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ALTO — Following a prayer to bless the buildings by Rev. Lionel Whitaker, ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on Tuesday afternoon for three new buildings at the Alto Independent School District complex. The new structures replace structures that were destroyed when a strong tornado struck the area in spring 2019. The new facilities, which were constructed by Berry & Clay of Rusk, include a new Alto High School building, Alto High School Gymnasium featuring the DeVonte Mumphrey Basketball Court and the Booker T. Washington Elementary Gymnasium. The basketball floor is named in memory of DeVonte Mumphrey, a Yellowjacket standout who tragically passed away during a basketball game earlier this year. The gymnasium at the elementary school was named as a tribute to the former students of Booker T. Washington Elementary School, which served the Alto community until 1966. view article arw

ALTO, Texas (KETK) — Alto ISD had its building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. The school district unveiled its new high school building, the Alto High School Gymnasium, Devonte Mumphrey Basketball Court and the Booker T. Washington Elementary Gymnasium. The Alto community is excited to finally be rebuilding. ‘A great kid’ Alto community mourns loss of student who died after collapsing during basketball game George Martin is a member of the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association. “It was destroyed by a tornado in 2019 so in the rebuilding process we approached the school board to more or less honor the Booker T Washington legacy by renaming the gym because it is sitting on the original site of the gym that was built in 1957,” said George Martin. The school was not only suffering the loss of its campus buildings, but also a student’s life. view article arw

A project cost summary update for the future Frisco Performing Arts Center was presented to the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees during Monday night's board meeting, and the estimates on the low-end of the pending project are more than double of the funding currently earmarked for construction. The Frisco Performing Arts Center is a project partnership between Frisco ISD, the city of Frisco and HALL Group. Depending on the seating capacity of the venue, 2022 estimated project total costs would vary on the low-end cost of $135.7 million to build a 1,250-seat venue to the high-end cost of $181.1 million to construct a 1,750-seat center. view article arw

In unofficial results from the May 7 election, Pasadena ISD voters have given strong approval to a trio of propositions to authorize a total of $305 million in bonds for projects that will affect campuses across the district. Approval of Proposition A in a 2,972-1,502 vote authorizes issuance of $281.3 million in bonds, with the bulk of the money earmarked for replacements of Williams, Jessup, Bailey and Parks elementary schools, each more than 60 years old. view article arw

Fitch Ratings - Austin - 10 May 2022: Fitch Ratings has assigned the following Laredo Independent School District, Texas (ISD or the district) unlimited tax (ULT) bonds a 'AAA' rating based on the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) guaranty and a 'AA-' underlying rating: --$48.795 million ULT school building bonds series 2022. In addition, Fitch has affirmed the following ratings for the district at 'AA-': --Issuer Default Rating (IDR); --Approximately $219 million ULT bonds outstanding (excluding series 2020 and 2021 ULT bonds). The Rating Outlook is Stable. The series 2022 ULT bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of May 23rd. Bond proceeds will be used for constructing, renovating, acquiring, and equipping school facilities in the district and the acquisition of sites for school facilities as well as pay costs of issuance. view article arw

Tomball ISD Chief Financial Officer Jim Ross presented the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23 to trustees during a workshop meeting May 9, which includes a general fund budget increase of $13.9 million, or 7.8%, from FY 2021-22, according to a budget report. This increase is due to several factors, he said. Ross said he attributes the budget increase to a general pay increase of 4% on the midpoint value for staff to help offset the impact of inflation, which Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. In addition, Ross said the increase is due to availability of materials and supplies being disrupted by the pandemic, therefore raising costs along with opening new facilities, such as a new facility for Tomball STAR Academy, the district’s early college high school being relocated from Tomball High School to the Tomball ISD Innovation Center. view article arw

CENTER, Texas (KTRE) - Voters have approved Center ISD’s $12 million school bond. On Saturday, the bond approval was passed by Center ISD residents to approve a two-part proposition in the development of new facilities at Center ISD. Proposition A requested $8 million for new buildings, like a multi-purpose unit. Proposition B requested $4 million for a new indoor multi-use practice facility. view article arw

