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Well over three-quarters of Denton ISD’s 2018 bond package has already been issued, but a few hundred million dollars are still up in the air. Of the $750.5 million voters approved in a 2018 bond election, roughly $611.2 million has been allocated toward projects. That does not mean the remaining bonds will not be sold, or that there aren’t specific plans for the remaining money. view article arw

Conroe ISD Bond Breakdown: Part 1

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The Conroe Independent School District is proposing a new bond referendum this November 2019 for approximately $677 million after the $807 million bond issue in May 2019 was voted down by the voters. With the District facing increasing growth and in need of major repairs, the Board of Trustees approved moving forward on a new, lower 5-year plan which focuses on addressing growth needs in the District. In order to provide a comprehensive breakdown of the bonds, the Montgomery County Gazette will be breaking down the November Bond Referendum coverage into several parts. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD officials are moving forward with plans to reinter 95 African-American remains found at a construction site despite a continuing impasse with Fort Bend County over the need for court oversight of the project. If a deal can’t be reached with the county, the school district plans to hold a public memorial service in late October or early November and would vote on a contract to reinter the remains at the Sept. 23 school board meeting, Superintendent Charles Dupre said this week. The district would also look for a nonprofit partner to operate the cemetery, he said. view article arw

Sheldon ISD is shelling out nearly $200 million for a new high school, football stadium and elementary school just south of Summer Creek High School. Sheldon, like its northeast Houston neighbors Humble ISD and Crosby ISD, is experiencing rapid student population growth. view article arw

The design plan for Fort Bend ISD’s newest high school features innovative types of learning environments, including open collaboration spaces and learning communities. The two-story site plan includes academic areas for each grade level, athletic and fine arts areas, career and technical education, multipurpose rooms, administration offices and a secure outdoor learning area. view article arw

Summer may be over for kids, but that doesn't seem to be the case for students at Mark Twain Dual Language Academy, where parents said the air conditioners in classrooms are not working. "They (the kids) come all red face, and you see the little sweat drops coming down their face," said Erica Olguin, a parent whose three children attend the school. "There have been a few accidents in the pre-K three and pre-K four classes, where they're taking their naps. They're drinking too much water when they go to take naps. They're, you know, soiling their clothes." view article arw

The Alvord school district last Thursday adopted the 2019/2020 tax rate and budget, which is expected to provide additional revenue for maintenance and facility upgrades. Taxpayers will see a drop in the overall tax rate thanks to House Bill 3, which required school districts to compress their tax rates to provide property tax relief. The district’s maintenance and operations tax rate will be reduced from $1.17 to $1.0683 per $100 of taxable value. view article arw

By a unanimous vote Aug. 24, Dripping Springs ISD leaders adopted a resolution to purchase property that is large enough to potentially house a new elementary and middle school campus. The property is located north of U.S. Highway 290 between Ranch Road 12 and Sawyer Ranch Road. Dripping Springs ISD’s Board of Trustees approved the purchase, which amounted to $1.715 million. The cost is to be paid from 2018 bond funds.  view article arw

One week after hearing the first presentation of the bond oversight and steering committee, the Bryan school board on Tuesday heard about two projects the steering committee is eyeing for a possible 2020 bond. A 2020 bond would be the second part of the district’s “two bonds, one vision” path. In May, voters approved a $12 million to address immediate needs around the district, with a second, larger bond on the horizon to handle future needs and growth. view article arw

Dawson ISD debuts new gym facility

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Dawson ISD's much anticipated new gym has been completed and hosted its first practices and game play this week. The Lady Bulldogs Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball teams took on Axtell Tuesday evening in their new home gym, marking the first game in the new facility. view article arw

“It was a great first day of the 2019-20 school year for COCISD students and staff on Monday, Aug. 26,” said Cassie Gregory, spokesperson for Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD. “There were a few tears and some sad faces at first, but great teachers, free breakfast and new friends made everything better,” she said. view article arw

For school districts in states where high school footballOpens a New Window. is a must-see attraction on Friday nights, stadium naming rights deals have emerged as an unlikely revenue stream. view article arw

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD hosted a ribbon-cutting event for W.F. Cannon Elementary School on Aug. 29. Students and staff guided visitors through the newly renovated school after the ceremony. The major project was part of a $249 million bond program, which voters approved in May 2016. About $33.6 million was proposed for the project, according to the GCISD bond program website. view article arw

The Donna Independent School District is celebrating the opening of their newest addition to WA Todd Middle School. The $4 million extension includes 17 new classrooms, visitor parking and renovations. view article arw

As the new school year begins, the district has completed several bond projects. The newly constructed Canyon Ranch Elementary opened its doors for the first time Aug. 14 as it welcomed students. “It has far surpassed what we even dreamed it could be,” said Canyon Ranch Principal Ashley Minton. “Our facility provides so many opportunities for learners. view article arw

Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe and other members of the Eustace school board and committee broke ground on the site of the new high school Monday night. The Eustace High School band led the way from the Bulldog Bash to the site. Holcombe said the work would start and progress rapidly from this point moving forward. view article arw

Alto ISD will be releasing its students at 1 p.m due to flooding and water leaks at the schools after heavy rain Wednesday morning. According to Alto ISD, students will be dismissed early in order to accommodate the emergency repairs. The district says high school football practice will be at 1:30 p.m today. The middle school football will not have after-school practice.  view article arw

As growth continues to move west of Katy, Royal ISD has announced its first bond election since 2006. Voters will be asked to approve spending $34,824,000 to complete numerous projects at the growing school district. The school board approved putting the bond on the November 2019 ballot at its August 16 meeting. The Royal Independent School District is based in Pattison. In addition to Pattison, the district also serves the city of Brookshire and the community of Sunnyside. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD trustees still have more work ahead to hammer out a plan to modernize school facilities after hashing through elementary school options in a marathon work session Tuesday night. WFISD Board members might be able to create a timeline including costs within the next month or so after a couple more such meetings, Superintendent Michael Kuhrt told trustees during the three-hour meeting. view article arw

