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Two Frisco ISD elementary schools may stop accepting new students in the coming months because they are nearing capacity, according to an update at the Oct. 7 school board meeting. Nichols Elementary School will likely close enrollment around the holiday break, which would cap the number of students at 813, Scott Warstler, FISD executive director of operations, said at the meeting. Liscano Elementary School stopped accepting new students on Oct. 2. Spears Elementary School may close enrollment sometime in 2020, but Warstler said the school could possibly make it to the summer or fall 2021. view article arw

More than a year and a half since the discovery of historic human remains at Fort Bend ISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Center construction site, the Sugar Land 95 are one step closer to being reburied where they were originally found. Despite concerns raised by the public, FBISD officials approved during a Sept. 23 board meeting a $284,000 contract with locally owned and operated Missouri City Funeral Directors at Glen Park for the reinterment of the Sugar Land 95, former convict laborers who would have died in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The contract includes burial vessels, a marker system and headstones. view article arw

Old Taylor High, known to many as either their high school or their middle school, is the topic of discussion on season two of the Taylor ISD YouTube series, Taking Flight. Property owners Cliff and Kaitlin Olle talk about the renovations that are turning classrooms at the Seventh Street campus into apartments, a restaurant, an event center and businesses.  view article arw

The Superintendent of the Midway Independent School District was spreading the word Monday--and says he'll continue to be until election day--about the the district's $148,000,000 bond proposal. On the night of the deadline to register for the Nov. 5th Joint General Election, George Kazanas says he was invited to Hewitt's City Council meeting to make a presentation about details of the bond including the reason for it and the tax impact. view article arw

I am a member of the community facilities committee that developed the school bond proposal that will be voted on in the upcoming election. What I found is that it is harder than it would seem to come up with a proposal and a recommendation. To be clear, there is not a unique solution to address Midland’s school facility needs. view article arw

The Alto Bond Committee will host town hall meetings Oct. 7 and 8 with information about a proposed Alto ISD $10.5 million bond package designed to address safety/security issues as well as aging and damaged facilities. view article arw

The Midway Independent School District has bought the building at 109 Panther Waco that formerly housed Food Lion grocery store and, more recently, an EMSI call center. District spokeswoman Traci Marlin said the 32,000-square-foot structure will become a technology and data center for the district. view article arw

The Austin community celebrated the renaming of an Austin Independent School District campus after a fallen Army sergeant. The school is now called Navarro Early College High School after U.S. Army Sgt. Juan P. Navarro. District Superintendent Paul Cruz, Trustee Ann Teich and Principal Steven Covin spoke at the ribbon-cutting for the school located at 1201 Payton Gin Rd.  view article arw

Socorro Independent School District is moving along with its 2017 Bond Projects. The newest campus in SISD, Cactus Trail Elementary, opened its doors in July to students as the first of the 2017 Bond Projects to be completed. The district says it was not only done on time but under budget as well. Voters passed the $448 million bond measure in 2017. The measure included upgrades throughout many SISD campuses and building new schools for the expanding school district. view article arw

Sunray Independent School District is proposing a bond that, if passed, would build a Career and Technical Center for students to learn trade skills. “It’ll allow our kids leave school with certifications to build business partnerships and it’ll also allow our kids leave school with more than dual credit hours, but also with an associate’s degree,” said Sunray ISD Superintendent Marshall Harrison. view article arw

Westwood ISD is hoping to pass a proposed bond that would go towards renovations. The proposed bond is for $40 million and would re-purpose the high school building to serve 6th through 12th grade students. The existing junior high would become a new elementary school. The bond will also help build a new auditorium, gym and modernized safety features, including surveillance cameras, fire sprinklers and alarms. view article arw

In November 2018, San Benito residents voted and approved a $40 million school bond financing three new activity facilities for San Benito CISD. On Wednesday night, the school district board of trustees held a meeting to discuss the progress of those plans. view article arw