Voters rejected Louise ISD’s $17 million school renovation bond proposal with 100 residents supporting and 247 voting against. Had the measure passed, it would have increased the tax burden 30 cents per $100 of home value for Louise property owners.  “Only 100 people in LISD want things to change out of about 1,200 voters. That’s a clear mandate,” Louise Superintendent Garth Oliver said Monday, adding “My only disappointment was that so few people were involved in learning about (the bond) from school people. They were more invested in learning through the grapevine.” view article arw

One vote propelled the Cameron Independent School District’s $15.9 million bond package to victory.  The Milam County Elections Department on Tuesday confirmed voter approval for Cameron ISD’s bond after the county’s election board counted four outstanding ballots, none of which affected the race. The four outstanding ballots in the county included one mail-in ballot and three provisional ballots.  The measure passed 484 to 483, according to unofficial Election Day results.    (11) view article arw

On Saturday's election ballot, Chapel Hill voters rejected a proposed $125 million bond which was designed to bring upgrades and new facilities throughout the school district. Chapel Hill ISD on Monday released a statement in regards to the failure of the proposal. “Chapel Hill ISD is deeply appreciative for the support from our community in this past election. We will work to gather feedback from our residents, staff, and students in order to address the facility needs of our district,” Chapel Hill ISD said in a statement. view article arw

BULLARD, Texas (KETK) — The Bullard ISD $103 million bond passed with overwhelming consent amongst voters on Saturday. In recognition of the support, Bullard ISD Superintendent Dr. Jack Lee issued a statement expressing his gratitude to the community. “On behalf of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees, students, faculty, and staff, I would like to thank our community for supporting the bond program and the future of Bullard ISD,” he said. Bullard ISD calls for $103 million bond election to address growth, facilities Both propositions making up the bond passed with strong support as Proposition A passed 59.5% to 40.5% and Proposition B passed 59.1% to 44.9%. Dr. Lee further stated that “this bond program would not have been possible without a dedicated group of parents, staff, and community leaders that made up our Facility Advisory Committee. Thank you for your commitment to planning and preparing Bullard ISD for the future. Also, a very special thank you to the many community members that helped spread the facts concerning this bond and its need.” view article arw

Northside ISD officials on Monday defended their actions after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott indicated the district would be under investigation amid allegations that staff felt pressured to vote in Saturday’s bond election. On Saturday, Abbott said Education Commissioner Mike Morath and the Attorney General’s Office will look into the district’s actions after leaked emails in a Twitter thread from Corey DeAngelis, the National Director of Research for the America Federation for Children, a group that fights for school choice. Emails from a Northside ISD principal suggested that the district’s central office is monitoring employee participation in the election and that “all employees will be expected to vote for this year’s bond.” view article arw

Little Elm ISD's proposed $398 million bond proposition failed to materialize on Saturday as roughly 53% of the district's electorate voted against it. Superintendent Daniel Gallagher addressed this outcome in a series of Facebook posts this week. "Unfortunately, the 2022 Bond Election was unsuccessful at the polls," he said in a Sunday post. "As you know, we are a fast-growth area and our enrollment continues to climb. We will be welcoming new students next year and in the coming years to Little Elm ISD. The students are still coming and our amazing teachers, staff, and administrators will be there as they always do to welcome them and provide their best for our kids." view article arw

Saturday night’s preliminary election results proved Prairiland ISD’s proposed bond passed – Proposition A received 347 for and 83 against; Proposition B received 339 for and 88 against. Dustin Nation took on Cole White for the Prairialnd Board of Trustee seat with just a few more than 110 votes than White – White, 148; Nation, 264. Unopposed, Ronnie Bridges kept his seat with Prairiland ISD’s board of trustees.  Trustees are expected to canvass election results for the $16 million bond and trustee election during Tuesday’s meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the admin building, 466 FM 196 S. view article arw

Bexar County school districts held several trustee and bond elections Saturday. Here is a rundown of their results. Trustee Elections The current North East Independent School District board narrowly maintained its majority Saturday after three incumbents were challenged by a slate of candidates. The slate was backed by a political action committee called Parents United for Freedom and the San Antonio Family Association, socially conservative groups that oppose mask mandates, support bans on curriculum labeled critical race theory, and want abstinence-only sex education. The challenger for district 3, Diane Sciba Villareal, won her election with 58% of the vote. District 3 is in the footprint of Legacy of Educational Excellence High School. District 7 challenger Marsha Landry won her race by 35 votes. District 7 is in the footprint of Madison High School. District 2 incumbent Terri Williams won 41% of the vote to retain her seat. District 2 is in the footprint of Roosevelt High School. view article arw

