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The Port Neches-Groves Independent School District passed a $130 million bond to reconstruct the scheme of the elementary school campuses during the Nov. 5 election. PNG administrators met with the project manager from CBRE Heery this week to discuss the first step towards mobilizing the funds. Port Neches-Groves Assistant Superintendent Julie Gauthier said the first step with the project manager is to put out a request for qualification to look for an architect. view article arw

With the upcoming opening of unnamed “Elementary 33” in fall 2020, Klein ISD is preparing to make zoning changes for the upcoming school year. Public zoning committee meetings to discuss these changes were held by KISD on Oct. 30 and Nov. 4, during which seven rezoning options were presented to the public and the board of trustees. To view the rezoning presentation, click here. view article arw

LCS: GRAFORD ISD BOND PROPOSAL FAILS

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Graford ISD’s $49.6 million bond proposal to construct a new campus failed by a two to one vote during the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election. The district encompasses around 300 square miles which includes Graford, a small portion of Jack County and the majority of Possum Kingdom Lake. In Palo Pinto County,  201 voted for the bond and 407 voted against. While in Jack County, four voted for and seven voted against bringing the total vote to 205, or 33.1% for, and 414, or 66.9%, voting against. view article arw

You can see a lot of progress at the South Oak Cliff campus. Workers have spent several months gutting the school, doing major renovations, and adding new features. ”The renovations are going great,” said Dallas ISD District 5 Trustee Pastor Maxie Johnson during a brief tour. view article arw

The LBB report on HISD

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There’s less here than you might think. Houston ISD’s inefficient, poorly organized and unwieldy bureaucracy is shortchanging the district’s 209,000 students and city taxpayers, requiring structural changes across virtually all corners of the district, the Texas Legislative Budget Board said in a blistering report issued Friday. A 325-page performance review of HISD by the LBB, a permanent joint committee of the Texas Legislature, identified extensive operational shortcomings and issued 94 recommendations aimed at improving operations in the state’s largest public school district. view article arw

Five minutes after the cumulative results on Midland County’s website showed Midland ISD’s $569 million bond passed by 18 votes, Better Bond for Midland representatives Sara Gonzales and Kenye Kay Murchison ran out of the Elections Office, exclaiming: “it failed!”  Shortly after, Midland County Elections Administrator Deborah Land confirmed that the office originally published incorrect results, showing the item passed, but it did not include the separate report that contains mail-in ballots, which flipped the vote. view article arw

Nobody wants a stranger to be able to just walk into their child's school. ECISD has increased their security at the doors to all schools this year, installing a new security door system being installed to keep unwanted guests out of your child's school. The district promised when they voted yes for the tax ratification that  controlled access doors would be installed at all the main entrances of the schools. view article arw

Schools districts across the state went 45-12 in bond elections this month. That does not include Midland ISD’s bond, which is technically still undecided heading into Tuesday’s update of the count. Currently, according to the Midland County Elections Office, there are 12 more votes for the proposition than against after 23,108 votes were counted. However, elections officials said the provisional, and other ballots that might be out, will be counted Tuesday, and results will be presented then. view article arw

The Roma Independent School District has broken ground on a new JROTC Building and other facilities for the band hall. Roma ISD said the project was part of a 2015 bond election and we’re told it is the last project to complete the bond. School officials said that the JROTC program is currently being housed in trailers that will have to be moved away for construction. view article arw

Now that voters have given approval, the next step for the Plainview ISD school bond is to take bids for construction work. As those who were for accepting the $76.6 million bond celebrate, district officials are back to work focusing on the next steps. Rob Bass, chair of the Building A Better Plainview PAC, said he anticipates the board to consider construction bids in January. Construction is expected to begin in the summer, though it’s still very early in the process to really say. view article arw

