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Four Houston elementary schools ravaged by Hurricane Harvey will be rebuilt under a $126-million plan approved Thursday - and those schools will also be among those supported by a $4.7 million grant from oil giant Aramco Services that will provide technology, tutoring and other resources to students displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  Students at Braeburn, Kolter, Mitchell and Scarborough elementary schools will return to new, elevated campuses by 2020 on the same sites as the current facilities, according to a plan approved Thursday. view article arw

Two major facilities projects funded by the $330 million Spring ISD bond referendum in 2016 are expected to begin work in early 2018. Two architectural firms presented floor plans and renderings to the SISD board of trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday night, outlining the projects to renovate a building for the SISD Police Department and to build a new districtwide stadium. The board also heard a presentation from an organization that helps low-income students attend college, and the board held a public hearing on SISD’s annual financial accountability rating. view article arw

As San Marcos CISD prepared to move into a temporary building that will be home to administrative staff for the next two years, the SMCISD board of trustees was weighing five options for the replacement of the school’s administration building currently located on South LBJ Drive. The move comes following confirmed reports of mold in the building, which was found during two air-quality tests. view article arw

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to approve three new names for elementary schools named after Confederate generals. Starting with the new school year, Robert E. Lee Elementary will be known as Geneva Heights Elementary; Stonewall Jackson Elementary's new name will be Mockingbird Elementary School and William L. Cabell Elementary becomes Chapel Hill Preparatory. The names of Lee and Jackson are well known across the country. William Cabell was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army and later served as mayor of Dallas. view article arw

Four Houston ISD elementary schools heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey's flood waters will undergo a total rebuild. The HISD Board of Trustees voted on the plan Thursday night that includes demolishing the elementary schools and rebuilding on the same site. It's been a challenging year for HISD. After Hurricane Harvey students didn't return to class until Sept. 11. Schools with more significant damage were delayed opening even longer. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees voiced praise and concerns about the potential $426 million bond issue during a board meeting Tuesday evening. Chairmen of the bond steering committee, Bill Kliewer, Brenda Coley and Hal Schiffman, along with KISD Superintendent John Craft, presented the committee’s recommendation for a potential bond issue via PowerPoint slides prepared by the district. The projects prioritized by the bond steering committee during its November meetings and listed in the recommendation: view article arw

Weeks after a closed door decision to change a confederate school name, the Denton School Board has now voted publicly to make the change official. view article arw

Mustang Panther Stadium, The New Experience coming in 2018! view article arw

Developers who are buying the Dallas Independent School District's longtime headquarters on Ross Avenue hope to save part of the old office complex. Leon Capital Group is paying more that $9 million for the 4-acre property just east of downtown. The Dallas-based real estate firm won a bid for the DISD digs earlier this year. Now Leon Capital has filed plans with the city for the apartment community it plans to construct on the block at Ross and Washington Avenue.  view article arw

Trustees at Pearland ISD’s December board meeting discussed items such as the guaranteed maximum price for a portion of the 2016 bond project, as well as district demographics for the coming year. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD officials recently announced plans are in motion for a November 2018 bond election to fund new schools, repairs to aging schools and other district improvements. Currently is the seventh largest district in the state with current enrollment at 75,340 students, approximately 6,000 new students are expected over the next two years. School officials say bond funding is needed to accommodate the growing student population. School board president Kristin Tassin said a facility study to evaluate what projects are needed is already underway and a yet-to-be-appointed steering committee will begin meeting next month to gather input from the community, parents and district staff. view article arw

The Boyd High School Class of 2018 will receive its diplomas at Yellowjacket Stadium. Boyd ISD trustees Monday night reversed its decision from November to move the ceremony to the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton from the football stadium after concern was voiced from senior parents about the site, time and date. The commencement will now be 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018. “We are trying to do the best for the students of the district,” said Boyd School Board President Bill Childress.  view article arw

The Denton school board, accused of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act, tonight moves to cover itself following a recent controversial vote. Last month the Denton ISD school board came out of executive session and voted immediately to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School after a long-time Denton teacher, Alice Alexander. view article arw

Updated flexible seating options for the Weatherford Independent School Districts’ libraries was approved at a board of trustees meeting Monday evening. The $100,000 investment comes from the Weatherford ISD Education Foundation, a non-profit founded to help raise money for WISD educators. Classroom seating can have positive learning ramifications according to multiple research studies. view article arw

Two major facilities projects funded by the $330 million Spring ISD bond referendum in 2016 are expected to begin work in early 2018. Two architectural firms presented floor plans and renderings to the SISD board of trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday night, outlining the projects to renovate a building for the SISD Police Department and to build a new districtwide stadium. The board also heard a presentation from an organization that helps low-income students attend college, and the board held a public hearing on SISD’s annual financial accountability rating. view article arw

Smithville school board trustees took time during their state-mandated Team of 8 leadership training Dec. 4 to come up with a plan for renovations with the remaining $5.5 million of $35 million in bond funds with the priority of having grades pre-K through fifth on Main Campus in the middle of town. Most of the $35 million is being spent to build a new junior high and athletic facility on the high school campus on Texas 95. Superintendent Rock McNulty presented the board with a list that included renovations and construction suggested by the Long Range Facility Community Committee in fall 2016 and the facility assessment conducted by the Texas Association of School Boards and future big-ticket maintenance generated by staff. view article arw

Houston ISD officials are proposing to tear down four elementary schools ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and rebuild them — a plan that would keep students out of their home campuses until at least 2020. Students at Braeburn, Kolter, Mitchell and Scarborough elementary schools would return to new, elevated campuses on the same sites as the current facilities, according to a plan unveiled Monday. The district's board of trustees is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to approve funding for the $126-million proposal. view article arw

