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Hallsville ISD trustees on Friday discussed the possible exclusion of certain aspects of the proposed bond after hearing from community members and bond steering committee members, while also looking to adopt a proposed surplus budget for the 2019-20 school year. The Hallsville ISD trustees are set to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to host a public hearing and vote on adding a proposed $55 million bond to the upcoming November ballot. The board is also set to host a public hearing on a proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year before placing their votes. view article arw

Brock ISD board of trustees approved calling a bond election in November during their meeting on Monday morning at Brock ISD administration building. Trustees made the decision in a 5:2 vote, with members John Brunner and John McGuire voting opposed.  view article arw

Prosper ISD provided a tour Friday morning of its new high school football stadium that opens this season. The first game at Children's Health Stadium at Prosper ISD will be 7 p.m. Aug. 30, when Prosper hosts Rowlett. view article arw

Construction on Frisco ISD’s 11th high school is underway at the northwest intersection of Stacy Road and Collin McKinney Parkway in McKinney.  view article arw

With great success, VLK Architects is proud to announce the completion of over 50 Texas public school campuses for 21 school districts for the 2019-20 school year. Utilizing the many tools in their repertoire, VLK has amassed an estimated 115,000 project hours over the past year and designed over 3,363,517 square feet in new construction, additions, and renovations ensuring that each campus is ready for teachers and students to begin a successful school year. “This is a tremendous year for all of our school district partners as they open so many incredible facilities. Their dedication to serving their communities with the best learning environments possible, be it a new school or renovating an existing one, is always inspiring to everyone at VLK,” said Sloan Harris, Partner, VLK Architects. “Seeing students enter their new school the first day makes the years of hard work so rewarding. It’s our favorite time of year!” view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD Board member Katherine McGregor presented a third option to modernize schools this week as trustees continue to work on a long-range facilities plan expected to play a major part in a bond election possible next year.     McGregor's proposal at a special meeting Tuesday called for building a large high school at Legacy Park and renovating Hirschi HIgh School into a small high school available "by choice," according to a copy of the plan obtained by the Times Record News.  view article arw

On August 15th, College Station ISD celebrated the opening of its newest campus, River Bend Elementary School. The school is the fifth prototype elementary school that VLK Architects has produced for the district and will house 800 students throughout 90,134 square feet.  “So many things happen without students involved, but all for the benefit of the students,” said Robyn Jones, Principal, River Bend Elementary School. “It’s just the most fabulous feeling getting to see it all come to fruition and seeing the looks on their faces when they walk in.” view article arw

The Midway Independent School District board voted Wednesday night to ask voters to support a bond proposal for $148 million bond. The amount would also allow the district to drop its tax rate by one cent. The unanimous vote came after several months of community meetings and input about the amount the bond should be for. view article arw

As election season ramps up, the Conroe Independent School District is again asking voters to cast a ballot this November with a revised bond package. The new five-year bond, in the amount of $653.5 million, was called by the trustees at a special meeting Tuesday. A proposition B for about $24 million in turf for athletic fields is also to be included on the ballot as a separate item. Either or both packages, if passed, would result in no combined tax increase. view article arw

Perryton ISD partnering with Ochiltree General Hospital to open new daycare view article arw

The Plainview ISD Board of Trustees has sent a bond proposal to the November ballot, requesting voters decide on $76,620,000 in changes to the campus landscape of the district. District officials say the decision for a bond election comes after a Facility Condition Assessment and several months of Community Planning Committee meetings, deciding on facility, security and technology needs. That committee consisted of teachers, parents, business leaders and other school and community officials. view article arw

The Midway Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Wednesday night to call a Nov. 5 bond election for $148 million that would also allow a 1 cent per $100 reduction in the tax rate. A Midway ISD facility study committee recommended May 21 that the school board call a Nov. 5 bond election for $177 million that would address the needs of the growing school district. view article arw