Voters in Cleveland ISD have a big decision to make in the Nov. 5 general election. They are being asked to consider a $198 million bond to fund improvements on existing campuses to relieve overcrowding and construction of two new elementary campuses and one new middle school campus. To make sure that voters are well-informed of what is at stake, Cleveland ISD Superintendent Chris Trotter is addressing groups throughout the month of October. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Trotter will be the featured speaker at the monthly membership luncheon for the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. view article arw

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD has hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest facility, the Dr. Daniel P. King PSJA College & University Center. It is named for their longtime superintendent who retired this past week. Mariza Saenz, principal of PSJA College & University Center, said the center would house all King’s awards and memorabilia. King served 20 years as a school superintendent, including 12 at PSJA, and 42 years in public education. view article arw

The Smithville school board last week firmed up plans for renovations and security upgrades at several school buildings and facilities, nearly three years after Smithville school district voters approved funding for the improvements. The $5.5 million renovation plan is part of a $35 million school bond voters approved in November 2016, which included funding for a $22 million new junior high school that was completed in August, and a $7.5 million athletic stadium that was completed in January. view article arw

A district a damaged by spring tornadoes is asking voters to help foot the bill to replace their high school and gym. The Alto ISD School Board approved placing a $10.5 million bond before voters this November. Bond supporters said the districts insurance from the damage won’t cover the cost of replacing the Alto high school. view article arw

Dumas ISD is holding meetings to discuss their latest $107 million bond proposal. Tomorrow they will be presenting the bond information to the community at Morningside Elementary. view article arw

Property taxpayers in Arlington Independent School District have taken a beating in the past several years, thanks to the district’s runaway spending and debt. Despite declining enrollment, Arlington’s school board wants voters to approve even more taxpayer-backed debt—a lot more. Arlington ISD trustees unanimously agreed in August to put a $966 million bond proposal on the November ballot—larger than the district’s last two bonds combined. view article arw

The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commence will have a special guest speaker on Thursday for the annual luncheon. Cleveand ISD superintendent Chris Trotter will be speaking to the chamber about the importance of the new school bond that was proposed over the summer. view article arw

Spring ISD will celebrate the opening of Springwoods Village Middle School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct 5 at 9:30 a.m., according to a Sept. 30 news release. Located at 1120 Crossgate Blvd., Spring, the school officially opened Aug. 14—the start of the 2019-20 school year. The two-story, 149,207-square-foot campus features classrooms; fine arts and dining facilities; a library; and gymnasiums on the first floor, with additional classrooms on the second floor, according to the release. The campus also features naturally lit classrooms, flexible learning areas, a maker-space area, a courtyard and athletic fields. view article arw

Smith County will offer $140,000 to purchase a piece of land from the Tyler Independent School District just off U.S. Highway 69 near Swan. The Smith County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to make the offer to the Tyler Independent School District for the land at 17147 Farm-to-Market Road 3271. The land is about 10.2 acres just off U.S. 69, north of Tyler city limits and south of Interstate 20. The land is called the TISD Ag Farm in county documents. view article arw

San Marcos CISD teachers in charge of the district’s Crossroads transition program proposed facility upgrades to school board members at their Sept. 16 meeting. The program is designed to help special education students transition into their adult lives after high school. Paul Koonz, one of the teachers, spoke to the SMCISD school board about two items he said could provide educators more ways to help students: a doorway to connect the program’s existing two classrooms, and an expansion of the facility’s current kitchen and sink area. view article arw

A long-delayed development just east of downtown Dallas is kicking off construction. Crews have started work on the former site of the Dallas Independent School District headquarters complex on Ross Avenue. All but one small portion of the two-block former school administration complex was torn down in 2017. Since then, the high-profile property has languished while developers worked out zoning approvals and design plans for a new rental community. view article arw

Surrounded by friends and family, Superintendent Daniel King, the community here and across Pharr and Alamo honored him with a physical honor, reminiscent of his over 40-year career as an educator. The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District celebrated the naming of the Dr. Daniel P. King PSJA College and University Center after the soon-to-be retired superintendent. King is slated to retire on Sept. 30, and his successor, Jorge Arredondo will take his place on Oct. 1. view article arw

