Austin ISD will hold its Jan. 27 board of trustees meeting at its new headquarters, located at 4000 S. I-35, Austin, according to the district. AISD has been moving district staff and materials to the new headquarters throughout the fall. view article arw

The Denison Independent School board has planned $2,776,000 worth of two renovation projects for one of its campuses. The school board met on Tuesday to consider a budget amendment that would authorize the funds as well as select the contractor to perform the work on the two projects. The first project will upgrade the heating/ventilation and air system along with necessary related roof repairs at Scott Middle School. The other project is to install restrooms at the high school tennis courts. view article arw

Workers are putting on the finishing touches around South Oak Cliff High School. The newly renovated Dallas Independent School District campus is preparing to welcome the return of staff and students after winter break. Crews spent two years gutting and renovated the entire building. Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa was excited while spending Thursday morning giving a mini-tour of the additions around campus. The District invested $52-million on the renovation project.  view article arw

Hallsville ISD’s architect told trustees Monday that a recent meeting with the city of Longview about the district’s new elementary school went well. Huckabee & Associates architect Andre Brackens updated trustees at their regular meeting Monday about the status of a $55 million bond project approved by voters last month. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District Bond Steering Committee met for the final time on Dec. 19 at Maude Moore Wood Elementary School. They came to a final consensus to proceed with the bond recommendation to the Board of Trustees This committee, which is made up of more than 65 members of parents, community members and stakeholders, prioritized projects that they think are needed to accommodate the growth of the district.   view article arw

A new Montessori school could open as early as next fall and would, Dallas ISD officials hope, provide not only more seats in an in-demand category, but also provide more opportunities for students who face long bus rides to go to the district’s available Montessori schools. The new school would eventually serve grades pre-K through eighth, but at its initial opening this fall, it would be home to pre-k through second grade. The school would first open at the University of North Texas building at 1901 Main Street, but officials are looking for an eventual permanent space. If approved, the district would utilize the third and fourth floors of the building until 2024, when they expect to have a new facility ready. view article arw

The cost of college continues to increase, but too often, financial aid officials say, students fail to tap into existing resources, resulting in “money left on the table.” A new state law could help. Included in House Bill 3, which focused on school finance reform, is a requirement that all high school students fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, prior to graduating. Current high school sophomores who graduate in 2022 will be the first class to fall under the new law.   view article arw

Trustees on the Richardson ISD board voted unanimously Dec. 16 to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Lake Highlands High School. The district had planned to hold off replacing the HVAC system until the next bond, expected to go before voters in 2021. However, Assistant Superintendent of District Operations Sandra Hayes proposed to expedite the project since the current system is unable to meet the needs of the school and was deemed at the end of its useful life in 2014, she said. Hayes also said that the system in place has needed work and new parts to keep it running. view article arw

The rezoning of several Cy-Fair ISD schools was approved by the board of trustees during the Dec. 16 meeting ahead of the opening of Rowe Middle School in fall 2020. The shift is meant to populate Rowe Middle School with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students while relieving Thornton Middle School and Anthony Middle School, align feeder patterns and amend boundary lines for new development. Kristi Giron, director of general administration for CFISD, said during a board meeting Nov. 11 when she presented the rezoning plan. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD's innovative program to help 4-year-olds get ready for kindergarten has garnered statewide recognition in the Texas School Business magazine, according to a media release. The UPSTART program gives kids a learning boost through an in-home, technology-based program, according to a previous Times Record News story. UPSTART stands for United: Preparing Students for a Rewarding Tomorrow. view article arw

Katy ISD accepts names for Elementary

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Katy Independent School District is accepting nominations for the naming of Elementary #43, which is located at 6631 S. Greenwood Orchard Drive in the Elyson subdivision. This elementary school will provide enrollment relief to neighboring campuses in the northwest quadrant of the district that are experiencing fast growth. view article arw

