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CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Canyon Independent School District announced that West Plains High School has been honored with the Stars of Distinction award and will be featured in the 2023-24 Exhibit of School Architecture. This distinction makes West Plains High School a contender for the coveted Caudill Award. Hodgetown set to host third annual ‘Christmas In The Sky’ event According to CISD officials, Corgan President Steve Hulsey and Vice President Senior Project Manager Lance Melton presented two plaques representing stars of recognition at the December CISD Board of Trustees meeting. “We wanted to honor the West Texas Heritage, and so we pulled from regional elements, and I think the judges celebrated that,” said Melton. view article arw

Ector County ISD is delivering on its promise to have a group of citizens oversee that the bond is completed. The ECISD board of trustees voted in 10 members of the public to serve on the Bond Oversight Committee. They will be in charge of making sure everything on prop a is on track. ECISD wants to be transparent with the public, which is why this committee was formed. view article arw

Magnolia ISD will have new elementary school boundaries for the 2024-25 school year after officials approved recent changes in response to the opening of Audubon Elementary School. Since September, officials have received feedback from parents to determine how to handle new student enrollment for Audubon Elementary, which was part of the district's $228 million bond package passed in November 2022. view article arw

It will be remodeled, with a new wing being added. This will allow current exterior classrooms to be brought inside the main building.   The groundbreaking ceremony for the Newton Independent School District's high school expansion took place Tuesday.  Crews broke ground on December 12 at 10 a.m. at the Newton High School campus.  The expansion is being paid for by the $26.5 million bond that was passed in November 2022. The bond is allowing the district to make renovations on all 3 of its campuses. view article arw

A San Antonio-area school district has only had one high school for over 60 years. With the Bexar County adjacent school district seeing unprecedented growth, a change needed to be made to the district and Castroville. view article arw

Prosper ISD officials authorized the district to partner with Huckabee Inc. for several of its future construction projects. The district’s board of trustees approved the partnership during a Nov. 13 meeting. The approach The district received around 19 proposals after it opened a request for architects across the state to submit their proposals, PISD Deputy Superintendent Greg Bradley said. District officials then identified four companies that were qualified. PISD has worked with Huckabee on construction projects for almost 20 years, Bradley said. view article arw

The Longview ISD Board of Trustees approved various items at their December 11th meeting, including facility upgrades, teacher incentives, and policy updates.  The Longview Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a Savings Performance Contract with Schneider Electric, valued at $5,945,686, to address critical facility needs across the district.  Dr. Wayne Guidry, Assistant Superintendent of Finance, explained that the contracted improvements are crucial for ensuring the district's facilities are conducive to optimal learning and working environments.  "These HVAC and chiller systems are approaching the end of their lifecycle," he explained. "Due to their size and complexity, it is necessary to replace them proactively rather than waiting for a costly failure. This project will not only improve energy efficiency and comfort within our buildings, but will also address long-standing drainage issues at both Longview High School and the Lobo Den athletic facility." view article arw

The Gonzales ISD school board met Monday, Dec. 4 for a special called workshop meeting at the administration building. The board discussed the approved Proposition A bond for the new CTE Building and upgrades to the campuses and security. GISD Superintendent Dr. Elmer Avellaneda explained in the last meeting that it was first time he felt overwhelmed regarding the bond. That includes the next steps after the bond election from construction, renovations and how much money the district had, he added. “The success of the construction and the success of the $30 million in renovations are directly tied to us as a board, and as the superintendent, so we have to make sure we're doing this the right way,” Avellaneda said. Avellaneda called the board together for this workshop because it is great time to discuss and ask questions about the bond, he said. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – Its been more than a month since the 2023 bond for Midland ISD passed… totaling 1.4 billion dollars. Right off the bat, is the new elementary school. This will be built at the Lone Star Trails subdivision– with a scheduled completion date of 2025. The total cost— $53.3 million. “We’re looking to start work on the elementary school this month, so testing, surveying, things like that to break ground in January is the goal,” said Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Howard. view article arw

