the Ozen High School campus, as BISD prepares the school for next year, the merger of Ozen and Central High School into Beaumont United. BISD Superintendent Dr. John Frossard says the district is working quickly to get the campus ready for the first day of school.  view article arw

With a $750 million bond proposal on the May ballot, construction workers enter the home stretch of several ongoing construction projects in Denton ISD. An addition to Guyer High School is nearing completion, with contractors saying roughly 60 percent of the work is done. The $49.9 million project was included in the 2013 bond package to bring the school's capacity up from 2,600 students to 3,000. Improvements to the campus include a new ninth-grade center, a fine arts addition, athletic facility renovations and a more secure front entrance to the school.  view article arw

Now that we’ve decided what names we don’t want on five Austin ISD facilities, it behooves us to decide what names we do want on those facilities. Let’s not relitigate the wisdom of removing Confederate-related names, a concept I support though I’m still concerned about retropunishing John H. Reagan for being the Confederacy’s postmaster general. No, forward-looking guy that I am (except when parallel parking), I’m ready to move on to picking new names for the facilities now named for certified bad humans John T. Allan, Zachary Taylor Fulmore, Sidney Lanier, Albert Sidney Johnston and the aforementioned postal worker. view article arw

Following the Austin Independent School District board of trustee’s decision on Feb. 26 to officially began the process to rename five district schools, currently named after individuals who had ties to the Confederacy, Community Impact Newspaper asked users on Nextdoor how they felt about the board’s decision. Based on the Nextdoor poll, which garnered 1,734 votes from Austin-based users, 54 percent of respondents voted that they did not support the board’s actions, while 46 percent of respondents voted that they supported the action. view article arw

Coppell ISD sold $71. 8 million in bonds Feb. 13, which marked the second of three issuances from the 2016 Bond election and refunded $29.4 million from the 2007B Bond Series. According to district Chief Financial Officer Kelly Penny, the market on Feb. 13 was favorable for municipal bonds. The True Interest Cost (TIC) for the new issuance was 3.518 percent, which was lower than expected. view article arw

There is no stopping the growth in Manor, one of the few affordable suburbs of Austin. But the school district is now putting its final touches on a new secondary school building that officials say will make room for more students without losing the close-knit feel. The district’s plan is for the new campus, Manor Senior High School, to be home base for juniors and seniors, leaving the old Manor High School primarily for freshmen and sophomores. view article arw

The Killeen ISD school board voted Tuesday to deal with frequent flooding that would force Harker Heights High School marching band students to carry their instruments through muddy water.  view article arw

Superintendent John Craft was blunt when asked what the Killeen Independent School District intends to do if its $426 million in proposed bonds fail to pass on the May 5 ballot. “I would love to be able to say we could just sit idly and do nothing,” Craft said. “We can’t do that. We will regroup and strategically decide how we want to proceed.” view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet in a work session at 6 p.m. today to discuss another bond and tax ratification election. Rezoning of middle schools, kindergarten through second- and third- through fifth-grade schools, along with rezoning of middle and elementary schools will be discussed. view article arw

Humble ISD trustees called the district’s first bond election in a decade on Feb. 13,  a $575 million bond package to help the district accommodate growth and address several major issues it has faced over the past 10 years. The bond referendum includes campuswide renovations, two new schools that will address overcrowding and the total reconstruction of Kingwood Middle and Lakeland Elementary schools—two of the district’s oldest facilities, HISD officials said. view article arw

The Pottsboro Independent School District is trying for another school bond after a $58 million proposal failed last November. "We started this process several years ago, and we were very disappointed when the first bond failed," said Superintendent Dr. Kevin Matthews. view article arw

Officials at Rockdale ISD plan to start $5 million worth of renovations to the track, football field, and field house. Superintendent Denise Monzingo said the project has been in the making for years, and Rockdale ISD has been saving up. "This, I hope is something that they are going to look forward to, that it isn't going to cost the taxpayers anything because were not going through a bond. We are doing what is called a maintenance note," said Monzingo. view article arw

As Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD launches its Stellar programs and strives to be a District of Innovation, the district is planning to begin several projects to renovate its campuses.  The C-FB ISD Board of Trustees discussed and approved the design of these projects at Thursday night’s meeting. McLaughlin-Stickland Elementary is one of the schools on the list for renovation.  view article arw

For many years, the children of the Park Cities ran through the halls of the elementary schools Hyer, University Park, Armstrong and Bradfield. Maybe they were chasing their dreams or maybe they were chasing friends or running from teachers or all of the above, but in most cases, it was done with the unfiltered exuberance of childhood. I'd bet most of us have warm and wonderful memories of elementary school. Like me, you may also have not-so-fun memories like getting your mouth washed out with soap or paddled for sassing a teacher.  view article arw