Carthage ISD is looking to bring two bond propositions totaling $12 million to voters in the May 2020 elections. Trustees will vote on whether or not to send the propositions to voters at their January meeting. The propositions, for technology and maintenance work, would not raise the district’s current total tax rate of $1.21. It’s a continuation of the maintenance bond program the district has done in years past, Superintendent John Wink said. view article arw

The El Paso Independent School District school board approved $17.5 million of taxpayer money for renovations and maintenance to El Paso High School. El Paso High School is one of the oldest schools in the city. view article arw

Killeen ISD advisers Tuesday night said the district should ask taxpayers for $265 million to build more schools. That was the upshot of the fourth meeting of residents selected by the school district to serve as an advisory panel. A total of 53 votes were tallied of committee members who were polled for their opinions, and the vote was 50-3 in favor of presenting a recommendation to the board of trustees for two bond proposals that will total $265 million. view article arw

A proposal for a $569 million bond to build two new high school buildings in Midland failed by 25 votes in the November election, a margin slim enough it set off calls for a recount. The ballots were recounted manually, and to the delight of Midland ISD officials, the results flipped and the proposal passed by a margin of 11 votes. view article arw

The Dripping Springs ISD's long-range facility planning committee has reconvened, holding its first meetings for the current school year Nov. 7 and Dec. 12. According to the DSISD website, the 70-member group is tasked with “planning for the next 5-10 years of student growth in Dripping Springs ISD.” Nola Wellman, who was the district's interim superintendent at the time, announced the committee’s reinstatement at the board’s Oct. 30 meeting and said that a focus for the group would be deciding the size of future middle schools in the district.   view article arw

In a measure to address a rapidly growing population east of SH 130, Pflugerville ISD on Dec. 16 broke ground on the future site of two combined campuses off Weiss Lane. The site, which is located at the intersection of Weiss Lane and Pleasanton Parkway just south of Weiss High School, will hold the district’s 22nd elementary school and seventh middle school. Construction on the schools will run simultaneously, and both campuses are expected to be move-in ready by July 2021, according to district timelines. view article arw

Canyon ISD broke ground on some of the additions being made to Randall High School. Today’s groundbreaking was for the addition of classrooms and an athletic complex to the school. The existing administration area will also be converted to a commons area. view article arw

On Monday, Pflugerville ISD will break ground on two new schools: One elementary school and one middle school. District leaders said building more schools is how it will keep up with all the growth. “There’s really no way to stay completely ahead of it but we do our best to try to keep up with it,” Tamra Spence, the district’s communications officer said. view article arw

A former state champion coach will be getting honored by Central ISD. On Thursday night the Central ISD School board approved renaming the Bulldog Athletic complex, which contains the basketball gym, weight room, softball and baseball facilities, after Jack Lee. view article arw

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently for what will become the District’s 12th comprehensive high school. Located on the far west side of the District on Galm Road, the yet-unnamed-campus is anticipated to relieve Harlan and O’Connor high schools although no boundaries have been set yet. read more arw

After the annual audit pointed out the district had more than $9 million in fund balance, Boyd ISD trustees designated a portion to capital projects Monday night. view article arw

Jefferson ISD trustees voted this past week to rename the district’s baseball park after a Bulldog graduate . Ray Schellinger, known in the community as “Mr. Bulldog,” will be remembered at Jefferson ISD in the spring when the district’s baseball park complex will be renamed the “Ray Schellinger Baseball Park” after a unanimous vote by Jefferson ISD trustees. view article arw

The Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees voted Thursday morning to name a new magnet middle school the Commander William C. “Willie” McCool Academy after the late astronaut and 1979 graduate of Coronado High School. Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo said the name is particularly fitting since the future magnet school will specialize in a more hands-on approach to science and technology. view article arw

The Wichita Falls ISD School Board discussed breaking up their long range facility plan into phases that taxpayers will vote on in bond elections to be held years apart. “We have a decision to make – a proposal to put out to the taxpayers that is pretty dog gone critical to the future of this community,” Board President Elizabeth Yeagar said during Thursday afternoon’s board meeting. view article arw

