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WACO, Texas: The football stadium and track adjacent to Waco High School dons the name of one of Texas High School football’s greatest ever coaches, Paul Tyson. The family of Wil London, Waco’s first ever Olympian, wants that to change.  London’s father, Will London Jr., has called Waco ISD board members to discuss a possible name change.  “I think by having his name there and people knowing who he is, especially this younger generation, they can easily look up on their phone who Wil London is,” London Jr. said. “I think it would mean a lot not only to Wil, but I think to the community as well, and to Waco High.” view article arw

Gary ISD approved a bid for the construction of their elementary school roof from Reneau Roofing and Sheet Metal for $103,300 at their school board meeting last Thursday. The school received three bids for the roof, but settled on Reneau after deliberation. Reneau Roofing is a local company that’s done a lot of work for Gary ISD, Superintendent Todd Greer said. “They’re good,” Greer said. “They stand by their products; they stand by their work. Biggest thing is the product we’re wanting to use, they have it in stock. Both of these other two people said ‘We don’t have it in stock, we can’t tell you when we’ll get it. It may be six weeks, it may be six months.’ Reneau’s got it in stock. Reneau, when they talked to us, they said if they get approved tonight they can start the middle of next week.” view article arw

Carthage ISD trustees have approved projects to fix gymnasium floors at Carthage High School and turf at Libby Elementary School at their Monday meeting. Trustees approved a $96,000 bid with Quality Hardwood Floors Inc. to address water damage under the high school gymnasium’s floors. The project is being funding through bond money. The CHS gym floors, Interim Superintendent Jim Dunlap said, had severe water damage on the substructure because the rooftop HVAC chillers were leaking. “It’s because those rooftop units, they’ve been leaking for a long time and we just finally got enough water under there,” Dunlap said. “The floor buckled. It’s really not useable. It’s not safe.” view article arw

A dedication ceremony to rename South Ward Elementary School in honor of Clarence Bailey, Longview ISD’s first Black school board member, is scheduled 3:30 p.m. Monday.  Trustees voted in May to change the name of the school at 1011 S. Mobberly Ave. to Clarence W. Bailey Elementary School.  Bailey, who died in February, was elected to the LISD board in 1977 and served for 21 years.  The ceremony is set in the school’s library with speakers Superintendent James Wilcox, Trustee Troy Simmons and Sherry Bailey Smith, Bailey’s daughter. view article arw

Students in the Irving ISD will now be able to earn a high school diploma in the evening. Next month, the school district plans to open the Night OWL — Opportunities Without Limits — Academy to better meet the needs of students. The academy will target students who are at risk of dropping out or have already dropped out of school, as well as students who have daytime work responsibilities and need a more flexible school schedule, the district announced in a news release. Students will attend classes from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the district’s Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center, 101 E. Union Bower Road, and will be able to earn a full credit in nine weeks or a half-credit in 4.5 weeks. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — The El Paso Independent School District will hold a community meeting to discuss the plan for a safe back-to-school on Wednesday. A panel of El Paso ISD will discuss the plan and answers questions posed by parents and community members. The meeting will be live-streamed on the district's YouTube channel at 6 p.m. To watch, click here: Participants may submit questions to the panel during the session through live chat. The meeting also will be available through livestream at view article arw

SAN ANTONIO -- The Northside Independent School (NISD) is gaining two new campuses in the upcoming school year, the district announced. Joey Tomlinson Elementary School and Joe Straus III Middle School will open this year. Tomlinson Elementary School is located off of Galm Road, across from Folks Middle School and Straus Middle School is located off FM471 on Talley Road, across from Harlan High School. The district says final touches are being made on the buildings and the last of the teachers are being hired. The two new principals for the schools will start when the school year starts on August 23. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas — Thursday was an exciting day for the students, teachers and parents at the Encore Academy. Encore Academy is a part of Midland ISD's Special Services program. The mission of the Special Services program is "to provide instructional and support services to students in special populations to ensure they have the best possible opportunity to be successful and productive students," according to their website. view article arw

The Judson Independent School District board of trustees unanimously voted Thursday to call for a $302.5 million bond election that will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.  The bond package consists of three separate propositions, totaling $302.5 million. The first proposition would fund $252.3 million in renovations to existing school facilities and the purchase of land for new facilities and buses. The second proposition would pay for $14.9 million in updates to recreational facilities, and the third proposition would allow the district to make $35.3 million in upgrades to instructional technology and to acquire new technology.   (23) view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Some community members are voicing their opinion on what they think about the names for the new Wichita Falls ISD high schools. While members on the naming committee say they thought naming the schools after a person would date the schools, community members say the school board missed a chance to bring the community together. “I said ‘what?’. That’s what I said, ‘what,'” New Jerusalem Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Angus Thompson said. The response from Thompson represents the reaction many Wichitans after they heard the names for the new high schools in WFISD. Memorial High and Legacy High. “It does not elevate our statute, it doesn’t show that there is great faith and great hope in people coming together,” Thompson said.    (21) view article arw

