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On Wednesday, some board members decided to place it back on the agenda. And in a 4-2 vote on Thursday, a majority of the trustees approved changing the name. But to what, we don't know. That will be decided at a future date. The issue has always caused controversy.    (21) view article arw

On Tuesday, Greenville ISD’s Citizens Advisory Committee recommended that the district’s school board call a bond election for $169.4 million in facility improvements. Projects listed under the proposed bond are: view article arw

Argyle ISD calls $268M bond election

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This week, the Argyle ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call a bond election this May for funding for several new schools and more as the district plans for more growth. Trustees approved the community-led Bond & Growth Planning Committee’s recommendation of a $267,885,000 bond proposal, which will be presented to voters in three separate propositions on the ballot, according to a district news release. If approved, the bond election would include an increase of 1.5 cents to the district’s interest and sinking tax rate. view article arw

ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (Nexstar)- Ector County ISD’s Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri spoke Wednesday about several items impacting the district, including a possible bond proposal, as well as COVID-19 case numbers. Bond Proposal Muri said the Board of Trustees met Tuesday night to discuss and deliberate the recommendations handed down on January 11 by the Community Bond Committee. The committee recommended several items for consideration, including the construction of a third high school to help alleviate overcrowding at Odessa High School and Permian High School, as well as the construction of a Career and Technical Education Center to expand job training and career education. Muri said the board expressed support for all of the committee’s recommendations. view article arw

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

Since fall 2021, a Citizen’s Facility Planning Committee (CFPC) of just under 50 diverse members has been meeting to develop a plan for the future facility development of the district. They have sat through hours of presentations on growth and demographics, facility assessments, financial situations, and implications of various scenarios for building construction, improvements, and renovations. view article arw

The Bangs ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday night unanimously approved the installation of new turf at Memorial Stadium, and also discussed additional renovation ideas, though no additional action was taken. Hellas Construction will provide state of the art turf, a new type of padding underneath to reduce the risk of concussions, and infield granules that will reduce the temperature of the playing surface at a cost of $668,126. view article arw

Katy students have the opportunity to get hands-on experiences in a wide range of career services at the Miller Career Center. Two upcoming open houses give prospective students and parents the opportunity to learn about programs ahead of the application deadline. view article arw

Trustees in Montgomery ISD heard a presentation Jan. 18 from the district's Community Bond Task Force regarding recommended projects to include in a bond package, should trustees move to call an election in February for the May 7 ballot. Willis ISD is also eyeing a May bond election, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. In Montgomery ISD, the recommendations by its task force total $326.9 million split into three propositions. The committee's recommendations include funds for: construction of a seventh elementary school; a 900-student addition to Lake Creek High School; centralized career and technical education and agricultural science centers; land for future facilities; new school buses; new fine arts equipment; districtwide safety and security measures; renovations at the MISD Athletic Complex; and the design and initial planning work for a third junior high school, according to a Jan. 18 MISD release. view article arw

BISD Board Member Kevin Reece confirms to 12News that a name change is on the agenda, but no one has suggested to what yet.  BEAUMONT, Texas — A long-standing discussion between Southeast Texans is making its way back to the Beaumont ISD board agenda.  (EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is from a January 21, 2021 newscast.) The last item for the meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m. is the consideration and possible action regarding renaming the district's Memorial Stadium.    (18) view article arw

The Humble ISD board of trustees began the year with discussions on bond projects and a report from the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee on current and soon-could-be approved projects. According to Dr. Fagen, Humble ISD’s 2018 Citizens Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) used bond dollars to build visitors’ entries for schools that previously lacked them, one of which being Kingwood High School. view article arw

Uvalde CISD and Sabinal ISD are the latest San Antonio-area school districts to close down over staffing shortages amid growing COVID-19 cases. UCISD will close all of its classes beginning Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, January 21, due to a staffing shortage, the district announced on its website today. Although the announcement doesn't list COVID-19, it does say the goal is to give all staff and students to time to "restore their health" before returning on Monday, January 24.  view article arw

A potential Belton ISD bond election for more than $180 million will be discussed at a committee meeting Wednesday. The district’s Board Facilities Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Administration Building, 400 N. Wall St. in Belton. view article arw

At least one new Belton ISD elementary school and other campus improvements could be recommended by a committee charged with exploring a potential bond between $100 million and $200 million. The district has been planning for an 11th elementary school although there are no current funds to pay for the facility. view article arw

PBK Architects Inc. during Alvin ISD’s board of trustees Jan. 11 meeting provided a schematic design presentation on the district’s new Alvin Elementary School replacement campus. The replacement campus is a part of the 2018 bond and will cost $28.2 million, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. The school will be located next to Alvin Junior High School, PBK Architects Principal Jeff Chapman said. view article arw

ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar)- Wrapping up six months of study, the Community Bond Committee gave Ector County ISD rustees its final report and recommendations during Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The committee’s charge included three specific actions: Review the Facilities Assessment Study regarding physical condition and other assessments of all current facilities. Consider options for existing, renovated and/or new facilities; implications of projected enrollment; anticipated instructional programs; technology; operations; and cost. Develop and present to the Board of Trustees a facilities and recommendations for a future bond election will serve the District as a baseline for the next five years. Over six months, the committee held eight meetings, two community meetings, and two deep-dive work sessions. view article arw

Four-and-a-half years after voters in the Navasota school district approved a $55 million bond to upgrade and add on to multiple facilities and buildings, the final two phases are open to students.  Brule Elementary School students began using the newly renovated Rock Gym when they started the new semester this month, and the upgraded Brosig Performing Arts Center has hosted two concerts and will host district One Act Play this semester.  The Rock Gym and the Brosig Performing Arts Center renovations were the fourth and fifth phases of the district’s 2017 bond package that also included new science classrooms at the Navasota Junior High and Navasota High School campuses, a new career and technical education wing at the high school, an agricultural science shop, new Career Technical Education programs at the high school and additions to Brule and High Point Elementary Schools. All that is left now, Navasota ISD Superintendent Stu Musick said, are punch-list items. view article arw

The construction of Humble ISD Middle School No. 11, the replacement of two campuses and additional practice gyms at five middle schools were among the recommendations included in the HISD 2021-22 Citizens Bond Advisory Committee’s presentation to trustees at their Jan. 11 meeting. The board will have until Feb. 18 to determine whether to call for the bond referendum to ensure the item is included on the May 7 election ballot. As presented at the meeting, the bond would total $750 million and would be financed over a seven-year period. According to Deputy Superintendent Roger Brown, the bond advisory committee, which comprised 157 members, met for six work sessions over the last three months to discuss the future needs of district. The district’s student enrollment stands at 48,080, marking an increase of 5,779 students since the 2017-18 school year. “We’ve been growing now for some time, and previous bonds have been addressing that growth,” Brown said. “This bond addressed that growth, and we’ll continue [to address growth] because we’re going to keep growing through this decade.” view article arw

NORMANGEE, Texas (KBTX) -School leaders in Normangee are going back to the drawing board after voters rejected a bond election this past November. The previous $20 million bond proposal failed by only 38 votes which school leaders say is not surprising considering voters across the lone star state overwhelming voted down many bond proposals. According to statewide data, only 47% of 110 district-led bond propositions passed. Something that hasn’t occurred since 2011. For Normangee ISD officials, failure is not an option. They say they’ve listened to concerns and say a bond is still needed. The District superintendent, Mark Ruffin says while he can’t specifically give his views of the bond, he says the measure was designed to address the needs and concerns of students and parents. view article arw

Construction crews at Braswell High School are steadily working on building additions and the much-anticipated Carrico Athletic Complex. Students, their families and drivers passing by on U.S. Highway 380 have noticed big doings on the east side of the campus since August. In addition to the new stadium and gym additions, the project includes the high school’s third academic wing. view article arw

Plans for an expansion and renovation to the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center are progressing. The FISD board of trustees on Jan. 11 received a presentation from Konrad Judd, chief design officer with architecture firm Huckabee. The presentation shared renderings, floor plans and a construction schedule for the facility at 9889 Wade Blvd. The project is included in the district’s voter-approved 2018 bond program. The cost in 2018 was projected to be $21 million in order to allow about 1,000 additional students per day to take classes at the center and expand programming, the district’s website states. The existing building will be expanded to include a single-story addition on the southwest side. Also included in expansion plans are a two-story tornado shelter on the southeast side that will be surrounded by new single-story space. view article arw

The construction of Intermediate School No. 11 as well as the modernization of Klein Memorial Stadium or the construction of a new athletic stadium were among the recommendations presented for a potential bond package valued at up to $1.1 billion. As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, a committee of about 70 parents, community members, employees, retired educators and business partners met five times over the course of two months in late 2021 to discuss the current and future needs of Klein ISD. view article arw

Georgetown Independent School District is requesting a rezoning of 35 acres to build a unique school on the north side of the suburb. Its Future Ready Learning Complex would be home to the district's Early Learning Center, advanced Career and Technical Education programs, a day care facility and Richarte High School, an alternative high school. view article arw

Trustees recently discussed progress on plans to build a new high school and carry out improvements at the district’s football stadium and elementary school.  KILGORE, Texas — Kilgore ISD Superintendent Andy Baker says he could make a recommendation by the end of this month on a construction firm related to 2021 bond projects.  Trustees recently discussed progress on plans to build a new high school and carry out improvements at the district’s football stadium and elementary school. view article arw

