Kilgore ISD board members hired a firm Monday to assist them in their search for a permanent superintendent. Interim Superintendent Mike Morrison said the trustees interviewed several firms Monday night and chose to employ the Texas Association of School Boards’ Executive Search Services. Kilgore ISD will pay the firm $6,500 for its services, he said. Executive Search Services will provide a timeline for the district’s search for a permanent replacement “very soon,” Morrison said. view article arw

Serenity High School held a ribbon cutting for its new space Saturday, Sept. 22. The 2,000-square-foot space, which opened for the 2018-19 school year, is attached to the west of McKinney North High School, located at 2550 Wilmeth Road, McKinney. Serenity High is a fully accredited high school in McKinney ISD for students who have completed alcohol and drug rehab. The school opened in 1999 and has nearly 300 graduates. Prior to relocating the school operated out of four portable buildings at MNHS, Serenity Principal Stephen Issa said. view article arw

The race to build bigger and bolder high school football stadiums in Texas continues, and Alvin ISD is no different. The school district approved the brand new 10,280-seat stadium in 2015 and voted unanimously to name the $41.5 million venue Freedom Field in 2017. view article arw

Spring Hill ISD trustees Monday will consider approving a bid for the baseball/softball complex and authorizing Superintendent Steve Snell to negotiate the final price. The special meeting is set 7:45 a.m. Monday in the administration board room, 3101 Spring Hill Road, Longview. view article arw

The Ore City ISD board of trustees has chosen an architectural firm to spearhead the district’s band hall renovation. In recent years, trustees mulled expanding and renovating the band hall, Superintendent Lynn Heflin said in July. The board reviewed “possibilities” with Thacker-Davis but made no official plans until it agreed at its regular meeting Monday to hire the company for its architectural services. view article arw

While the Reporter-News is doing its best to inform its readers the best it can about the Abilene ISD bond election on the Nov. 6 ballot, there are more options available for information. One of the best ways to learn about what is proposed, what it'll mean to students and the impact the bond will have on taxpayers is to meet with district Superintendent David Young. Young has fine-tuned a presentation designed to provide facts about the bond, which he'll give to the public twice before voters take to the polls and have their say. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees announced its choice for two construction managers at risk for upcoming construction projects.  The contractors could bid on one, two or three of the possible bond projects: the middle school, the high school multipurpose facility and the high school baseball/softball complex. Berry and Clay out of Rusk was awarded the bid for the middle school and the high school multipurpose facility.  “They’ve been in business for 41 years,” Torres said. “They’ve completed in the last few years 59 different projects with Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong. view article arw

At their meeting Tuesday night, the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees named approved the names for two new campuses, a K-6 elementary and a junior high. After a brief discussion, what had been referred to as Flex 19 was officially named Suchma Elementary. David and Sheree Suchma, now retired, served as educators in Conroe ISD for a combined 71 years and impacted thousands of students throughout their careers. The school, currently under construction, is located at 10261 Harper’s School Road in Harper’s Preserve east of I-45 and south of SH 242. The school is scheduled to open in August of 2019. view article arw

On November 6, taxpayers in Abilene will vote on a $138.7 million Abilene ISD bond proposal, which a big part of would go toward replacing three elementary schools. Austin Elementary School, Dyess Elementary School and Taylor Elementary School are the oldest elementary schools in Abilene ISD, which is why replacing them is one of the potential projects on the 2018 bond proposal. Austin Elementary School opened in 1959, Dyess Elementary School opened in 1957 and Taylor Elementary School opened in 1955. view article arw

Taylor County residents planning to vote in the Nov. 6 general elections will have the opportunity to cast a ballot at one of two October football games at Shotwell Stadium. Not a football fan? Single-day mobile voting locations also will be set up at all the Abilene ISD campuses that would be affected by the district's $138.7 million bond election. view article arw

The Conroe ISD board of trustees met Tuesday evening and discussed naming two upcoming campuses, received an update on Houston Elementary School’s turnaround plan and discuss the process for attendance boundaries for a new campus. Click here to view the entire agenda. Here are four takeaways from the board of trustee meeting Sept. 18: view article arw