Friendswood ISD officials discussed multiple updates to both the Cline and Westwood Elementary buildings at the Dec. 11 board of trustees meeting. view article arw

Katy ISD trustees made several decisions regarding new district properties and upgrades to existing sites at Monday’s board meeting. Read about some of this week’s agenda highlights: view article arw

Denton ISD board members are voting to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School. However, there's a twist — the council already renamed the school last month. But it did so without public involvement and without putting it on the agenda. The school board decided to revote on the school’s name change after criticism for making the decision without the public knowing about it. view article arw

Four elementary schools in the Houston ISD were so badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey that school board trustees will vote Thursday night on whether they should be demolished and rebuilt from scratch. The estimated cost would be $126 million and the money would come from operations funds reserves and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone monies, according to the school district.  view article arw

Houston Independent School District announced Dec. 11 that a plan has been proposed to completely rebuild four elementary schools that sustained the most damage from Hurricane Harvey. HISD’s board of education will consider the plan at its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 14, according to a press release. The plan is expected to cost $126 million — $30 million for each campus, plus a $6 million construction contingency — and would be funded by a combination of HISD’s operations reserves and tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) funds. view article arw

A $426 million bond proposal will go before the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees tonight. Although the board might not vote on the bond issue at today’s meeting, it will receive the recommendation from members of the bond steering committee about projects to be included on the $426 million proposal. The board must vote to approve the recommendation by Feb. 16 in order for the bond issue to appear on the May 5 municipal ballot. view article arw

Denton ISD board members will tackle the issue of building names again Tuesday night, this time in an open session. According to an agenda posted Friday, the board will take up two items related to facility names at its December board meeting. First, board members will hold a discussion about the process the district goes through when it names a building. Second, they'll "consider approval of naming of district facilities" during the new business portion of the open session. view article arw

As the district prepares to modernize its facilities and curriculum, policy and design standards are due for updates as well. Here is what trustees discussed tonight at their monthly work session. No action was taken on any items: view article arw

Members of the Humble ISD Citizen Bond Advisory Committee agreed each of the high schools within the district needs an addition as they gain consensus on which projects to include in a $600 million bond referendum. At the Dec. 4 meeting, eight groups were combined to create four larger groups. The four groups were then tasked with formulating a project matrix and presenting their recommendations of which projects to include in the bond. The $600 million limit marks the amount Humble Independent School District determined could be included in the bond package without increasing ad valorem taxes. view article arw

A committee working to recommend a bond proposal for Alvord ISD will seek public input at a meeting Monday. The Alvord ISD Community Facilities Committee has met four times over the past couple of months to develop a draft proposal for facility needs they would like to see addressed in a bond election. The committee, which is made up of community members, two school board members and Superintendent Randy Brown, has been working to identify and prioritize the district’s facility needs. A bond proposal is expected to be presented to the school board next month for a possible bond election in May. view article arw

The pool wasn't supposed to be there. While digging up the soccer field at Cabaniss Athletic Complex over the summer to lay new turf, contractors stumbled across the remnants of a swimming pool from when the field was a commissioned auxiliary field for Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in the 1940s and 1950s. view article arw

Several parents got an update on the construction of several Corpus Christi Independent School District schools. On Thursday morning, Dr. Roland Hernandez hosted "Coffee with the Superintendent" at Salinas Catering at 2515 Leopard Street.  view article arw

McCarthy Building Companies Inc., an employee-owned general contracting firm, has been selected to build the latest addition to Plano Independent School District holdings — a new fine arts center. The new performance center is part of a larger $94.3 million investment being made by the school district in fine arts-related projects. The company expects to begin construction in summer 2018 on the planned 90,000-square-foot educational facility along Alma Road between 15th Street and West Park Boulevard in east Plano. view article arw

The public is getting its first look at the new $50 million Plano ISD Fine Arts Center with the release of the initial set of renderings for the state-of-the-art facility. The images were released by the Dallas office of the global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will, in collaboration with Portland, Oregon-based Bora Architects. view article arw

Plans for Plano ISD’s $50 million fine arts center became clearer Wednesday after the design and architectural firms hired by PISD released detailed renderings of the facility. The facility will include a 1,500-seat performance hall, rehearsal space, black box theater and art gallery, according to a joint news release from Perkins+Will and Bora Architects. “This facility serves a vision larger than the sum of its parts,” principal at Bora Stephen Weeks said in the news release. “Four state-of-the-art venues will showcase students’ hard work and talent.  view article arw

Perkins+Will's Dallas office, in collaboration with Portland-based Bora Architects, announced the first renderings of Plano ISD's new, state-of-the-art fine arts center. "This facility serves a vision larger than the sum of its parts," said Stephen Weeks, principal at Bora. "Four state-of-the-art venues will showcase students’ hard work and talent. Our design is a celebration of these young learners, and reflects the district’s commitment to the transformative power of arts education that we find optimistic and inspiring. We want the building to be a bright, beautiful invitation to the whole community." view article arw

Prestonwood Christian Academy Head of School Dr. Larry Taylor, board of trustees, and Prestonwood Baptist Church Senior Pastor Dr. Jack Graham announced on Wednesday plans to add a high school at the PCA North campus in Prosper. PCA North is currently part of PCA’s School System, which consists of two elementary schools (Plano and Prosper), two middle schools (Plano and Prosper), a high school (Plano, and soon to be Prosper), a virtual academy, and St. Timothy Christian Academy, a school for unique learning needs. PCA North is in its fourth year of existence and offers Biblically based education to preschool through 3-year-olds through seventh grade. This announcement includes adding a grade every year through the first graduating class of 2023. view article arw

While Beaumont ISD has said it is under pressure to make a decision about the future of Central High School, an exception to the state's extracurricular governing board's policies could give the district another year to make up its mind. view article arw