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This week’s Bryan ISD school board meeting included a discussion about the quality of the soil under the site of what will be built as the district’s third intermediate school. Consulting architect Ron Bailey’s suggestion to save $1 million dollars on the type of foundation for the two story building was the decision made by superintendent Christie Whitbeck. The less expensive alternative was supported by board vice president Julie Harlin. view article arw

Tomball Independent School District’s new 10,000-seat football stadium and community center, budgeted for $48.5 million, are set to open in August, the district said. The district says mechanical, electrical and plumbing crews have been busy on-site and interior walls on both levels of the community center are almost complete. According to district officials, all construction on the stadium is almost complete as well and concourse paving under the seating area is 98% done. The scoreboard steel is completed and video panels are also going in. view article arw

Friendswood ISD is edging closer to the start of construction projects that will give various district buildings a major upgrade. “Things are moving along,” school board president Tony Hopkins said. “It’s a long design process, and we are right in the heart of that.” In November, district voters approved a $128.275 million school construction bond to fund extensive renovations of the high school campus, construction of a new Cline Elementary School to replace the current one and addition of classrooms at Westwood Elementary and Bales and Windsong intermediate schools. In January, FISD sold bonds at a then record-low rate of 1.82 percent. Schematic designs for the new Cline elementary were approved in March and designs for the renovated high school in April. view article arw

Friendswood ISD is edging closer to the start of construction projects that will give various district buildings a major upgrade. “Things are moving along,” school board president Tony Hopkins said. “It’s a long design process, and we are right in the heart of that.” In November, district voters approved a $128.275 million school construction bond to fund extensive renovations of the high school campus, construction of a new Cline Elementary School to replace the current one and addition of classrooms at Westwood Elementary and Bales and Windsong intermediate schools. view article arw

VICTORIA, Texas- The Victoria I.S.D. released a statement from Supt. Shepherd regarding election results Saturday. The Victoria County Elections Office shows 43.85% of voters were in favor of the Victoria I.S.D. bond Proposition A, and 56.15% of voters were against it. The proposed projects in the $156,845,000 bond included the new builds of Mission Valley Elementary and Stroman Middle School, district-wide priority repairs, and new playgrounds at all elementary schools. view article arw

In just a few months, Tomball ISD will have a brand new football stadium capable of seating up to 10,000 spectators. The district shared photos of the $40 million project, which is currently under construction and will include a two-level community center. It will also feature a 12,200-square-foot press box and parking space for 3,000 vehicles. view article arw

Voters approved three out of four bond propositions that would pay for new schools and renovations in the Northwest school district, according to preliminary election results. Voters in Denton, Tarrant and Wise Counties who fall within the district’s borders voted on the May 1 bond propositions. Proposals aimed at building schools, building recreational facilities and buying technology devices likely passed, based on unofficial election results. The fourth proposal, a $8,200,000 million bond for stadium renovations, did not pass with only 47.4% of voters in favor, the district said. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Fresh off a Saturday night victory, Wichita Falls ISD Superintendent Mike Kuhrt is celebrating the passage of a $13.5 million bond that will pay for athletic and fine arts facilities for the two new high schools which voters approved in November.“We are excited. We are humbled by the opportunity to add these two athletic facilities to the two new high schools that are being planned,” Kuhrt said.  With a final vote tally of 3,560 for and 1,710 against, Superintendent Mike Kuhrt says everything is moving in the right direction. view article arw

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters approved all four of the bond proposals on the May 1 ballot. Overall, the bond package comes in at about $52.5 million. “On behalf of the students, staff, Board of Trustees, and administration, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for the support of the Burnet CISD bond program and the passages of Propositions A, B, C, and D,” said BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett in a statement. “Additionally, I would like to thank the Facilities Advisory Committee members for their input in developing the bond program and to those who supported that put out signs, handed out push cards, and helped inform the community about the bond.” view article arw

Plano ISD is partnering with the city of Dallas for a public park that will be adjacent to the Frankford Middle School campus and available for district use. The PISD board of trustees unanimously approved an interlocal cooperation agreement during its May 4 meeting that will see Dallas construct a neighborhood park on an unused and unimproved portion of PISD land on the west side of the Frankford Middle campus. "[Dallas'] park plan identified a shortage of neighborhood parks in that area," PISD Chief Financial Officer Randy McDowell said. "We developed the plan that would benefit both PISD and the city of Dallas, providing a park for the Frankford neighborhood." view article arw

After overwhelming approval from voters, Garrison ISD will fund a new high school and multipurpose facility as part of a $13 million bond issue. Out of 336 voters who decided the fate of the bond, 304 voted yes and 32 voted no, according to results that have yet to be certified. view article arw