Wimberley ISD students, parents, teachers, board members and administrators gathered at the new agriculture barn on Nov. 6, to officially open the facility, completed just in time for livestock show season.  FFA officers cut the ribbon and welcomed everyone into the spacious 6,000 square-foot building. It got a thumbs up from parents who walked in for a tour, and a warm reception from Bubbles and other sheep.  The FFA program is thriving at Wimberley ISD with some 130 students participating in the opportunity to raise sheep, steers, goats, pigs and rabbits in competitions throughout the school year. view article arw

A proposed $10.5 million bond package approved by Alto ISD residents during Tuesday's election is a vote of confidence for students and the district, said Superintendent Kelly West. “Thank you, Alto ISD voters,” she said in a release issued shortly after complete, but unofficial results, were posted online Tuesday night by the Cherokee County Election Department. “Today, you said 'yes' to our students and our school district.” The proposal passed by a 408 to 212 vote – 65.81 percent of 620 ballots cast favored the measure, while 34.19 were opposed to it. view article arw

The school day is over, and a group of teachers from T.A. Brown Elementary and Webb Primary are standing outside a construction trailer, wearing safety vests, hard hats and protective glasses. They are about to get a tour of their new school.  “This is not very typical that we would bring this many people on a tour, especially this close to a job finishing,” says Drew Johnson, who works in AISD’s construction management department.  view article arw

An afternoon tailgate party with barbecues filled the parking lot of La Feria High School. The La Feria school district this week celebrated its football team being undefeated but also inaugurated its newly renovated football stadium. view article arw

Students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts are getting access to some new tools that will make them more competitive in their college and professional careers.  The campus unveiled a new state of the art recording and production studio last month, which is already getting lots of use. view article arw

Denison voters approved a $20.8 million school bond proposal on Tuesday by a 55-45 percent margin. Mayes and Hyde Park elementary schools will split the total for construction projects that will expand capacity on their campuses. view article arw

Tuesday, North Texas voters weighed in on variety of county and local races and initiatives, plus 10 Texas constitutional amendments on every ballot across the state. Though final returns in Dallas and Tarrant counties were not finalized until early Wednesday, voters have approved a massive Arlington ISD bond package, and the race for the Texas House District 100 seat is headed for a runoff election.  view article arw

Planned projects include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a new elementary school and a middle school. District leaders said if the bond was approved, the tax rate would be reduced by 2 cents, from $1.67 to $1.65 per $100 property valuation for Crosby Independent School District residents.  "Very seldom do you hear school districts promote a bond election with a 2-cent drop in taxes," Board President Carla Mills Windfont said during one of several videos she posted in the days leading up to the election. view article arw

School Bond Passes in Lovelady

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HOUSTON AND ANDERSON COUNTIES – Voters went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to approve or reject 10 constitutional amendments to the Texas Constitution.  Perhaps of more importance locally, voters in the Lovelady and Westwood Independent School Districts were also asked to decide if they wanted to approve or reject bond initiatives.  The Lovelady ISD ballot measure gave voters the opportunity to vote for or against “The issuance of $7,500,000 of bonds by the Lovelady Independent School District for the construction, acquisition, renovation and equipment of school buildings in the district and the levying of the tax for payment thereof.” view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — Thanks to voters who approved a $284 million bond proposal in Tuesday's election, folks with Del Valle ISD are gearing up for a huge investment in their schools.  "Our community really respected the fact that we went out there and tried to be most responsive to their needs," said Del Valle ISD's superintendent, Dr. Annette Tielle-Villerot. “One of the things I’m most excited proud of is, it focuses on three campuses that needed to be rebuilt, but what’s ideal is that we’re very responsive to parents who stepped up out there and said we really want to build on the same site.” view article arw

Tuesday, North Texas voters weighed in on variety of county and local races and initiatives, plus 10 Texas constitutional amendments on every ballot across the state. Though final returns in Dallas and Tarrant counties were not finalized until early Wednesday, voters have approved a massive Arlington ISD bond package, and the race for the Texas House District 100 seat is headed for a runoff election.  view article arw