When Eastside Elementary students return from spring break on March 20, they will find a few things have moved. "We are looking to move into new portions of the Eastside campus over the spring break. We should be serving out of our new cafeteria when the students return," said Dr. Darrell Myers, Cleveland ISD superintendent. Once the old kitchen is vacated, that area will be refitted into classrooms that are expected to be ready by the first of summer. view article arw

Legacy Stadium opened in Katy ISD in August with multipurpose event spaces, concessions, a jumbotron and a Live Action Media Broadcast System. Community Impact Newspaper previously reported the facility generated $1.64 million in revenues for its first semester, but see what the 12,000-seat football stadium’s biggest expenses have been so far. view article arw

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” As AISD addresses controversy following the decision to rename five district buildings, I’m reminded of this line from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” I can’t help but reconsider Juliet’s ill-fated question. To understand what is in a name, we need to understand the cultural context and significance of both the name and that which bears the name. Times are changing. The University is no exception to the national movement to redefine spaces and alter names, as indicated by the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue and the growing number of cries to rename Robert Lee Moore Hall. We choose names to honor and align ourselves with an individual and to represent the ideals of our community. view article arw

Superintendent John Craft will be giving a presentation on the upcoming bond proposal for Killeen Independent School District from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Central Texas Home Builders Association. This is a change of location. The luncheon, which is open to the public, is organized by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and Central Texas Home Builders Association. It will be held at 445 E. Central Texas Expressway. view article arw

During a special meeting Feb. 6, the New Caney ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the call for a May 5 bond election, said Scott Powers, NCISD executive director of public relations. The district’s $200 million bond proposal includes four major projects: a third comprehensive high school, replacing Keefer Crossing Middle and Porter Elementary schools, and an addition to Woodridge Forest Middle School. The district’s property tax rate of $1.67 per $100 valuation will not affected by the bond issue, Powers said. view article arw

Flexible furniture will replace traditional desks in 94 Eanes ISD classrooms, an item approved by the board of trustees at the Feb. 27 regular meeting. The adjustable classroom sets allow seating and workspaces to be easily reconfigured to meet the needs of students and teachers and provide more opportunity and space for collaboration, EISD Deputy Superintendent Jeff Arnett said. “The tables and seating can be quickly rearranged depending on classroom size, lessons, or projects students are involved in,” Arnett said. “We have been in a pilot phase the last two years, mostly at the high school level. Feedback from teachers and students has been overwhelming—they enjoy the furniture and flexibility of arrangements.” view article arw

Royse City ISD’s board of trustees began its public awareness campaign to promote a $60 million bond that, if approved by voters, would fund the construction of a new middle school in Fate. That vote, scheduled May 5, will consequently decide whether or not the district will be able to adopt a new grade configuration system that would eliminate the use of intermediate schools.  view article arw

The Austin ISD board is inviting community members to submit nominations for the renaming of four campuses and one facilitiy named for Confederate soldiers. The nomination process is now open and will close at 5 p.m. on March 16. Staff will then compile the nominations submitted and coordinate with each Campus Advisory Council to get ready for the board to make the final renaming decisions. view article arw

It's not just a mud pit anymore.  And McKinney ISD expects its $69.9 million stadium and attached events center — one of the country's most expensive high school football facilities — to be ready for play by the start of football season in the fall. If not sooner. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted Monday night to move forward with renaming five district buildings named for men who served in either the Confederate military or government. Lanier, Reagan and Eastside Memorial high schools, Fulmore Middle School and the Allan Center will get new names. view article arw

An outline for a possible new bond proposal was presented by Eanes ISD Superintendent Tom Leonard Feb. 27 at Tuesday’s regular Board of Trustees meeting. The goal was not to make any decisions, but to introduce ideas and concepts and to get feedback, Leonard said. He suggested putting together three different committees that would form this fall. According the Leonard, the “internal staff committee” could provide advice on topics such as facilities, transportation, technology and infrastructure. The “selected staff and community members” group might discuss technology and make recommendations on particular learning or teaching devices and flexible furniture, for example. view article arw

In a split vote, the Austin school board Monday night approved stripping Confederate names from five of its schools. Seven trustees voted for changing the school names. Trustees Ann Teich and Julie Cowan voted against. Trustee Ted Gordon, the only black member of the board who has been a staunch supporter of renaming schools, said no African American had any determinate say in naming Austin schools after Confederate figures. view article arw