It's an old place. It has been a part of the Abilene Independent School District for decades. But the building formerly known as Reagan Elementary has a new purpose, and its new occupants are looking to make the most out of what's available. The former school building on Hartford Street in west Abilene, now renamed to reflect its address as the Hartford Center, is the district's home for all things related to professional development. view article arw

Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft should soon begin executing a contract with a roofing company for the replacement of a large portion of Ellison High School’s roof on the north side of the building. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, trustees could issue approval of the district’s proposed rank order of contractors to do the project. The lowest bidder, according to the staff report on the agenda, is Texas Roofing Company, which bid $3.79 million. The bid also includes a $300,000 project contingency allowance. Due to supply chain issues, contractors can only guarantee bids for 48 hours after submitting a bid. view article arw

ABILENE Texas (KTAB/KRBC)- The closing of Reagan Elementary after the 202-21 school season has made way for the Hartford Professional learning center. A campus now dedicated to the education and training of Abilene ISD teachers and faculty. Former Reagan Elementary principal and current AISD associate superintendent of curriculum Dr. Ketta Garduno says a facility dedicated to faculty training is common at other school districts of Abilene’s size. “For summer courses we were having to use older buildings. Having to use non district facilities or utilize a variety of rooms across campuses.” Garduno says. So the halls, gyms and classrooms have been repurposed into a professional learning facility. The technology and furniture in those rooms are repurposed as well, coming from other campuses such as ATEMS. view article arw

Pflugerville ISD is rounding out the completion of a bloc of campuses in east Pflugerville as construction and other work advances at Jessica Carpenter Elementary and Bohls Middle schools. During a Dec. 16 board meeting, Gary Schulte, who is with the PfISD Facilities and Maintenance Department, told officials the campuses are just about done with some work on various parts of Bohls ongoing. view article arw

The replacement buildings for Hunters Creek Elementary School and Landrum Middle School opened in 2021. The year 2022 will see the completion of construction for one replacement elementary school, the beginning of construction for another, and the beginning of the design phase for two more as work from the $898.4 million 2017 Spring Branch ISD bond continues. view article arw

The El Paso Independent School District board of trustees voted this week to approve increasing starting pay for bus drivers to offer more competitive rates.  The district's starting hourly pay for bus drivers is now highest among the three largest school districts in El Paso, as well as the Las Cruces district. The pay increases will take effect immediately.  Bus drivers previously made $15.30 an hour and will now make $17 an hour. Lead bus drivers used to make $16.30 an hour and will now make $18 an hour.  view article arw

In an effort to build a second access road to Four Points Middle School and Vandegrift High School, Leander ISD will begin legal action to proceed with the project. The board of trustees unanimously voted Dec. 16 to accept the recommendation of district staff and outside counsel Nossaman LLP and Smith Robertson LLP to initiate litigation against the Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and such related parties as may be appropriate in federal district court. The item was discussed during a closed session. The district said in a release that the action is "due to the agencies’ failure and refusal to further process the application for a permit to design and construct the access road." view article arw

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — The Pflugerville ISD school board approved a new name for an elementary school set to open in Fall 2022. The school will be called Hidden Lakes Elementary. Hidden Lakes Elementary is located in the Villages of Hidden Lake subdivision near Lake Pflugerville. The name was chosen because of the geographical features around the school.  PfISD began accepting name suggestions in late October for the elementary, which is one of the campuses approved by voters in 2018 as part of a $332 million bond package. That package included two new elementary schools, a new middle school and other improvements around the school district. view article arw

Frisco ISD’s newest secondary schools have official names. At a Dec. 13 school board meeting, trustees unanimously approved the name of Middle School No. 18 to be Richard Wilkinson Middle School and the new intermediate school to be Shana Wortham Intermediate School. Both campuses are scheduled to open in the fall of 2023. Wilkinson Middle School is named after Richard Wilkinson, who started his two-decade tenure with the district in 1997. Wilkinson stepped into his role as executive director of business operations when FISD had five campuses and just over 3,700 students. When he retired in 2017, the district had 68 campuses and more than 58,400 students. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — Portable classrooms will be added at a school in northwest El Paso that is experiencing fast student growth. RECOMMENDED: Reyes Elementary School transforms janitor room to classroom due to reaching capacity In October, Reyes Elementary School principal, Jessica Carrillo, said the school had reached 112 percent over capacity, with 630 students. Carrillo had hoped to get $4 million to address the overcrowding when the bond proposal was on the November ballot. The school district's bond was not approved by voters. To address the problem, the school will get two new portable classrooms instead of a new wing to fit 20 additional classrooms. view article arw

El Paso (KFOX14) — After multiple bond propositions failed at Canutillo Independent School District last month, the district is looking for budget solutions to address some of the most pressing issues. Among those issues that would have been covered if the 187.5 million dollar bond had passed were deferred maintenance projects, capacity issues, and a nearly 2 million dollar payment for remote learning devices. view article arw