The grades are in, and while Wichita Falls ISD celebrates a higher overall district accountability rating, they are also getting to work to help improve campuses that did not get a passing grade. Scotland Park, Milam, Booker T. Washington, and Burgess Elementary each got an overall grade of either ‘D’ or ‘F’ for last school years’ accountability rating. “Back in the day if the kids passed that was great but they changed all that,” Associate Superintendent Peter Griffiths. view article arw

West Independent School District officials hope to accomplish the final project in rebuilding the district after a fertilizer plant explosion devastated the town six years ago, calling for a $21.5 million bond election this November, a year after a similar one failed. view article arw

At the start of the 2019-20 school year, Katy ISD opened two new campuses—and will continue to build more. The KISD board of trustees unanimously approved the purchase of an approximately 75-acre parcel from ABE Ltd. at the Aug. 26 meeting. This purchase is not to exceed $4.5 million, and it will house a future elementary school and junior high school. view article arw

The Friona Independent School District is moving forward with plans to improve safety and security at all off its campuses. One of the campuses dates back to 1931. Money from a $19 million bond passage and an extra $2 million from a permanent school fund (PSF) will ensure all desired projects will be covered. “The whole purpose of the bond, the main focus is safety of our kids,” said Jimmy Burns, Superintendent for Friona ISD. view article arw

A huge, loose-leaf book sits in the middle of several tables in Nederland High School’s cafeteria. In it lays hundreds of pages outlining the architectural and stakeholder consensus for new upgrades to Nederland schools. The 2019 Program of Architectural Requirements and Stakeholder Consensus was disclosed Tuesday during the school district’s celebration for the accomplishments and hard work the community, stakeholders and architects have put in over the last several months. view article arw

Construction has begun on a nearly $40 million middle school in Fate, Texas. This past March, VLK Architects, along with Royse City ISD students, staff, administrators and community members, celebrated the groundbreaking on the district’s new Bobby Summers Middle School. Bobby Summers, whom the school was named after, was also in attendance to commemorate this new campus. view article arw

Two brand new schools have opened in Alvin ISD. Bel Nafegar Sanchez Elementary School and Bob and Betty Nelson Elementary School welcomed students Aug. 15 for the first day of classes. The $18 million Nelson campus is the district’s first school specializes in “STEAM” curriculum — science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. view article arw

Snook and Navasota students went back to school Monday in the midst of bond-related construction projects. Both districts reported successful first days, noting only some increased traffic. “Everything was good, other than just allowing a little bit of extra time for folks to get in and get out around the campuses, especially this first week,” Navasota Superintendent Stu Musick said. “But other than that, everything was smooth.” view article arw

Bel Air High School is one of the schools within the Ysleta Independent School District that does not have refrigerated air in the majority of the school, providing air primarily via swamp coolers. At a board meeting last week, YISD discussed safety upgrades, which included bringing refrigerated air to all campuses. view article arw

The August meeting of the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees was the first board meeting with new Interim Superintendent Nola Wellman in attendance. Wellman was appointed Aug. 19 as the temporary replacement for departing superintendent Bruce Gearing, whose service to the district officially concludes at the end of the month. The Aug. 26 meeting briefed newcomer Wellman on several key DSISD topics, including progress on projects of the district’s 2018 construction bond. view article arw

Students in Del Valle went back to class on Monday and the kids aren't the only ones excited thanks to teacher pay raises passed over the summer. view article arw

The sound of students fill the halls at Larkspur Elementary School in Leander. They are the first ones to use the classrooms, cafeteria and gym. The school is brand new and the district’s 27th elementary. “We are so excited that we are going to be at 41,000 students this year exceeding that,” said Corey Ryan with LISD. “We are very grateful and blessed to have the parents that we have… the families –  the teachers.” It’s why the district has added portable buildings. Akin Elementary is three years old and now has portables for 3rd graders. At nearby Stiles Middle School the portable buildings are also part of the landscape this year.   view article arw

Killeen ISD students and staff were invited to a dedication ceremony for the new Maude Moore Wood Elementary school. The celebration comes just the day before students head back for another year of learning.  “I think I feel the same first day jitters that students feel, the unknowns. But also knowing in my heart that this is the best place for them,” said Principal Norma Baker. Through collaboration with education leaders in the district, the school is offering flexible seating in the classroom. view article arw

A broken air-conditioning system has made for a hot first week of school for students and staff at Francisco F. Medrano Middle School in northwest Dallas.The middle school has been without AC for weeks, and district officials were hoping to have repairs finished by the start of the school year on Monday.  But several issues delayed the repairs, said Robyn Harris, a spokeswoman for Dallas ISD.  As part of the 2008 bond plan, new DISD schools like Medrano are cooled by eco-friendly geothermal wells instead of traditional HVAC systems, said Miguel Solis, another DISD board member.  view article arw

The word bond has come up

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With 33,700 students expected at Ector County ISD this year and facilities at a premium, Superintendent Scott Muri said a bond issue has been mentioned.  Since he arrived, Muri has been taking a look, listen and learn approach and tried to meet with as many as possible in the community. The projected number of students is more than ECISD ended the year with last year. view article arw

The golden-cheeked warbler has finished its nesting season, permitting Lake Travis ISD to begin the construction of a parking lot at Lake Travis High School.  The designated location of the parking lot off Bee Creek Road infringed upon the habitat of warbler species, delaying LTISD’s construction schedule.  “We were waiting until the nesting season for this species had passed,” Superintendent Brad Lancaster said. view article arw