Gladewater ISD might move its administrative offices to the former Broadway Elementary School campus, the superintendent said Tuesday. The current administration building is housed in a converted funeral home. Superintendent Sedric Clark said the district is looking to move its administrative offices and technology department to the former school. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District released new artist renderings of the proposed remodel of Killeen High School on social media this morning. view article arw

As a district, San Antonio Independent School District doesn’t have many peers, with its stock of aging buildings, historic properties, and an obligation to follow a strict unified development code. The district hasn’t built a brand new school since the early 2000s, and more than half of the campuses have been identified as in need of improvements. Now, the bulk of construction from the district’s 2016 bond is set to begin as a slate of community meetings are held to gather input on how schools can best adapt to construction. For a full list of dates and times for bond project meetings, click here. The bond’s 13 projects were chosen because they exhibited the greatest need for renovations. The project list contains seven high schools, four middle schools, and two elementary schools. view article arw

Louise ISD approves ticket booth

September 2008:15 AM
 

Facility improvements, small projects most of which the Louise ISD Superintendent has taken on, were discussed at Monday’s board meeting. Trustees approved of Superintendent Garth Oliver with the help of board president Jay Heard building a ticket booth for the visitor side at the football stadium after a discussion of what materials to use — hardy plank or “smart board.” The board agreed upon using smart board and spending around $1,600 to build the ticket booth. view article arw

Over the past week, Lubbock ISD has notified staff, teachers, parents and students that a campus will be closing at the end of the current school year. KFYO News has learned that Bowie Elementary School, located at 2902 Chicago Avenue, will be closed in June 2019. Bowie Elementary was first opened in 1964 and was named in honor of Texas Revolutionary war hero Jim Bowie. In the 2019-2020 school year, Bowie Elementary’s former students will attend Hardwick Elementary, which is located nearby at 1420 Chicago Avenue.  view article arw

Sherman High School unveiled their renderings for a new courtyard that will seat hundreds at the new high school. Construction is underway at the high school off OB Groner and FM 1417. Last night, the school showed renderings of the courtyard that will be able to seat 350 people in the middle of the school.  view article arw

Celina is joining the Texas high school athletic facilities arms race. The Celina ISD school board on Monday night unanimously approved plans to create the new Celina ISD Athletic Complex. The project, which will be built on the Celina High School campus, will cost an estimated $24.5 million and is scheduled for completion in September 2019, according to Bill Hemby, the assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations for Celina ISD. Hemby said the funding will come via a "bond series" from 2008. view article arw

Killeen ISD held a workshop meeting to review the proposed design plans for the new high school and possible renovations to existing schools on Tuesday. Residents in Killeen saw the nearly half a $1 million proposed designs the school district voted to approve upon in May. The district has already made some renovations and safety upgrades to current campuses but said there is a lot more work to be done.   view article arw

Jefferson ISD is considering expanding its elementary school, thanks to some added enrollment at the campus, Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said recently. The district is in the early stages of planning a possible addition of eight classrooms, to be built as a new wing on the current elementary school building, at 301 W. Harrison St. in Jefferson. The district serves 386 students in grades first through fourth. “We do have some increased enrollment (in the elementary school), but we also have some portable buildings that are aging.  view article arw

Killeen ISD school board members will get their first look at designs for new and renovated schools Tuesday night as part of the $426 million bond approved by voters. During the workshop, members will be able to provide feedback and recommendations on the proposals. view article arw

The Hereford Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a $22.4 million bond referendum on the Nov. 6 election ballot. According to Hereford ISD, facility committee meetings from 2015 and 2017 bond proposals, information from the 2005 TASA facility study, survey results from the 2017 failed bond and input from April/May 2018 campus meetings were used to define the projects for the proposed 2018 bond. view article arw

The public got its first look at plans for the courtyard and outdoor classrooms at the new Sherman High School Monday night. Assistant Superintendent Tyson Bennett presented renderings and a short video of the design during Monday’s meeting of the Sherman Independent School District’s board of trustees. He showed slides demonstrating the various features of the courtyard with an emphasis on the seating as well as special mention of the outdoor classrooms that will be central to the plans. view article arw

