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Austin HS hosts community meeting to discuss temporary campus move

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Students, faculty, and community members gathered Tuesday in the Austin High School auditorium to learn about the construction plan for their new facility, as well as the logistics of their relocation to a temporary campus.

Austin High School is being re-built as part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program. The $79.6 million project calls for a new facility that accommodates 1,800 to 2,000 students and preserves the architecturally significant structure of the current building.

To accommodate construction and ensure safety, students and staff will relocate to a temporary campus — made up of 15 temporary buildings offering all of the school’s current academic and athletic programs — along S. Lockwood Drive. Students will report to the temporary campus, which is directly behind the current school, when they return from winter break on Jan. 8.

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Workshop Wednesday presents human capital strategies

G&A Partners Director Jose Laurel spoke to a crowd of local business owners and vendors on Wednesday offering advice on hiring and retaining good employees.

Laurel emphasized two critical requirements that are essential in achieving growth and success: employees must be eager to learn and companies must be willing to evolve.

Laurel asked attendees how often their companies administered employee reviews. While most in attendance said their companies conducted reviews annually, Laurel noted that the best practice was to conduct shorter appraisals on a regular basis. This ensures employees have the opportunity to get and give feedback.

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Foundation at new Madison HS more than halfway complete

Construction on the new Madison High School is now fully underway, with the foundation two-thirds of the way complete and tilt walls being erected.

Demolition of both the temporary buildings and dugouts have been completed. In addition, the school’s parking lot on White Heather Drive is nearly complete, and site utilities are also being installed.

“I am very excited about the progress and can’t wait to see the finished product,” Madison Principal Orlando Reyna said, mentioning his recent walk-through of the construction site.

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Workshop Wednesday focuses on maximizing the value of businesses

Local business owners and vendors gathered on Wednesday to hear from Bank of America executives on the multiple ways to grow their businesses by increasing and monitoring cash flow.

Vice President of Global Banking & Markets Brian Barrow and his colleague, Vice President of Small Business Banking Doris Leal, began their presentation by asking questions about each attendee’s work industry and job title. The presentation was a part of the Workshop Wednesday series hosted by HISD’s Business Assistance Supplier Diversity department. Continue reading

Worthing HS construction making progress

Construction at Worthing High School is quickly advancing, with renovations to the fine arts wing complete and work on the building addition underway.

Crews have renovated the auditorium stage, music rooms, restrooms, locker rooms, and clinic in the existing building. Additionally, the foundation for the new building has been poured and almost two-thirds of the steel framing is in place, with concrete walls for the JROTC and weight room going up.

“This community is ready to see this building, so I’m excited to tell them we’re still on schedule,” Worthing Principal Khalilah Campbell-Rhone said, noting that she was pleased the project timeline had not been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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Wharton DLA construction project going vertical

Construction of the new Wharton Dual Language Academy is a quarter of the way complete, with interior demolition of the existing building finished and steel framing being erected for the new addition.

Crews are currently pouring concrete on the upper floors of the new three-story addition, as well as installing roofing, plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling systems within the existing building.

“I’m thrilled to see the new building taking shape,” Wharton Principal Jennifer Day said. “It’s going to be a great new 21st century learning facility for future generations.”

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Waltrip HS celebrates ribbon-cutting and homecoming

Waltrip High School students, staff and alumni roared with excitement Friday as they gathered before their new three-story building addition and watched as administrators cut a large red ribbon stretched across the entrance.

As the Ram Band began to play, cheerleaders and dance team members led the crowd in singing the Waltrip fight song.

“Go Rams!” Senior Class President Coby Johnston said, smiling at the energetic crowd.

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Washington HS construction on track for Spring 2018 opening

Construction of the new Washington High School campus is edging closer toward the three-quarter completion mark, with flooring, drywall, ceiling, and window installation all underway.

The $56.5 million project is a part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond Program, which calls for the renovation or rebuilding of 40 schools, including 29 high schools.

Site utility installation for the new school is currently in progress, project officials said. Exterior brick installation is nearly complete, as are the visitor and faculty parking areas. The school’s front bus loop also is more than halfway done.

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Groundwork underway at Jordan HS for Careers

Construction is moving along at Jordan High School for Careers, with groundwork underway in preparation of the new building’s foundation.

The $42.4 million project is a part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond Program, which calls for the renovation or rebuilding of 40 schools, including 29 high schools.

Drilling is underway on piers that will help hold both the foundation and structural steel in place, project officials said. Additionally, the installation of underground plumbing and electrical systems will begin in the next couple of weeks, and the foundation will be poured toward the end of the year.

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HISD Construction Services hosts employee appreciation lunch

Dozens of employees tasked with building and renovating HISD schools were honored Friday for their hard work and dedication during the district’s Construction Services quarterly update and appreciation luncheon.

Last month, the Construction Services team completed and opened nine new and renovated schools in time for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Their openings bring the 2012 Bond Program’s completion rate to just under 50 percent.

The team also was called upon in late August to help repair and relocate schools that were severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

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