Citizens remain divided as the Conroe ISD board of trustees unanimously ordered a $677.37 million bond for the Nov. 5 ballot.At an Aug. 13 meeting, the CISD board of trustees approved a finalized bond from Superintendent Curtis Null and the staff. The major projects in the bond on Proposition A include Phase II construction at Conroe High School, a new junior high in the Caney Creek feeder zone and mechanical improvements at Oak Ridge High School. The total cost of Proposition A is $653.57 million. Proposition B is a single line item for artificial turf for sports fields, costing $23.8 million. view article arw

As the temperature continues to soar over 100 degrees this week, some students and teachers in the San Antonio School District are dealing with a lack of air conditioning in their classrooms. Students at Fox Tech High School are being bused to San Antonio College, while some students at Jefferson, Burbank and Sam Houston High Schools have been relocated to other classrooms on campus. view article arw

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees on Monday night (Aug. 12) got its first glimpse of an update to the district's Facilities Master Plan, which outlines future needs for campuses, auditoriums, stadiums, and other buildings over a 25-year timeline. This is the first revisiting of the FMP since 2017's $1.05 billion school bond program was approved by voters, and reflects both projects completed already from that bond package and further needs that the bond dollars will not address. view article arw

As students went back to class Wednesday in Katy ISD, the district opened two new schools. Joe M. Adams Junior High is a brand new campus near Fulshear. Olga Leonard Elementary School on Winchester Ranch Trail is also now open. Leonard Elementary is in a new subdivision off Morton Ranch Road. It's so new the main road in front of the school isn't finished. view article arw

It’s back to school time. And hundreds of students in Lake Travis ISD are starting the new school year in a new school. Construction of Bee Cave Middle School was approved in a 2017 bond election. It’ll take a load off Lake Travis Middle School which has been operating above its designed capacity. The school also has additional capacity to handle growth expected in its immediate area. view article arw

Construction for Carroll ISD’s new music center may cause some traffic delays as the new school year begins Aug. 19. The music center is being built on the site of Carroll Senior High School, located at the intersection of Southlake Boulevard and South Peytonville Avenue. Drivers heading southbound along South Peytonville will not be able to turn into the school at its north driveway, and the turning lane has closed, Southlake Public Works Director Rob Cohen said at the Aug. 6 City Council meeting. Those trying to exit from the campus will still be able to go out at that driveway. The southern driveway will still be open for entry, and its turn lane will be open, but there may still be delays in that area, Cohen said.  view article arw

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is eyeing major upgrades and improvements across the district to the tune of about $33 million. On August 12, district trustees voted unanimously to call for a November 5 bond election. And the district won’t have to raise its tax rate this year to support the bond. The bond package touches every campus: a new wing at Bertram Elementary School; remotely controlled locking systems on classroom doors at all campuses; upgrades to the Burnet High School theater; classroom acoustic improvements at Burnet Middle School; and upgrades to the athletic complex. View a complete list and estimated cost breakdown. view article arw

The Arlington Independent School District is asking residents for a nearly $1 billion vote of confidence. The school board approved a bond vote in November. If approved, the money will pay for facilities, school safety, transportation, and a fine arts facility. view article arw

The Arlington ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to place a nearly $1 billion bond package on the city's ballot in November. The district said the $966 million bond package would include upgrades at each of its campuses and build on a 2014 bond program addressing facilities, fine arts, transportation and safety, security and technology. view article arw

Eanes ISD voted to approve a contract agreement with Stantec Architecture Inc. during the Aug. 13 special board meeting. Following an interview process, EISD selected Stantec to complete the co-curricular and extracurricular projects funded by the May bond. The projects include the expansion of the Westlake High School robotics lab and the construction of aquatics and wrestling facilities. Stantec’s proposal estimated architecture costs at $845,000, according to district information. According to the board, Stantec was the most qualified based on experience. view article arw