The Frisco, Texas Independent School District is finalizing plans for a new aquatics facility that is targeted to open in the fall of 2021, which will give the district two 50 meter pools to serve its rapidly-expanding student body. The district’s existing natatorium, the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium, opened in 2003 and in 2015 was named after a former swim coach who launched the district’s swimming program in 2001. view article arw

If all goes according to plan, the Midway Independent School District will have a brand new elementary school in Hewitt in time for the start of the 2022-23 school year, after voters approved the district’s $148 million bond package Tuesday night. The bond package passed with 65.49% of the vote, or 4,415 of 6,741 votes, according to unofficial election results from the McLennan County Elections Office. The school board will canvass the results Nov. 15. view article arw

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters turned down a $33.1 million bond proposal in the November 5 election. It failed 1,443 votes to 1,291. BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett released a statement regarding the election, thanking those who developed the bond proposal and acknowledging the challenge of it passing due to “the large number of voters that do not have a direct connection to BCISD.” Under the proposed bond, the district wanted to increase the capacity of Bertram Elementary School to 700 students as well as connect all buildings on that campus with hallways. The district also wanted new tile and carpet flooring and paint in several campuses and classrooms. view article arw

Alto Independent School District will soon begin the planning and designing of its new high school and gymnasium after voters approved a $10.5 million bond on Tuesday. District staff and administrators appear to be thrilled by the news. The district released a statement on its Facebook page shortly after the preliminary results suggested passage, saying in part: view article arw

Residents of the Somerset Independent School District on the southern edge of Bexar County approved a $20 million bond Tuesday. Out of 647 voters, 376 voted in favor of the measure. The rural school district of around 4,000 students plans to use the funding to build a fine arts center and add an intercom entrance system to its seven campuses, enabling the front desk clerk to confirm a visitor’s identity and buzz them in. view article arw

A new barn is now ready for Wilberley High School students. The agricultural barn will give students hands-on experience with different animals, including cows, sheep and goats. The space is an upgrade to the existing facilities. The barn will include an animal wash area, concrete drive-through access, open floor plan, flexible animal cage configurations, covered pens and a new fenced area surrounding the campus' agricultural program, the school said. view article arw

Conroe ISD voters approved the largest proposal on Tuesday’s ballot, voting in favor of spending $653 million for campus renovations and additions, support services, security upgrades and new properties. The measure, on the ballot as Proposition, passed with 56 percent of the vote. view article arw

Voters approve Brock ISD bond

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Brock voters approved the $21.36 million bond election for Brock ISD by 691 votes, or 54.45 percent of the vote, during Tuesday’s election. The bond election will fund new security enhancements, school buses, more classrooms at the high school and junior high school, technology upgrades, an agriculture building lab for welding and fabrication and a junior high gymnasium. view article arw

Tuesday night voters passed the $20.8 million school bond in Denison with 55 percent of the vote. The bond will pay for the expansion of Mayes and Hyde Park Elementary Schools, and will raise property taxes about two cents. But district officials said homeowners will still see lower tax bills due to the new school finance bill the Texas Legislature passed this year. view article arw

Voters in Hallsville have approved a $55 million bond that the district says will be used for a number of projects at multiple campuses. According to the district, the bond will fund improvements to New West Elementary School and the junior high school.  Money from the bond will also go into building a new auditorium for the high school. view article arw

Both the Midway and West school districts will be able to expand their facilities to meet their growing enrollment numbers with the passage of the two districts’ bond packages Tuesday. The Midway Independent School District’s $148 million bond package passed with 65.49% of the vote, or 4,415 of 6,741 votes, according to unofficial election results from the McLennan County Elections Office. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Voters appear to heavily support more than $400 million in bond money for the Ysleta Independent School District.  The YISD Bond Proposal was a part of the Nov. 5 election, with funds being earmarked for a new middle school in the Hanks High School area, an elementary school near Riverside High School and other upgrades. view article arw

The Midland Independent School District was one of Tuesday night's winners. view article arw

Alto voters have approved a bond for the Alto ISD. The expected $10.5 million from the bond will help pay for a number of projects proposed by the district.  view article arw