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Under district guidelines, nominees must have made a significant contribution to society and have achieved notable advancements for students and staff at the state or national level. Nomination can be submitted until Mar. 5 at A committee will gather to review all submissions and present a recommendation to the G-PISD Board of Trustees, which retains sole authority to name any area of the campus. For any questions about the process, contact G-PISD communications at 361-777-1091, ext. 1045, or via email to MORE COVERAGE More:Gregory-Portland football player arrested for animal cruelty More:CCISD board moves forward in process of becoming District of Innovation John Oliva covers issues that matter to you. Consider supporting local journalism with a subscription to the Caller-Times. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — Officials with Ysleta Independent School District held a groundbreaking ceremony at Bel Air High School on Tuesday morning. The groundbreaking ceremony commemorated the start of the construction of the new academic wing at Bel Air High School. The estimated $78 million construction project funded by The Bond 2019, a $425 million facilities bond measure was approved by Ysleta ISD voters. Bel Air High School’s original classroom wing, which has already been demolished, was built in the late 1950s. view article arw

CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to reflect that Harpool Middle School students will be able to resume face-to-face classes beginning March 16. Denton ISD's Harpool Middle School building will remain closed through the end of the school year, according to a Tuesday evening announcement from the district. Students will be able to return to virtual classes Thursday and begin learning in-person at an alternate site on March 16. More details were not immediately clear Tuesday night. Harpool, in the Lantana area, was the campus hardest hit by this past week's winter weather. A fire suppression system burst after subfreezing temperatures, flooding the building and damaging the entire first floor. view article arw

Rating Action: Moody's upgrades to Aa3 on Bullard ISD, TX's GOULT; assigns Aa3 issuer ratingGlobal Credit Research - 23 Feb 2021New York, February 23, 2021 -- Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the rating to Aa3 from A1 on Bullard Independent School District, TX's general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) bonds. Moody's has also assigned a Aa3 issuer rating to the district. The issuer rating reflects the district's ability to repay debt and debt-like obligations without consideration of any pledge, security, or structural features. This rating action concludes a review for possible upgrade initiated on January 26, 2021 in conjunction with the release of the US K-12 Public School Districts methodology.  view article arw

Schools on top of storm repairs

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Ector County ISD, Odessa College and University of Texas Permian Basin are assessing damage and making repairs to their buildings in the wake of last week’s frigid temperatures, burst pipes, power outages, snow and ice. ECISD Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said to get ready for Monday’s classes, repairs were made at 21 campuses/facilities, two of which were roof leaks. Nineteen were waterline breaks or leaks and the roof repairs necessary to open schools have been made. Adkins said there were also 14 classrooms were directly impacted by water leaks or breaks and the estimated cost is $15,7000. However, most of the work was done in house. view article arw

Cypress Springs Elementary School, the fifth elementary school for Dripping Springs ISD, is more than halfway built. DSISD Director of Facilities and Construction Clint Pruett announced that progress on Cypress Springs' site and utility work is 78% complete, and progress on the school building is 51% complete as of Feb. 12. "We'll be substantially complete this summer, God willing," Pruett said at a Feb. 22 meeting of the DSISD board of trustees. view article arw

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Work crews for Nacogdoches ISD are cleaning-up and repairing extensive damage left by last week’s winter storm. Nacogdoches ISD facilities director Ralph LaRue has a routine when preparing for winter storms starting with turning up the heat. “We had more than enough heat. Everything was turned on. Turned off,” LaRue said However, numerous busted pipes still happened at several campuses, leading to extensive water damage. view article arw

Upgrades to New Waverly ISD campuses could be on the horizon. Members of the district’s board of trustees gave approval for Superintendent Dr. Darol Hail to proceed with his plan to create a facilities committee. The committee will study the facility and maintenance needs of the district and make recommendations towards the validity of a future bond program. “We aren’t necessarily wanting to make a decision now on a potential bond, but just explore if that is what we need to do,” Hail told the board. The committee, whose members have not yet been named, will consist of board members, school administrators, teachers and community members. Hail said that he hopes to start committee meetings in March. view article arw

The Huntsville Independent School District is asking voters to increase their property taxes and approve a $127 million in two bond measures that would pay for campus renovation and construction. However, school officials say it will also provide something that members of the community have been asking for — additional pay for educators. Huntsville ISD educators are currently hired at a minimum salary of $44,600 per year, which despite three years of pay bumps, remain below comparable districts in the region. However, school superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard says that the district is still competitive, especially when it comes to retaining experienced teachers. “We’ve made great gains over the past three years, and when you compare us to most of our neighbors, we are already competitive,” he noted. “We also know that money is just part of the equation.” view article arw

In a recent unanimous vote, the Los Fresnos CISD Board of Trustees approved a $63 million bond election to be held on May 1.  “Our ability to operate fiscally responsibly over the years has now landed us in a position to be able to add several needed facilities and make renovations to others all without raise the tax rate,” Superintendent Gonzalo Salazar said. “We know that these additions and renovations will help us continue to deliver on a mission of delivering a quality educational experience for all students.” view article arw