The Arlington ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to place a $966 million bond package on the November 5 ballot. The proposed new bond program would not require an increase in the debt service tax rate. The district explained in a news release, the proposed 2019 bond would build on the District’s 2014 Bond program and address needs in four major areas: view article arw

Austin ISD trustees were presented Aug. 12 with a draft of the district’s 2019 Facilities Master Plan, a 431-page document that outlines recommendations to better provide programs to the entire district through facility renovations, program realignment and community partnerships. view article arw

The Plainview ISD School Board on Thursday voted to call for a $76,620,000 bond for renovations, extensions and demolitions to buildings. The bond package will be included on ballots in November. Speaking to six of the seven-member board (Amber Bass was absent) and to a crowd of more than 100 meeting attendees, Superintendent H.T. Sanchez spoke and showed pictures of the current elementary and junior high facilities pointing out the proposed changes. view article arw

The Denison ISD  is one step closer to voting on a $ 79 million school bond. Ashley Prchal reports. After ten months of study, the citizens committee presented their findings to the school board Tuesday night, unanimously recommending Denison ISD move forward with a major restructuring of their buildings to bring students up to speed with the 21st century. view article arw

The Arlington school board will decide Tuesday whether to place a $965.9 million bond on the Nov. 5 ballot. Administrators do not expect to increase the tax rate for the bond. The district would rebuild Carter Junior High, Berry Elementary, Thornton Elementary and Webb Elementary and close Roark and Knox elementary schools. view article arw

Austin ISD is currently in the process of relocating its headquarters to 4000 S. I-35, Austin. District departments began moving Aug. 12 from the Carruth Administration Center—located at 1111 W. Sixth St., Austin—to the new site and will continue to do so one by one through Oct. 4, according to the district’s website. view article arw

South San Antonio Independent School District has had a busy summer, and staff, administration, faculty and students are looking forward to new developments on the horizon in 2019-20. According to Jenny Suniga Collier, South San ISD public information officer, the district will reopen Athens Elementary School, Kazen Middle School and its West Campus High School in August. Each of these campuses is getting a fresh coat of paint, new principals and staff – and a directive to welcome back students to the schools, which closed several years ago due to low attendance numbers, added Collier. view article arw

The Fort Stockton ISD Board of Education's agenda for a Aug. 15 special meeting includes consideration of a new bond measure on the November 5, 2019 ballot. Here is the full agenda: view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD’s board of trustees unanimously voted to rename both Middle School No. 19 and Windfern School of Choice at the Aug. 12 meeting. Middle School No. 19, now named Harold R. Rowe Middle School, is slated to open in August 2020 off FM 529 and Westgreen Road next to Cypress Park High School. view article arw

Tomball ISD has hosted games at Tomball ISD Stadium since it was built in 1973. Voters approved a $275 million bond referendum back in 2017 that will bring renovations at existing campuses, new district facilities, technology and other resources. view article arw

Thanks to a recent drop in federal interest rates, Hallsville ISD has increased its proposed bond by $5 million, to a total of $55 million, and Superintendent Jeff Collum said voters will still see a tax decrease. “We originally told you we could get a $50 million bond without raising taxes,” Collum said during a Thursday community input meeting about the bond proposal. “Well, now thanks to the federal interest rate bottoming out in the past couple of weeks, our finance people came back to us and said we can add $5 million to that and still not raise the tax rate at all.” view article arw

Districts in and around San Antonio are opening their doors for fall semester this week, and that means new and exciting projects and education programs. Southside ISD has their first day of the new year Tuesday morning, and it is a big year for the district. One of the sources of excitement for the district is the new $17.4 million middle school. view article arw

The Plainview ISD School Board on Thursday evening adopted an order to call a bond election on Nov. 5. The bond is for $76,620,000 for demolitions, additions and consolidations of the district's campuses. If the bond is passed in November, the district will eventually shrink from 10 to six campuses prompting a restructuring of grade level distribution among each campus. view article arw