The Lubbock ISD Board held a meeting Thursday morning to vote on the name of the new magnet school that will replace Smylie Wilson Middle School. The new school will be named Commander William C. McCool Academy, after the astronaut and pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia. McCool was born in California, but moved to Lubbock and graduated from Coronado High School in 1979. view article arw

After years of shuffling to different locations, Quest Early College High School students will soon have a permanent space of their own. Humble ISD is moving forward with its project to relocate Quest Early College from being housed within Humble High School to the district's career and technical education center, or CATE Center. The CATE Center is located right next to Humble High at 9155 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble. According to the district's website, Quest Early College allows qualified students to simultaneously earn high school diplomas and an associate degree—or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree—for free. view article arw

The Lubbock Independent School Board will have a meeting Thursday morning, where a vote will take place to name the new magnet middle school that will replace Smylie Wilson Middle School. That meeting will start at 7 a.m. inside of the LISD Administration Building at 1628 19th St. The current Smylie Wilson Middle School, at 4402 31st St., will open next school year as a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics Magnet School. The new school will have an attendance zone that stretches from 98th Street to Bluefield Street, and Frankford Avenue to Quetzel Avenue. view article arw

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Valley View Early College Campus on Wednesday morning to commemorate what is believed to be the largest inclusive park in South Texas. The park will provide children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to play at a playground that caters to their special needs. Dozens of people braved the frigid 51-degree weather to bear witness to the official opening of the park, the culmination of a year-and-a-half effort by the Capable Kids Foundation, Hidalgo County Precinct 2 and Valley View ISD. view article arw

The Carroll ISD community has left its mark on a piece of school history. Children wearing construction vests and hats passed out green markers for the community to sign the foundation slab of the district's new music center on Dec. 11. The event was a celebration of the construction of one of the 2017 bond program's larger projects. The targeted project completion date for the district's new music center is spring 2020.   view article arw

West Lake Hills’ will allow Eanes to remove five trees and exceed building height regulations on a site in the city, allowing the district to move forward with a site plan for its proposed aquatic center. In May, voters approved an $80 million bond that includes projects in safety and security, student programs and support, energy efficiency and conservation, and facilities. The bond also included money for new spaces for the Westlake High School aquatics and wrestling programs and expanded space for the robotics and engineering programs. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees discussed the upcoming sale of bond money for the construction of the new middle school during its Tuesday morning work session. Lewis Wilks, the district’s financial adviser from U.S. Capital Investments, and Marcus Dietz, the district’s lawyer for bond counsel, spoke about the bond timeline. view article arw

At the Tuesday night meeting on Dec. 10, Pleasanton ISD chose Hellas as the Design/Build contractor for the construction and renovation of Eagle Stadium. The project will include installation of artificial turf and resurfacing of the track. The maximum price is $2,753,806. Hellas is the contractor who oversaw the turf installation for Jourdanton’s Indian Stadium in 2016. The motion passed five to two, with Pete Pawelek and Pat Cox voting against. Blasa Chapa, Gerald Guerra, Ralph Unger, Felipe Garza and President Frank Tudyk , Jr., voted to approve. view article arw

The Wichita Falls ISD trustees could save nearly $6 million if they follow the two high school model that they have favored as of late, according to preliminary numbers. Wichita Falls ISD board members are continuing the task of getting the best high school plan at the least cost for the school district. The board has decided on a two high school model and are favoring the two equal-sized model but within that plan is one small factor that could save the district more than $5 million. view article arw

I am a self-admitted Abraham Lincoln buff, having read multiple biographies about him, along with nonfiction works about his leadership and the era in which he lived. Lincoln was known for opening the White House to citizens so they could share with him their issues and concerns. Lincoln referred to this as his “public opinion bath.” view article arw