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On May 4, 2019, Texas’ third largest school district will ask voters to approve the largest school bond debt package in state history. Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, located northwest of Houston, reports a student enrollment of 116,249for 2018-19. The district has grown significantly over the past few decades, although growth has slowed recently, with an increase of about 3,000 since the district’s last bond election in 2014. CFISD officials predict the district will grow by another 3,000 to 4,000 students by 2025. view article arw

A decision on construction at the high school will wait until May. After receiving an updated quote of $1.5 million for renovations at the high school Monday, Decatur ISD trustees said they will review construction and renovations options May 13 after getting an update on property insurance premiums and deductibles April 25. “We hope to make a decision on which way we’re going to go,” said Decatur ISD School Board President Cheri Boyd. view article arw

Officials with Sanger-based Eikon Consultant Group LLC are busy assessing facilities owned by the Gainesville Independent School District. Their project is to update Eikon’s Comprehensive Facility Assessment Report dated May 15, 2015, for six existing facilities. It also includes conceptual master planning of Gainesville High School and Gainesville Junior High School, according to a work order provided by the district. There are two parts to the facilities assessment update. Part one, which is underway, will include updates to Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, GJHS and the district’s administration building on South Morris Street. Part two is to include W.E. Chalmers Elementary School, Robert E. Lee Intermediate School and GHS, according to the work order. view article arw

A year ago, a group of Sweeny High School students got a chance to be involved in designing and planning the $28 million bond project that will bring major renovations, upgrades and safety additions to the entire district if it’s passed this May. As Election Day nears, they’re calling on residents to vote in support of it — because they can’t. “It doesn’t take that long to vote ... so go out and do it,” said Kaitlyn Fields, a 16-year-old sophomore on the student bond committee. “Help your students. Vote for your students. You vote, tell your friends to vote, tell your family. We need everybody and their momma to vote.” view article arw

After months of planning and input, renderings are now being presented for the new Lufkin Middle School, Lufkin gym and the complex for baseball and softball. The renderings presented in a school board workshop on Tuesday. The projects being paid for by a $75 million bond voted on last May. The drawings shown to the board by architect firm Goodwin-Lassiter -Strong were down after getting input from staff all over the district. view article arw

Gilmer ISD trustees gathered Monday before a regular school board meeting to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Gilmer High School. view article arw

A new, 290-page architectural study of El Paso High’s facade demanded by the alumni association raises safety issues at the historic, 102-year-old school. view article arw

El Paso High needs $15M

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A new, 290-page architectural study of El Paso High’s facade demanded by the alumni association raises safety issues at the historic, 102-year-old school. view article arw

A $140 million bond is on the May ballot for residents within Monahans-Wickett-Pyote ISD. According to district officials, it has been 13 years since the last bond, and it will only be the second in the history of the school district. With the addition of 450 students over the past 11 years, school district officials say this bond will make some much needed renovations.  view article arw

Construction of a new Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps building at Magnolia High School will tentatively be complete in September, Executive Director of Facilities Tim Bruner said at an April 8 Magnolia ISD school board meeting. The board unanimously approved the almost $370,000 building—less than the $400,000 budgeted for the project— to be constructed by B&C Constructors at the meeting. view article arw

Students and staff at Stafford Middle School recently found many ways – big and small – to make a difference in the lives of others. The second annual Serve Like Sue Day encouraged students and staff to perform acts of service and kindness similar to those their school namesake might have done. view article arw

The Quinlan Independent School District Board of Trustees will discuss several joint projects with the city government at the board's next scheduled meeting on Monday, April 15. School board meetings begin 7 p.m. at the Joe Martin Administration Building, located 401 E. Richmond Ave. in Quinlan.  view article arw