College Station ISD school board members Tuesday night authorized a November bond election that has four propositions. The $83,160,000 package, if voters approve all four propositions, is promoted to not raise the debt service portion of CSISD’s property tax rate. view article arw

The College Station school board authorized an $83 million bond measure for the Nov. 2 election during a meeting Tuesday night. The bond will appear as four separate propositions: a general proposal, a technology proposal and two athletic proposals — one for natatorium renovations and one for upgrades to the district’s largest athletic stadiums. College Station Superintendent Mike Martindale emphasized that approval of the bond measure by voters would not increase the district’s debt service tax rate. The proposal does not include the construction of new schools. Amy Drozd, the district’s director of finance, said every campus will benefit from at least one of the recommended bond projects, some of which are districtwide upgrades in the areas of safety and security, fine arts and technology. view article arw

Georgetown ISD is considering a potential $381 million bond for the November election that could include five propositions with options for new schools, buses, a swim center and renovating the performing arts center. Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee presented the recommendations for the bond to the board of trustees July 19. The bond would be separated into 5 propositions.    (20) view article arw

The Wichita Falls ISD School Board chose the names Wichita Falls Memorial High School for the west school and Wichita Falls Legacy High School for the east school during a School Board meeting Monday. Check back with for more on this developing story.   School Board members approved the names in a 6-1 vote.  Trustee Tom Bursey voted against those names after saying that his feedback from community members was to go with East High School and West High School.  view article arw

LHS Ag Barn renovations

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Board members also approved tacking action on the Energy Savings Performance Contract with Schneider Electric for Phase 1B to design and renovate the LHS Agriculture Barn at a total cost of $1,077,095.  Mr. Dennis Williams, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative & Pupil Services, said improvements include upgrades and renovations, as well as extending the roof of the facility. read more arw

Jacobs (NYSE:J) was selected as one of the program management firms for the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) 2020 Bond Program, continuing its 18-year history with the district. Dallas ISD sits in the heart of a large, diverse and dynamic region with a metropolitan population of 6.5 million people in North Central Texas. Considered the largest ISD project in the history of the state, this bond program will provide improvements to more than 200 of the district's 230 campuses. view article arw

The Belton Independent School District moved forward in preparations for a 12th elementary school on Monday when trustees approved the hiring of a construction manager at-risk — a hire, who will begin working with architects in exploring designs. view article arw

The Belton Independent School District is preparing to build its 12th elementary school — signaling a possible upcoming bond election to pay for the new multimillion-dollar campus.  The school board on Monday night will consider an item to approve a construction manager at-risk in connection with a new elementary school, according to the board’s agenda. The board will meet at 6:15 p.m. Monday at the Pittenger Fine Arts Center, 400 N. Wall St., Belton. view article arw

ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROPOSALS Competitive sealed proposals are requested from interested subcontractors and suppliers for the various items of work required for Midway ISD Woodgate Intermediate Renovations Phase 2 for the Midway Independent School District, Woodway, Texas in accordance with Plans, Specifications and Contract Documents adopted by the Midway Independent School District. Proposals will be received by the Construction Manager, Cloud Construction Co., Inc., at the offices of the Construction Manager, in Temple, TX until 2:00 PM THURSDAY AUGUST 5, 2021. view article arw

Rusk ISD trustees approved Berry and Clay as the construction manager at risk for the athletic complex addition and renovation. While a final cost has not yet been approved, Berry and Clay seem determined to meet the schools budgetary constraints, if at all possible. Danny Berry, of Berry and Clay Construction, reached out to the school and asked to resubmit their bid, stating he realized their bid came in a little high for the school’s budget, according to Superintendent Grey Burton. view article arw

It's not every day Principal Keri Flores has people lining up to take a look around Western Hills High School but that day came today, as Flores showed off the newly renovated school, thanks to a voter-approved bond package. "The seniors are super bummed because they're leaving," said Flores. "It's going to create an atmosphere almost like a small junior college, a very professional atmosphere." It's one part of the game plan to get students focused and buckled down to bounce back from the poor test scores after the pandemic. view article arw

A break in the rain Monday afternoon, July 12, provided a brief opportunity for Cleveland ISD and its team of contractors and architects to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary No. 6 and Middle School No. 2 in Santa Fe Section 6, in the fast-growing Colony Ridge communities south of Plum Grove. When the two campuses come online in July 2022, they will be part of four schools serving residents in the Plum Grove area. Pine Burr Elementary, also located in the Santa Fe Subdivision, and Cottonwood Elementary in the Grand San Jacinto Subdivision, make up the other two campuses. Elementary No. 6 and Middle School No. 2 will be named by the Board as the opening date nears. view article arw

All Fort Worth high schools will be renovated by the beginning of the school year due to a voter-approved bond package. Wayne Carter reports. view article arw