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Austin Independent School District (ISD), Texas' Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and unlimited tax (ULT) bonds as follows view article arw

The Austin school district expects a development company to begin construction of a 500-unit housing complex for local educators within two years, at the earliest, district administrators said. District officials hope the planned housing complex — on the site of the Anita Ferrales Coy Facility – will help teachers and school staff find affordable housing in Austin and continue working in the district. This housing complex — the first for the Austin district — could also be the first of several as the district seeks unique ways to keep teachers in the city. On Nov. 16, the district’s board of trustees signed a contract with multifamily developer and manager company NRP Group to develop housing at the 19.8-acre site, 4900 Gonzales St. view article arw

Crews began demolishing the Erwin Center and the adjacent Cooley Pavilion on Tuesday morning, clearing the site for the new University of Texas Medical Center, including a new UT specialty care hospital and an MD Anderson Cancer Center. The University of Texas System announced in August that it would expand existing facilities with the two new hospitals, bringing world-class specialty and oncology care to Austin. The demolition comes at a cost of $25 million. The two hospitals' construction is estimated to cost $2.5 billion, with groundbreaking expected to begin in 2026. They are set to open by 2029 or 2030. view article arw

To address ongoing growth needs of its student population, GISD will open San Gabriel Elementary School and the new Benold Middle School for the 2024-25 school year. Attendance boundaries for the district's elementary and middle schools will be adjusted to reallocate students to each of the district's soon-to-be 11 elementary schools and four middle schools. The old Benold Middle School campus will eventually be repurposed into a new elementary school. view article arw

Stifel Bond Election Report

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Various issuers had bonds on the ballot on November 7, 2023, although the list is not as long as in the recent past. 77 ISD’s had ballot items totaling over $18 billion. 21 cities and counties had elections for $4.5 billion. Two hospital districts and 18 MUDs had elections for over $9 billion. view article arw

Officials with the Manor Independent School District are celebrating the groundbreaking today of the new Early College High School. “This is a great day in Manor ISD,” said Dr. Andre D. Spencer, Manor ISD Superintendent. “We are breaking ground on a new building for a group of scholars who we expect to break ground academically in their respective fields of interest. We expect great things to come out of this facility and the scholars who will call this home.” view article arw

The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees looked at demographics and plans for a possible May 2021 bond election at its Monday, Dec. 14, meeting. view article arw

Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AAA' rating based on the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) guaranty and an 'AA+' underlying rating to the following Garland Independent School District, TX unlimited tax bonds (the bonds or ULTs): view article arw

Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating based on the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) guarantee and a 'AA+' underlying rating to the following unlimited tax (ULT) bonds for the Mesquite Independent School District (ISD), Texas: : view article arw

Students with Georgetown Independent School District are about to see a lot of changes. Voters approved a $150 million bond for the district in November 2018, and some upgrades have already been made as a result. In January, KVUE reported that crews finished installing new football and softball fields at East View High School in Georgetown. view article arw

Austin and Taylor elementary school students could find themselves stepping up if preliminary designs for their new schools become reality. Up some stairs, that is. Huckabee, a Fort Worth based architecture firm hired to create the two schools associated with the recently passed $138.7 million bond, created a two-story floor plan for Austin, on the southwest side of the city, and Taylor, in northeast Abilene. view article arw

After a majority of voters showed support for a $118.3 million bond package for New Braunfels ISD, the district will move forward with plans to build new schools, make facility renovations, increase security measures, upgrade technology, enhance transportation and expand athletic programs. “I mean it’s a significant percentage so first of all I’m really happy to see that that many people voted,” said NBISD Board President Sherry Harrison. “I’m very excited about that all by itself.” view article arw

Port Aransas schools are getting reimbursed for measures they took to get things up and running after Hurricane Harvey. The district on Monday announced it had received a grant for more than $1.2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for things such as generators, air dryers, portables and security. Those items and more were needed in the aftermath of the Category 4 storm hit the area Aug. 25, 2017. view article arw