The Midlothian Lady Panthers softball program has never had a true home field. The Panthers have known no other for quite some time. That all changed Friday night with the snip of a ceremonial blue ribbon. The Lady Panthers softball program first began play on the since-demolished field next to the then-Dairy Queen, which is now Hibachio on East Main Street. It featured loosely fitted chain link, rocks in the infield and an outfield fence measuring somewhere in the neighborhood of 180 feet from home plate. They later moved to the newer city-owned fields north of Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium.  view article arw

Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora confirmed April 10 in a letter to TISD families the opening of the district’s fourth junior high school will be delayed from August 2020 to August 2021. A groundbreaking for the new school has been complicated by delays in land acquisition, revised building code regulations in Harris County after Hurricane Harvey and county building permits, Salazar-Zamora wrote. “We understand that this news may be challenging to hear, and we join you in the frustration this delay causes,” she wrote in the letter. “However, we assure you that we take every major construction project very seriously and know that in order to build the new junior high school to the standard we expect in this district, more time is needed.” view article arw

Gonzales ISD board of trustees met Monday, April 8 to review a short list of action items including the sale of notes to fund plans on replacing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units. According to GISD superintendent Dr. Kim Strozier, there are 189 HVAC units that use the refrigerant R22. By Jan. 1, 2020, R22 will no longer be available for purchase, meaning those units would have to be replaced to comply with new legislation. “We have a plan to complete replacements with a Phase 1 beginning soon starting with 89 units at North Avenue, East Avenue and Gonzales High School,” Strozier said last month. “Phase 1 comes at a cost of $1.5 million. Financing options were presented, and action was taken to approve a contract with Trane (contingent on legal review) to complete the job.” view article arw

Superintendent Phil Edwards has six facility improvements he knows he’d like to see in Angleton ISD, but it will be up to a bond advisory committee to decide which to put before voters, he said at the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday. Two items stem from the overcrowding at Angleton High School, a situation Edwards didn’t think possible until after students started classes last fall, he said at the event at Central Brazoria County Business Park. view article arw

A newer Mary Carroll High School may have a new site, but there are still a few things up in the air. Corpus Christi Independent School District officials on Tuesday announced they had selected Saratoga Boulevard and Kostoryz Road as the school's new site. That was after months-long discussions with city and U.S. Navy officials about concerns of the original selection at Saratoga and Weber Road, according to a news release from the district. view article arw

Before any construction on the facade of Hutto ISD’s upcoming ninth-grade center has begun, district officials say they are already faced with likely future budget cuts for the building itself. HISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations Henry Gideon told the board of trustees in February construction bids for the ninth-grade center, to be located at the southeast corner of N. FM 1660 and CR 100, came in over budget. view article arw

With the bond election on the horizon, the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees has approved the polling locations and election officials for the election on May 4. During the April 8 board meeting, the Cy-Fair ISD approved Lone Star College Cypress Center, Weekley Community Center, Juergen’s Hall Community Center, Prairie View A&M University Northwest and Champion Forest Baptist Church as polling locations for early voters to cast their ballot. Early voting will take place April 22 to April 30, while election day is May 4. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District officials will negotiate a contract with Batjer & Associates to install a new heating, venting and air conditioning at a pair of schools. Craig Middle and Abilene High schools will be the first to receive contracts stemming from the voter-approved $138.7 million bond passed in November. The work, if a contract is negotiated, is expected to use about $6.5 million, mostly at AHS, of the $10 million line item of the bond proposal for HVAC improvements, Associate Superintendent Scott McLean told the district's school board Monday. view article arw

On Monday, April 15, 2019, Conroe ISD will be hosting an information meeting for the Conroe ISD 2019 Bond Referendum. This free event will be hosted at Oak Ridge High School in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. view article arw

The Tomball ISD board of trustees will decide if it will approve $209 million for construction projects that will include two new schools and a stadium at its regular meeting on Tuesday. The projects are part of the $275 million bond approved by voters in 2017 that will also include building a new agricultural barn, natatorium and renovations at two schools. view article arw