Fitch Ratings has revised its long-term rating on North East Independent School District (ISD), Texas's series 2013B variable-rate unlimited tax (ULT) school building bonds to 'AAA' from 'AA+' based on a guaranty provided by the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF). view article arw

With League City City Council’s direction July 13, city staff will investigate leasing a Clear Creek ISD building poised for demolition. The 30,000-square-foot facility at 400 S. Kansas St., League City, was built in 1938 and used as an elementary and junior high school. As part of CCISD’s 2013 bond program, $300,000 was spent to update the building’s air conditioning and heating systems and wireless access, according to city documents. In 2018 and 2019, the facility housed League City Elementary School students while their campus was torn down and upgraded. The building, which is the oldest in CCISD, has not served students since 2019, the documents read. view article arw

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Canyon ISD hosted an open house for one of its newest campuses. The open house at Heritage Hill Elementary was held July 14. The school’s future parents and students were able to explore the classrooms and collaborative areas. The district broke ground on the new complex last year. I would just say to come excited and come with an open mind. There are so many things to be able to do with the area that is great in this building. We’re super excited to have kids on our building. It’s so empty right now so we can’t wait to see their bright and shiny faces,” said Tina Finke, Principal of Heritage Hills Elementary. view article arw

The 'A+' rating and Negative Outlook reflect recent weakness in operating performance, which the district is actively trying to address. Severe operating and debt service shortfalls led to debt issuances to pay for operations. The district has undertaken revenue raising measures as well as large cuts in expenditures in an effort to stabilize operations. Fitch expects carrying costs and long-term liabilities will remain a moderate burden, and that no other borrowings will be needed to balance operations. view article arw

When the students at Haskett Junior High walk into the new building for the first day of school, they’ll be entering a facility that’s 40 percent powered by the sun. Katy ISD’s newest junior high will open its doors in the fall, and it features the first ever solar farm of any Katy ISD campus. The solar array is comprised of 1,044 panels situated on 1.35 acres of land adjacent to the school. Each panel can generate 375 watts. The rack-mounted solar panels collect the solar energy and route it through inverters that will then distribute power back to the building electrical distribution system, explained project manager Ryan Wotipka. view article arw

Plans for an 80-foot cell tower on the property of a Prosper ISD elementary school in McKinney came to a halt last week after the McKinney City Council voted on a thin margin to deny a rezoning request.  The July 6 decision, a 4-3 vote to deny, comes after the City Council tabled the item on May 18 to allow city staff and the applicant to discuss possible alternative locations.  During the meeting, Planning Director Jennifer Arnold said the applicant wanted to continue with its request on the property of Furr Elementary. view article arw

Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating based on the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) guaranty and an 'AA' underlying rating to the following Alvin Independent School District (ISD), Texas bonds: view article arw

The Wharton Independent School District in July 2019 released Question & Answer information related to the $59 million bond that voters approved in November 2018. Construction of Eddie Joseph Memorial Stadium, which took 141 days to complete, had begun when the Q&A was shared with the public. The Journal-Spectator published the Q&A at that time. The Spectator is only publishing information as it relates to the Wharton ISD “FEMA dome.”  It became apparent, during Hurricane Harvey, that Wharton needed a safe room to house first responders and those incapable of being evacuated. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a grant program that allows municipalities to apply for funds to construct a safe room. These are commonly referred to as “FEMA domes” because of the shape and appearance of the completed structure.  Wharton ISD has partnered with the City of Wharton and applied for funding for the construction of a FEMA dome. Its primary purpose is to house first responders during and after an event such as a hurricane, flood, or tornado.  view article arw

We held an unsuccessful bond election a few months ago. We recognize this proposal just wasn’t the right fit for our community. However, the needs of our facilities have not changed. Many of our buildings are on life support and desperately need critical infrastructure upgrades. For several of our buildings, when it rains outside, it also rains inside. This work includes HVAC units, work on roofs, etc. We immediately reconvened a task force with some people who agreed to stay on from the earlier task force and many new faces and voices to the group. With this new group, there is also wide consensus our buildings have critical needs. view article arw

The Clarksville ISD is considering a possible bond issue election. Money raised through the bond issue, if it passes, would be paid back by an increase in property taxes. For a home valued at $75,000 – the increase would amount to about $207 a year. view article arw

The Temple School Board wants to hear from parents and taxpayers about a possible bond election. The school board says there are more than twenty potential projects that could be funded by a new school bond. Those projects include doing away with the twenty remaining portable buildings being used at area schools, completing security vestibule projects, and renovating Wildcat Stadium. Temple Schools Superintendent Dr. Bobby Ott says another goal is to build more classrooms, competition fields, and fine arts auditoriums. view article arw

Tomball ISD announced plans to hold ribbon cutting ceremonies for two of its upcoming facilities, the district announced in a press release. The ribbon cutting ceremony and convocation for the new Tomball ISD Stadium and community center is scheduled to be held Monday, August 9 at 8:30 a.m., at 20235 Cypress Rosehill. view article arw