ROYSE CITY — The Royse City Independent School District is growing as rapidly as the city and region in which it resides. The Royse City ISD school board voted unanimously during its Feb. 8 hearing to approve a $230 million bond referendum on the May 1 election ballot to address current and future student growth in the district. According to an announcement from the district, the projects included under the bonds would be included under two separate propositions for voters to consider. Proposition A would include a replacement for Cherry Elementary in the Veranda Estates; renovations for an Early Childhood Center which would be at the existing Cherry Elementary; the creation of a seventh and eighth elementary school campuses; an expansion of Royse City High School focusing on career and technical education; expansions of Herndon, Miss May Vernon elementariness and Ouida Baley Middle School; upgrades of Davis and Fort elementaries; land purchases for future school sites; an agriculture project center, a Royse City ISD Event Center; technology, infrastructure and security upgrades; and expanded bus parking. view article arw

Cleveland ISD’s Board of Trustees awarded a bid to Pogue Construction at a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, for construction of a new elementary campus and new middle school campus in the Grand San Jacinto community south of Plum Grove. While the District had set aside $110 million of a $198 million bond that was approved by voters in November 2019, the District achieved enough cost-savings to squeeze in construction of a new Northside Elementary campus in Cleveland. The new Northside campus is being built on FM 2025 near Baldwin Park. view article arw

Jasper ISD’s Board of Trustees voted this week to ask voters to approve an $18.5 million bond issue to fund district-wide improvement projects and renovations, and to replace aging school buses. view article arw

The North Lamar ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to add five propositions to the May 1 election ballot for a bond referendum. A bond was called for May 2020 but was canceled due to the pandemic. If approved by voters, the new proposal will address aging school facilities, new bus replacements, student devices, and energy efficiency. It has been 12 years since a bond passed at NLISD. That one provided $4.68 million for four new science labs, five new computer labs, and repairs and improvements to the North Lamar High School. view article arw

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Lufkin High School baseball and softball teams are starting their season at Morris Frank Park but hope to end their season at the new home on the high school campus. Work is moving along on the new facility for the teams at the high school. The fields with scoreboards, lights and seating are done. The project though still has much more to be done. Work is still being done on the press boxes, batting cages and field house. The parking lot is still in need of lighting. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The WFISD School Board was busy in 2020 working to pass the bond for two brand new high schools, but proposition b failed. Now in 2021, the board hopes to get the athletic facilities passed on a new bond after unanimously agreeing on a May bond election in a special session on Tuesday. Something WFISD Superintendent Michael Kurht thinks failed because of having to break the bond election into 2 propositions due to state law, and some confusing wording, which requires them to use recreational instead of athletic.    (10) view article arw

Veritex Community Bank leased 12,200 square feet in Village Towers, a development of Houston-based Moody National Cos. at 9655 Katy Freeway in the Memorial area. CBRE helped the bank find a location to accommodate growth in its corporate, commercial and industrial banking teams. The property, constructed by Arch-Con Corp., has a gym, conference center and dining options including Masraff’s, Texadelphia and Treebeards. The Dallas-based bank has 40 branches in Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas. view article arw

The Northwest school district — one of the fastest growing school districts in the state — proposed a new bond package after a previous proposal failed to pass in the November election. After voters rejected the nearly $1 billion bond package last election season, the district immediately made plans to include a revised proposal on the May ballot. The rejection of the first bond package set the district back by about a year in its plans to keep up with growth, Superintendent Ryder Warren said. The new bond package cuts $240 million from the first proposal, which would have built seven schools, expanded three others and renovated existing campuses in the rapidly growing district. The May ballot will include four propositions that total $745.7 million.    (11) view article arw

 Fitch Ratings - Austin - 09 Feb 2021: Fitch Ratings has withdrawn the 'AA' rating on the following bonds: --San Antonio Independent School District (TX) refunding bonds (taxable) series 2011A. Previous rating: 'AA'/Outlook Stable. The updated rating history is reflected on Fitch's web site at ''. The ratings were withdrawn because the bonds did not sell. view article arw

Frisco ISD’s 43rd elementary school will honor community members Buddy and Joni Minett thanks to a unanimous Monday vote from the district Board of Trustees. The vote came after a residents naming committee brought the name as a recommendation to the board.    (10) view article arw

OVERTON, Texas (KLTV) - KLTV’s Jeff Chavez spoke with Overton ISD Superintendent Stephen Dubose about the purchase of the North East Texas Career and Technology Center. The district previously had been leasing it. The district will share it with other schools to use for career and tech classes also in conjunction with Kilgore College as a place for dual credit courses. view article arw

Voters in Katy ISD will vote on $676 million 2021 bond package in May. Katy Independent School District Board of trustees met Monday evening to discuss a 2021 bond package. Katy ISD Board President Ashley Vann said the district is expected to exceed 100,000 students by 2030, and it needs many improvements to accommodate. Monday at the 5:30 p.m. virtual board meeting, Katy ISD trustees were presented with the Community Bond Advisory Committee’s recommended 2021 bond package. The more than $676 million package consists of four propositions, which were decided on after discussions with more than 100 stakeholders. The goal: address growth, safety and a need for school renovations, technology and more. view article arw