The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees continued discussions about establishing a tenth elementary during a Monday workshop ahead of the regular monthly meeting. Templeton Demographics previously informed the district that the latest student-population forecast shows a new elementary school should be constructed by 2023. At the Monday workshop trustees were informed that every campus currently within the district has a set beautification plan and that parents may see some changes in the automated attendance call system in the future. view article arw

The new Carroll High School will be built at Saratoga Boulevard and Kostoryz Road, according to a CCISD news release.The release on Tuesday said the district has opted to move the site after a number of meetings with city, county and military leaders. "Local leaders, including those involved with the military community, have agreed that the location is in the best interest of Corpus Christi's thriving community," the CCISD release states. "The district is glad to be a good neighbor." view article arw

Killeen Independent School District released drone photos of its newest school, Maude Moore Wood Elementary, in a press release Tuesday.  The $25 million school was built with regular facilities funds, not bond funds, according to Killeen ISD chief communications officer Terry Abbott.  view article arw

It's significant, of course, that the site of the new Carroll High School has changed. But just the fact that the Corpus Christi ISD disclosed the change Tuesday — the fact that you get to know about it at all — also is worth your attention. Why? Because it was information the district didn't have to disclose. The reason the district had no compelling legal reason to disclose the site change is that the property isn't under contract. view article arw

Renovations continue at Savoy ISD

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Progress continues on Savoy ISD’s 2-3 year improvement plan that was developed by the school board at a strategic planning workshop in December. There has been activity at both campuses and at district athletic facilities.   view article arw

Plano ISD’s Adult Transition Center will be renamed as the Charmaine Solomon Adult Transition Center. Charmaine Solomon is a founder of the Plano-based My Possibilities nonprofit, which provides continuing educational services to adults with disabilities. Solomon also serves as the chair of My Possibilities. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District is now accepting money to pay for changing school names that have ties to the Confederacy. The AISD board has already voted to rename five buildings with Confederate ties. Those schools include Lanier High School, Reagan High School, Fulmore Middle School, the Allan Center and Eastside Memorial High at the Johnston Campus. view article arw

Class will soon be in session for the 35th elementary school in the Killeen Independent School District, and officials touted construction progress Monday. Maude Moore Wood Elementary, set to open this August at 6410 Morganite Lane, will have a capacity of 1,050 students and will alleviate the overcrowding at Skipcha, Timber Ridge, Cedar Valley and Douse elementary schools, which have been rezoned for the 2019-20 school year, according to Chief Communication Officer Terry Abbott. view article arw

This May, voters will decide on a school bond proposal for the Woden Independent School District. The school district is seeking an $8.6-million bond. If passed, the money would be used for district-wide security upgrades, a new junior high school, and other renovations. KTRE spoke to a junior high school teacher who said the changes are needed. view article arw

Needville Independent School District trustees have voted unanimously to purchase 201.9 acres at the intersection of Richmond Street and Baker Road. The decision was made at the March 20 school board meeting, and the land was bought from Wenzel Enterprises for $3 million. Superintendent Curtis Rhodes said the purchase will allow for expansion. view article arw

At Belton ISD’s new school – which is set to open for students in the fall – the finishing touches are going up. Charter Oak Elementary School is set to be a campus that features the first of many. “It’s an exciting time for Belton ISD as a fast-growth school district,” Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said. An exciting time as the calendar moves closer to the fall. In just a few month, students and staff will walk the halls for the first time – a building more secure than any other in the district. view article arw

Cleveland ISD superintendent Darrell Myers gave updates and news about the district’s proposed $250 million school bond during the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 4. It is one of many stops on Myers’ tour around the community to give the facts about the bond and answer any questions people might have. view article arw

City View ISD officials took questions on Monday night in their final Town Hall meeting. City View voter have an ISD bond proposal on the May ballot. That money would allow for renovated bathrooms, new air conditioning and heating units, new lighting, repairs to the foundation, along with many other repairs. view article arw