With a price tag of $118.3 million, New Braunfels ISD will ask voters to approve the largest bond in its history Nov. 6. “As one of the oldest school districts in the state of Texas, we’ve got some facilities that portions of them are 95 years old,” NBISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba said. Enrollment spikes have hit NBISD the hardest in recent years. So far for the 2018-19 school year, Moczygemba  said the district has seen an increase of 148 students and that two new kindergarten teachers had to be added a few weeks before the school year started. He added that NBISD saw an all-time high population increase of more than 300 students in 2017-18, with fast-paced growth expected to continue. view article arw

With fewer than two months before Election Day, the Pflugerville school district has launched a website to help voters understand how funds will be spent in a $332 million bond package. The website, pfisdbond.net, breaks down proposed bond projects included in the bond package up for vote on Nov. 6, which district officials say would accommodate growth in student enrollment, update aging facilities and address evolving student programs. view article arw

More than 10 years after voters approved a $128 million bond in Hutto to accommodate growth, the school district is putting a big chunk of it to use. view article arw

Tyler ISD has entered into an agreement to extend the naming rights of Christus Trinity Mother Frances to Mike Carter Field. The agreement will see Christus expand naming rights in exchange for the hospital system funding the construction of a batting facility and practice area at Mike Carter, which will help ease congestion at the field over the next few years as construction begins shifting and replacing fields at both high schools. The facility will be used by baseball, softball and golf teams from both Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools. By cutting Red Raider Drive through to Shiloh Road early in the construction process, the district saved about $250,000 but lost a practice field. John Tyler will lose its practice field later in the process, due to the layout of the school. view article arw

The Stephen F. Austin building was built more than 70 years ago. On Monday, the Bryan Independent School District opened the doors at SFA once again, but not as a school. The district completely renovated the inside of the building.  view article arw

Mini reunions were taking place throughout the hallways of Bryan's former Stephen F. Austin school as former students returned to see the refurbished building unveiled to the public as the district's administration building. "It's amazing," 1942 graduate Johnny Lampo said of being back in his old high school for Monday's open house. While some attended when it was SFA High School, others were students during their middle school years. Three plaques adorn the entry of the building, marking its different purposes since opening in 1938. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday will review the proposed, detailed designs of new and renovated schools in the $426 million bond program voters approved in May. No votes will be taken at the 6 p.m. workshop, but feedback and recommendations on the proposals will be given to district administrators. The board will be asked to vote at a future meeting on the final schematic designs. Board members will review the proposed floor plans and detailed building designs of the 400,000 square-foot, new high school, the complete renovation of Killeen High School and the new campus that will consolidate East and West Ward elementary schools. view article arw

The latest phases of two building projects included in Spring ISD’s $330 million 2016 bond referendum package advanced at the Sept. 11 board of trustees meeting. Trustees unanimously approved a $6.7 million package for ongoing construction costs at Middle School No. 8. The $50 million school, located off I-45 North neat Northgate Crossing Elementary School, will accommodate 725 students. SISD Superintendent Rodney Watson said the district will direct its attention to improving its middle schools in the near future. view article arw

Canyon ISD to hold bond meetings

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The Canyon Independent School District will hold a series of meetings in September and October on the proposed $200 million bond. The district and a planning committee cite growth in the area as the main reasoning behind the proposed bond for Canyon ISD that would include renovating and expanding current schools and building new ones to keep up with the growing number of students moving into the district. view article arw

A failure to gain drainage district approval could set back the construction timeline for Danbury ISD’s new elementary school if plans are not resolved soon. The board of directors for Brazoria County Drainage District No. 8, which covers Danbury, denied approval of engineering plans for the school’s retention pond during its meeting Thursday. Engineers cited the need to clearly delineate the difference between the school’s retention system and public ditches before they could move forward. view article arw

New Campus Dedicated in Frisco ISD

September 1708:15 AM
 

The Frisco Independent School District dedicated one of its new schools, Liscano Elementary, on Sunday.  view article arw

Rusk ISD trustees on Monday set the cost for the district's softball and baseball complex renovations, allowing the project to move forward for bids, Rusk ISD Superintendent Grey Burton said on Tuesday. The district is set to make several updates and additions to the district's baseball and softball fields - not to exceed about $2.6 million. Berry and Clay Construction, out of Rusk, were hired by the district to serve as the project's construction manager at risk, while Goodwin - Lasiter Strong Architecture was hired as the project architect. view article arw