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The first day of practice for Texas high school baseball was January 22nd, but once the season is concluded for the Chisholm Trail Rangers and Saginaw Rough Riders Hellas Construction will upgrade both baseball and softball fields at the respective schools. Chisholm Trail and Saginaw High School will install Major Play® Matrix Helix turf with GeoPlus CoolFill® infill and Gmax Drain® Pad for their baseball and softball fields. This is the same system that was installed at Boswell High School at the end of 2019. view article arw

Architects presented their design plans for Elementary Schools No. 57 and 58 to the Cy-Fair ISD board Feb. 8. The schools will be located off Tuckerton Road in Bridgeland and off Clay Road in the southwest corner of the district, respectively. view article arw

A bond election could be in the future for Gainesville Independent School District. “We’re really at a crossroad,” Superintendent DesMontes Stewart said. “Our May 2020 bond was going to address some of the needs of the district, and of course we ended up canceling that.” He said two of the district’s campuses are more than 60 years old. Those schools are Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, 1 Edison Drive, and Gainesville Junior High School, 1201 S. Lindsay St., he said. “ … Right now, the one with the greatest needs is the junior high,” Stewart said. He said the emergency items, such as heat, the district is taking care of. However, he doesn’t want to pour millions into the building should the school board decide a bond election needs to happen. view article arw

Two future schools in Frisco ISD now have namesakes. The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees on Feb. 8 approved the district's 43rd elementary school to be named the Buddy and Joni Minett Elementary School and 12th high school to be Panther Creek High School. view article arw

JARRELL — Jarrell Independent School District trustees on Wednesday called for a $113.3 million bond election that includes a new elementary school and expansion of the middle and high school campuses. The north Williamson County city is booming as there are plans to build 7,000 new homes by 2023, the Jarrell Economic Development Corp. said.    (08) view article arw

Fort Bend ISD is continuing construction on several projects paid for by the $992.6 million 2018 bond, according to a Jan. 11 presentation by Chief Operations Officer Oscar Perez. Below are updates on rebuilds and additions across FBISD campuses. view article arw

During a special meeting on Monday, February 8th, the Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $420 million bond proposal and called for a May election. This proposal includes a 2nd high school campus, a 3rd middle school campus, a 6th elementary school campus and renovation projects at the existing campuses. Also included are HVAC and roofing improvements along with athletic additions to existing campuses.    (10) view article arw

Richardson ISD voters will have the chance to decide on a $750 million bond package for the district as part of the May 1 election. District trustees called the bond election, which will include two separate propositions, during the board’s Feb. 8 meeting. Proposition A will be for the amount of $694 million to cover costs related to planned improvements to district buildings, buses and vehicles. Proposition B is set to be for the amount of $56 million to improve technology devices throughout the district. “This is the long-range vision for our aging facilities,” Superintendent Jeannie Stone said. “An important point that we will be talking about with our community [over the next few months] is that the average age of our RISD school buildings is almost 53 years old. And bond 2021 will begin the long-range vision to address all of RISD’s aging campuses.” view article arw

Huntsville ISD trustees will ask voters on May 1 to approve $127 million in bonds for campus-wide renovations and upgrades. The seven trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to call a bond referendum. School Board President Trey Wharton said he is excited about the possibilities. “We can do amazing things for just pennies,” Wharton said before the vote during an in-person meeting. “It will be great for the kids in the district, but also big for the community as a whole.” view article arw

During a business and support services committee meeting with the LISD Board of Trustees, the district discussed the changes and updates to health benefits and their timeline, among other financial-oriented topics.  According to district, health updates are tentative, but a health insurance committee will meet in March to provide community input and feedback regarding the district’s plans dealing with health insurance.  This comes a month after the district sent out a timeline to HUB International, an insurance brokerage company that deals with employee insurance and benefits. The company is expected to present their update to the committee, including health plan and provider options. view article arw

Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aa2 issuer rating to Franklin Independent School District, TX. We also assign a Aa2 underlying rating as well as a Aaa enhanced rating to the district's $7.4 million Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2021. Moody's affirms the Aa2 rating on the district's outstanding general obligation debt. The outlook is stable.RATINGS RATIONALEThe Aa2 issuer rating reflects a history of conservative fiscal management yielding very strong reserves. The rating also reflects significant tax payer concentration, with the top tax payer comprising half of the district's assessed value. Lastly the rating reflects a modest debt burden, with manageable fixed costs. The global pandemic is not currently a key rating driver given the district's high reliance on property taxes. view article arw

Friendswood school officials recently received a pleasant surprise when the bonds voters approved in the November election not only sold at a lower interest rate than anticipated but at the lowest rate anybody had ever seen.And that will result in a lower tax-rate increase for district residents than had been anticipated.  On Nov. 3, Friendswood voters approved a $128.275 million bond package for school construction and safety and technology improvements.  In a sale completed by an underwriting team led by Stifel, Nicolaus & Company Inc. near the end of January, the district sold $120,455,000 in bonds at an interest rate of 1.823483 percent. The bonds will provide the amount authorized in the election.  According to the finance team, this rate set a new low in the Texas market. view article arw