Georgetown ISD and a district-organized citizens advisory committee are using a phone survey to get community feedback regarding potential facility and equipment projects that could be included in a November 2018 bond election should district trustees vote to call one, according to a press release Monday. view article arw

On Monday night, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve the modernization of Norman Elementary School in East Austin. Under the $1 billion bond passed by voters in November 2017, Austin ISD will rebuild the school as a state-of-the-art facility that would turn it into a "21st century learning environment," according to the district. view article arw

After Aledo ISD voters shot down a $72.9 million bond package Tuesday, the school board and administration said they will work to determine their next steps. According to unofficial election results, 71 percent of voters (2,454 votes) rejected a $64.1 million option to build a new middle school and renovate McAnally Intermediate School to use as an elementary school. Twenty-nine percent (1,020 votes) voted in favor of the option.

The Round Rock school board is focused today on the end of the school year. But it will need to regroup after all three of their school bond proposals were voted down on Saturday The district had half a billion dollars in projects riding on this vote. $572 million to be exact. view article arw

Floydada ISD officials are preparing for a bond election to fund renovations to their 62-year-old high school. A recent assessment determined that the school needs major renovations. The superintendent says voters will have the choice of whether to authorize the bond issue in May. "We're having several issues that we are having to repair throughout the school year from plumbing, to structural issues, to roofing issues, but, my biggest concern is just the security of the campus," says Gilbert Trevino, superintendent for Floydada ISD.

Waco Independent School District officials are trying to raise between $700,000 and $800,000 in private sponsorships from businesses, grants from foundations and donations from alumni and individuals to cover the cost of renovating and reopening Waco High School’s planetarium, which has been closed for more than 20 years, district spokesman Bruce Gietzen said. view article arw

Seguin High School is now home to what district officials are calling the largest scoreboard in the country. Recently, crews from Nevco worked to install the near 51-foot tall, 47-foot wide jumbotron in Matador Stadium, which was up and running Thursday night for the freshman game. view article arw

School is back in session for students around the Concho Valley, and at Christoval ISD, Monday also marked the ribbon-cutting for their brand new STEM Academy building. The new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classrooms will allow for a greater diversity of hands-on classes. Dr. David Walker, the Superintendent at Christoval ISD says, "We want our students to be marketable and adaptable, as you know the world is changing at a fast rate and as things change we want our kids to have those skill-sets." view article arw

Four new schools will be opening this August just in time for the new school year. These additions to Frisco ISD will open its doors to 3,600 new students. The shining new schools launching for the 2016-17 school year will be Miller Elementary, Vaughn Elementary, Nelson Middle School and Lebanon Trail High School. With these additions, the total number of schools in Frisco ISD rises to 68 and the total student population increases from 49,644 to 53,301. view article arw

Students and supporters of South Oak Cliff High School could be a step closer to getting a new building. The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees is expected to weigh in on the issue for the first time in early April during a discussion about the 2015 bond program. Trustees could consider replacing the 1951 building or continue with plans to make less expensive improvements. view article arw

More than two months after a tornado hit Shields Elementary School in northern Ellis County on Dec. 26, Red Oak ISD confirmed Thursday that the original builder of the school, Ratcliff Constructors, has agreed to pay for the repairs. Fox 4's Lori Brown began investigating concerns about the quality of construction at the school  in Glenn Heights after an exterior wall collapsed in the tornado. view article arw

The denial of an alternative light mitigation plan for Dripping Springs ISD’s new baseball/softball complex put in to motion an inventory of outdoor lighting at all district facilities. On Oct. 13, the Dripping Springs City Council turned down the Dripping Springs ISD’s proposed lighting mitigation. view article arw

For nearly 15 years, the Arlington Independent School District has been searching for the right project to fill a piece of land it owns in the 3200 block of Pioneer Parkway. When voters approved a bond package in 2014, officials said they finally found a good one. "We want to make this a successful district facility that serves both the community and the students well," said Leslie Johnston, spokesperson for Arlington ISD. view article arw