As temperatures heat up outdoors, Brownsville ISD reopened their aquatic center Tuesday. The Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center has been closed since March 2020. Water exercise classes will also resume with some new rules. "We're requiring everyone to wear a mask as they come in,” BISD Aquatic Center coordinator Monica Rosales said. “There's one way to come in and one way to go out." Those wanting to make a reservation can call 956-698-0064 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. view article arw

Despite the confusion on the Cooper Bond Bill broken into three propositions, as required by the Texas legislation, voters were in favor of the district’s additional funding proposal. The Lubbock Cooper ISD’s Superintendent, Keith Bryant, explained what the district’s next steps are. “Which is the construction of the second high school. That work will begin in the next month,” said Bryant. view article arw

Several cities and school districts around the Coastal Bend held elections on May 1. For the Ingleside Independent School District, the results made the difference of either continuing its need of upgrades for school facilities or a property tax increase. On Monday, the superintendent of schools expressed his gratitude towards voters. view article arw

Calvert ISD is getting a new school. On Saturday, the $10 million bond was passed by voters. A bond to build a new school was on the ballot in 2005 and 2009, but didn’t pass either time. Teachers at Calvert ISD say it’s been a long time coming. “You know you dream, and this time our dream came true,” said Edith Gilbert, an elementary school teacher. Gilbert has been teaching at Calvert ISD for 42 years. For more than a decade, her first graders have gone to class in a portable trailer. The bond means that within a couple years, Gilbert will be back inside a normal school building. view article arw

Both Jarrell ISD school bond propositions passed, according to unofficial results. With all precincts reporting, 72.93% of votes were in favor of Proposition A, and 63.78% of votes were in favor of Proposition B. The $113.37 million bond will invest in new infrastructure and facilities updates due to increasing growth of the district. All results are unofficial until canvassed. Visit communityimpact.com/voter-guide/election-results to see results from all local elections in your community. view article arw

The $178,560, 000 bond for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD has passed. Of the two proposed propositions, unofficial results show Proposition A passed by 54% with 822 people voting for the bond. Proposition B passed by three votes with 749 people voting in support of the proposition. The is the largest bond PBTISD has ever passed, according to a release by the district. view article arw

City of Austin voters elected to reinstate the camping ban in the weekend's highest-profile local issue. Also on ballots across the area were many elections for businesses to mind, including hundreds of millions of dollars in bond-funded projects that spell construction opportunities. Here are some of the results from media reports: view article arw

CROWELL (KFDX/KJTL) — A popular proposition in recent elections in Texoma: school bonds. And Crowell saw a school bond election of its own with voters recently approving the $4 million bond proposal. “It’s probably been long overdue, but the opportunity was there, the voters saw the opportunity was there,” Crowell ISD Superintendent Dr. Donald Rhodes said. “So now the real work begins now.” view article arw

Victoria voters rejected the Victoria school district’s $156.8 million bond proposal on Saturday. The bond proposal received 3,128 votes in favor and 4,006 votes against. About 15% of registered voters voted in Saturday's election The multimillion dollar bond calls for the rebuild of Stroman Middle School for $73.7 million and Mission Valley Elementary School for $23 million. It also calls for district-wide repairs for $58.4 million and the addition of playgrounds at each elementary school for $1.5 million. view article arw

Katy ISD recently formally dedicated two new campuses: McElwain Elementary School—located at 6631 Greenwood Orchard Drive, Katy—and Jordan High School, located at 27500 Fulshear Bend Drive, Fulshear. McElwain Elementary was named for Peter McElwain, the former KISD architect who led the process in creating the school’s state-of-the-art building prototype. It was dedicated April 8. view article arw

In addition to selecting members of the district Board of Trustees, McKinney ISD voters were asked to cast their vote on four ballot items that would impact the district. The items included a one-time Attendance Credit Election that asked voters to authorize the board to purchase attendance credit from the state with local tax revenues. The measure passed with 76.89% (14,594) of the votes. The second measure was a voter-approval tax rate election. Voters approved ratifying the ad valorem tax rate of $1.5064 per $100 valuation in the district for the current year. The rate will cause an increase of 1.95% in maintenance and operations tax revenue for the district, meaning an additional $3,473,709. view article arw

Sharyland ISD voters once again voted no against a multi-million dollar bond proposal to renovate the school district. The $35 million bond proposal was narrowly defeated by six votes. Voters struck down a similar bill in the November 2020 election. School board members said the proposal was desperately needed and it would’ve renovated three of the school campuses. On the school board, incumbent Jose "Pepe" Garcia will keep his seat after he finished with 55% of the vote over his challenger, Charlotte Hocott. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas — All three propositions in the Lubbock-Cooper ISD bond passed, according to final unofficial voting results released Saturday, May 1. The proposals include a second high school campus, third middle school campus, sixth elementary school campus, and a number of renovation projects at existing campuses. LCISD Proposition A leads 61% 39% after final vote Vote For or Against. The issuance of $338,000,000 of bonds by the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District for school facilities and the purchase of land, buses and vehicles and levying the tax in payment thereof. This is a property tax increase. view article arw