On September 24, the Allen Independent School District celebrated the dedication of its new STEAM Center. Designed by VLK, the STEAM Center supports innovative instruction across the district, offering Kindergarteners to 12th-grade students 111,000 square feet of increased exposure to science, technology, engineering, art, and math-integrated experiences. The Center supports a rich integrated learning experience, which includes many dynamic indoor and outdoor learning spaces. view article arw

Two of the three school campuses included in Pflugerville ISD’s 2018 voter-approved bond package are soon set to go to bid, one of the last steps necessary before construction can begin, district officials told the Board of Trustees Sept. 26. “We are at a milestone tonight,” said David Vesling, executive director of Facilities & Support Services for PfISD. view article arw

Ysleta ISD proposes $425M bond

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In the shadow of the Ysleta Independent School District’s centennial celebration in 2015, voters were asked to support the district’s ambitious promise to transform its schools into environments for 21st-century learning and innovation by 2020 through the passage of a $430.5 million facilities bond. Voters overwhelmingly agreed – and within weeks of the bond’s passage in November 2015, YISD began the first phase of its work in earnest to upgrade, renovate, expand, or construct modern schools and facilities in each of its seven Learning Communities, with an initial end date of Fall 2020. In actuality, it would take little more than four years to complete all YISD Bond 2015 projects.  view article arw

The Texas High School Tigersharks have a renovated Aquatic Center on the Texarkana College campus that will be open for some public use beginning Tuesday.  The Texarkana Independent School District Aquatic Center will be open to the general public for community fitness/swim from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school calendar year and during summer. view article arw

Navasota ISD reaches agreement with GLS

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Navasota ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the recommendation of superintendent Dr, Stu Mu-sick to hire Goodwin Lasiter Strong as the architect for the Navasota Independent School District Maintenance Tax Note Series 2019. GLS is the current architect for NISD handling bond renovations throughout the district. In their additional role as architect for the NISD Maintenance Tax Note Series 2019, GLS will spearhead athletic facility improvements at Navasota High School and Navasota Junior High. view article arw

Ropes ISD is looking to expand space for their schools by holding a bond election in November. They are hoping to raise 5.8 million dollars for a new building. Superintendent Joel Willmon says the population of the school has increased more than 50 percent in five years and surveys show the school is still growing. Right now, there are 480 students. “The bond election is designed to get Ropes ISD some new cafeteria space and 12 new classrooms,” said Willon. “Ropes ISD continues to change and we want to make sure we stay functional and we provide the best product for students.” view article arw

The $1.1 billion bond voters passed to fund new projects across Austin ISD includes 17 projects to modernize or build new schools throughout the district. Twelve of those 17 modernization projects, which are each receiving more than $20 million in funding to rebuild at their current site or at a new location, are located within Central Austin. view article arw

A Houston-area school district will spend $284,000 for the reburial of remains believed to be 95 African American prisoners hired out during the notorious Texas convict-leasing period. Trustees of the Fort Bend Independent School District on Monday night awarded the reinterment contract to the Missouri City Funeral Directors. The remains were found last year at a school construction site in Sugar Land. view article arw

As Austin ISD prepares to change where thousands of students will attend school and what programs are available, district leaders say they are dedicated to succeeding in balancing equity and helping low-income families, areas where they say they have failed in the past. In the 1980s, when AISD was federally mandated to bus students across the district as part of a court-ordered desegregation policy, LaTisha Anderson traveled from her home near the then-closed Kealing Middle School to the Sunset Valley area of town.  view article arw

Fort Bend ISD unanimously approved the purchase of 30 acres of land adjacent to Post Oak and Hwy. 6 at the Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 23. The site could be home to a FBISD middle school in the future. The district currently has 15 middle school campuses.  view article arw

Canyon Independent School District has its career and technology academy up and running. This program has been in the works for over a year now with construction beginning in March of 2018. The funding for the academy came from the Canyon ISD bond for $196 million passed in December of 2018. view article arw