DEL VALLE, Texas — On Saturday, Del Valle ISD voters approved a $300 bond to help expand resources within the district, including money for a second high school and land for future facilities.  Around 65% of voters chose to approve the bond.  The proposition comes after the district’s growth advisory committee reported to the board that Del Valle ISD is gaining approximately 500 new students per year. As of 2022, Del Valle High School has about 3,500 students, but the committee projected the district will have more than 4,000 high school students in five years. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials from the Amarillo Independent School District are speaking out after Potter and Randall counties voted against the district’s four bond propositions during Saturday’s special election.  According to previous reports by MyHighPlains.com, the four propositions on the ballot totaled a combined $286 million and included the replacement of Austin Middle School, security measures for various campuses, improvements to Dick Bivins Stadium, a new natatorium as well as multipurpose practice facilities for the district’s four high schools.  According to results provided to MyHighPlains.com by Potter and Randall Counties on Saturday, the unofficial results for the four propositions were reported as the following: view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – Medina Valley ISD is headed back to the drawing board after voters rejected two proposed bonds worth nearly $400 million to build new schools and a stadium. District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Rohrbach released a statement to KSAT that read in part: “With the unprecedented growth in MVISD, additional campuses will be needed in the near future, including a second high school. Recent trends have shown it is a challenging time for school bond proposals state-wide. With this result, voters have asked the district to go back to the drawing board, which is what we will do prior to going back to voters with another bond package.” Rohrbach added that the current district enrollment is slightly over 7,000 students, and in 10 years, enrollment at MVISD is forecast to be close to 17,000 students. view article arw

With $164.8 million in bond funding secured for Temple ISD following the Saturday election, the district is ready to build a new elementary school in the district’s southeast quadrant — a project expected to cost $38.2 million. “It’s going to be a fine arts academy,” Temple ISD Superintendent Bobby Ott told the Telegram. “There is no fine arts academy anywhere around here … so having fine arts as view article arw

The school district said it's not going to let this denial get in their way. They are going to go back to the drawing board.  BRENHAM, Texas — The results are in for the Brazos Valley's special election. Brenham ISD had a big bond on the ballot: $153 million for building a new junior high, as well as making improvements to the campus. However, voters decided not to move forward and the bond failed to pass at the polls.  After a year-long push for a new junior high building, Brenham ISD will be on hold a little while longer. Voters at the polls decided the $153 million bond was not the right choice for the community. view article arw

Northside Independent School District voters on Saturday overwhelmingly approved an almost $1 billion bond package that will allow Bexar County’s largest school district to renovate existing schools and build a new elementary school. Out of 34,265 ballots cast, 57.4% of voters approved the $992 million bond issue. Bexar County voters decided other school board elections and bond measures Saturday. Harlandale ISD voters approved the district’s $125 million bond. In a closely watched school board election, two of the three candidates backed by a local political action committee that wants to advance parental rights unseated incumbents on the North East ISD board of trustees. view article arw

GRANGER, Texas - Voters in Granger ISD have approved a $44 million bond to help address the district's growth and aging facilities. The district says it is expected to at least double its student population within ten years. With voter authorization to sell up to $44 million in bonds, the District says it plans to sell bonds in several increments over the next several years to schedule purchases as the taxable assessed values grow. The bond that passed with nearly 60% of the vote includes: view article arw

BELL COUNTY, Texas (FOX 44) – Temple ISD approved a bond worth over $164 million and Belton ISD approved two propositions totaling almost $174 million.  The Temple ISD projects include four main areas of need. Keeping up with growth, increasing safety and security, addressing aging facilities, and expanding student programs. That includes a new elementary school, which would be the first new school in Temple ISD since 1996.  Dr. Bobby Ott says TISD had the most decisive bond victory in three counties.  “What it means for us is now we can take care of our kids,” Dr. Ott said.  He says this region is one of the fastest growing ones in Texas, and that needs to be accommodated. view article arw