LIBERTY HILL, Texas (KXAN) —Liberty Hill Independent School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call for a $491.7 million bond increase on the May 1 election ballot. Demographic reports show district enrollment is expected to double in the next five years. Voters passed ALL propositions. view article arw

All four propositions making up Katy ISD's $676.23 million bond package received support from voters in the May 1 election, according to the unofficial final results. The bond package will fund more than 400 projects across the district, including the construction of five new schools, major renovations for aging campuses, safety improvements and technology upgrades for schools. According to the unofficial final results, 6,142 residents, or 71.76% of voters, cast their ballots in favor of Proposition A, while 2,417 residents, or 28.24% of voters, voted against it. The proposition makes up the majority of the bond package cost at about $591.37 million. The funds will pay for new schools, the purchase of school sites, renovations and expansions for aging campuses such as Katy Elementary School, and safety and security updates. view article arw

Many local independent school districts have propositions on the May 1 ballot, some worth hundreds of millions of dollars the districts say they need to continue growing. School district propositions from the counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant are grouped alphabetically below. Results will be available after 7 p.m. on Election Day. view article arw

Voters turned out at the polls on Saturday for a city election in Cresson and a school board and school bond election in Lipan. When Election Day and early voting ballots were tallied, newcomer Lisa Clement was shown to be the victor for the Place 3 seat on the Cresson City Council that was held for two decades by Jack Farr. Clement won 83 votes to Farr's 19, resulting in a vote split of 81.37% to 18.63%. Lipan voters approved a $9.43 million bond proposal to fund new classrooms and renovations. Votes in favor of the proposal totaled 186, which was 59.81% of the vote, while those who voted against it numbered 125, representing 40.19% of the ballots cast. view article arw

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Voters in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District passed half of the propositions in the bond package on the ballot.  The bond package is for infrastructure improvements and technology upgrades. There are six propositions in the package; residents had to vote on each one separately. view article arw

The third time is the charm for Burnet Consolidated ISD as voters passed four bond issues totaling nearly $53 million in the Saturday, May 1 election in complete but unofficial returns.  “On behalf of the students, staff, Board of Trustees, and administration, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for the support of the Burnet CISD Bond Program, and the passage of Propositions A, B, C, and D,” said BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett. “Additionally, I would like to thank the Facilities Community Advisory Committee members for their input in developing the bond program, and to those supporters that put out signs, handed out push cards, and helped to inform the community about the bond.” view article arw

Voters in Academy ISD on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a $79 million bond proposal to relieve campus congestion as the district has grown over previous years. The measure passed with 68 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results. District personnel are proposing a new high school campus as a solution in the bond proposal, which would also fund the purchase of school sites and buses. Student enrollment at the school is expected to reach about 2,300 by the 2024-25 school year. view article arw

Huntsville ISD will have $127 million to spend on school enhancements, a fine arts auditorium, athletic stadiums and other projects after residents overwhelmingly approved a pair of bond issues Saturday. The school asked voters to approve bonds for a multitude of capital improvement projects that they say will allow the district to re-align grade levels and upgrade the learning experience. view article arw

As polls closed for the General Election on May 1, results were released and the Waxahachie ISD bond was voted against, as three seats were filled in the WISD Board of Trustees. According to unofficial results, 3,861 votes were voted against the bond and 2,897 voted in favor of the bond. For the WISD Board of Trustees, according to unofficial results, in the run for Place 3, incumbent Kim Kriegel won the race with 3,972 votes and Amy Hedtke trailed behind with 1,629 votes. In Place 4 was incumbent John Rodgers and Place 5 was Melissa Starnater, who both ran unopposed. view article arw

Huntsville ISD will have $127 million to spend on school enhancements, a fine arts auditorium, athletic stadiums and other projects after residents overwhelmingly approved a pair of bond issues Saturday. The school asked voters to approve bonds for a multitude of capital improvement projects that they say will allow the district to re-align grade levels and upgrade the learning experience. view article arw

With all Collin County voting centers reporting, McKinney ISD received approval to issue $245 million in bonds for capital improvements and a $30 million technology bond. More than 62% of voters were in favor of the two bond measures. The $245 million bond would address a host of capital improvements, from an athletics and fine arts program refresh to a new campus in the growing northern portion of the district, officials said. One of the top items includes a new school in the growing Trinity Falls area. view article arw