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – On Saturday, 16 East Texas school districts requested around $1 billion through bond measures on the ballot. Six bond measures passed in East Texas. This included Beckville ISD, Bullard ISD, Center ISD, Mineola ISD, Pleasant Grove ISD and Tyler ISD.    (10) view article arw

PECOS Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD is a bustling place right now. They have six different construction projects going on financed by a $178,560,000 bond passed last May. Two elementary schools, a maintenance, child nutrition and technology facility and a new career and technical education center for the high  school are also in the works.   The maintenance, child nutrition, support, alternative education and technology facility will be named after Johnny V. Mata, a fallen soldier in the Iraq war. Chief Academic Officer Karen Matt said the building will be open in August.  The new elementary schools will replace Bessie Haynes and Austin elementary schools.  With the two new campuses, they will consolidate to four. Currently, there is a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten campus and an elementary campus that houses first through third and another campus that has fourth and fifth grade, Communications Officer Nydia Natividad said. view article arw

"They have needed for a long time to get a new middle school, and I think this is the time to do it," Bridge City ISD Superintendent Mike Kelly. "Our career and technology students that programs are busting and so we're turning a lot of kids away in those programs. I think people understand that and people don't want that to happen." The new middle school campus received 1,422 votes and the new career and technology facility received 1,449. A similar bond was proposed in 2019 but did not pass when presented as one bond. Bridge City Independent School District Superintendent Mike Kelly said this time the bonds were separated so voters could have more options. "We heard over and over, 'If you just ask for a middle school, we would vote for middle school, you know. We get it. You need a middle school, but don't lump it all together,'" Kelly said. view article arw

Voters rejected a $230.1 million bond proposal for Red Oak ISD. Proposition A, which totaled $156.8 million, failed with 53.7 percent of the voters (1,784 votes) against it and 1,534 voting in favor. Proposition A called for constructing and upgrading school buildings. The most expensive item on the list is a new $85 million middle school on the west side of the city. Other items include additions at Wooden and Eastridge elementary schools, a new career and technology building and more. view article arw

CBS19 has broken down each local school districts' bond to let voters know if they passed or failed at the polls. view article arw

Voters appear to have approved both bond propositions for Humble ISD, a bond package that would net the district $775 million to accommodate future growth and technology needs. According to unofficial results with 452 out of 465 voting centers reporting results in Harris County, Proposition A—which provides $730 million for a number of facilities districtwide—has received 7,610 votes, or 63.57% of the total. Similarly, 7,603 voters, or 63.76%, showed their support for Proposition B, which includes $45 million for technology upgrades. view article arw

Voters overwhelmingly said no to a proposed Louise ISD bond election when votes were counted Saturday night. The $10 million plan to do every from build a new cafetorium to update ag facilities was defeated soundly with only 68 for and 288 against, according to results released by the Wharton County Elections Administration office Saturday night    view article arw

The Argyle, Aubrey, Krum and Sanger school districts put bonds on the ballot this year, and voters passed all of them. view article arw

A pair of school construction bonds failed and several local school board seats were filled in Saturday’s election, according to unofficial results released by the Cooke County Clerk’s office.  Era ISD’s $12.7 proposal to renovate some classroom spaces and bring its buildings up to code was voted down, 130-175.  Callisburg ISD’s more ambitious $28 million bid to upgrade its instructional spaces and athletic facilities also failed, with each of its three bond proposals getting voted down: A – 658-691, B – 527-825 and C – 537-815. view article arw

LAGO VISTA, Texas (KXAN) — Three propositions totaling over $26 million were approved by Lago Vista ISD voters Saturday. The district plans to use the bond money to improve extracurricular opportunities for its growing student body, making improvements and additions to district facilities. Proposition A, at $4.1 million, expands the Lago Vista High School football stadium’s seating and parking capacity, with additional improvements to the track and turf. view article arw

The $992 million Northside ISD bond is focused on renovations of schools, some older than 40 years. Funds would go towards HVAC units, roof replacements, technology, and transportation. view article arw

The amount was broken into four different propositions, and each failed when all votes were tallied on election night. They would have funded renovations to the Longview High School campus, a new Career & Technical Education facility, an Extracurricular Events Center, a new Early Childhood campus, and various other repairs and facility updates. view article arw