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Construction on the new addition for Westbury High School is approaching 75 percent completion and on track to open in the second quarter of 2018.
The building is now fully enclosed with permanent power and HVAC systems up and running. Work will continue on exterior masonry and interior finishes into the first quarter.
“I love the new building,” Westbury Principal Susan Monaghan said. “Having the opportunity to walk through and see it room by room has us even more excited. We can’t wait to move in.”
As part of the Houston Independent School District’s 2012 Bond Program, Westbury is receiving a new two-story addition with 26 classrooms, flexible learning centers, two new gyms, and a multi-purpose dining commons area. Continue reading →
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.
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.
The Houston Independent School District’s Bond Oversight Committee got an inside look at the new Milby High School while touring the campus as part of their regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday.
The eight-member group got to see 21st century learning in action as they made their way through the dining commons, library, gym, and various classroom spaces, including the welding, science, and culinary arts labs.
They also walked through the large central courtyard and got to see the historic main entrance, which now leads to a park-like green space. Continue reading →
Parker Elementary School will have a new look for 2018, as construction on the new building inches closer to its scheduled December completion.
Exterior brick and roof installations are nearly complete, and steel framing is underway, as is the installation of insulation and dry wall. In addition, building heating and cooling systems are being tested and crews are painting the cafeteria’s exterior.
“I’m extremely anxious, but very excited,” Parker Principal Lori Frodine said. “We’ve been planning for our new school for several years, so it’s wonderful to see it come together. We can’t wait to move in.”
Board president to address various topics, including Achieve 180
HISD Board President Wanda Adams is hosting community meetings for families and staff in District IX.
At the meetings, Trustee Adams will discuss various topics including the status of HISD and schools post-Hurricane Harvey and the launch of Achieve 180, the district’s initiative to support historically underserved and academically underperforming schools.
Sept. 14 2017 – In its first regular meeting since Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Independent School District Board of Education Trustees will consider a proposal to make up instructional time lost because of the storm. The Texas Education Agency approved waivers that exempt students from making up the first nine days the storm took away. However, students at the 12 schools that suffered the most significant damage will have to make up any lost time beyond those days.
Here’s how the proposed plan works: Students at the four schools scheduled to start on September 18 would be in school for 25 additional minutes every day. Students at the eight schools scheduled to start on September 25 would go for an extra 55 minutes. That extended school day would be effective from their first day of school until the end of the first semester in December. Continue reading →
Fifty-three campuses have “major” damage, 22 have “extensive” damage; assessment of campuses continues
The floors of Hilliard Elementary School, where Hurricane Harvey floodwaters at one point reached 4 feet high, were still slick and littered with wet debris on Saturday, with water pooling in the hallways, cafetorium and classrooms. Flooring schoolwide will need to be torn out, walls removed 4 feet from the floor, and surfaces dried with humidifiers and covered in anti-microbial disinfectant.
The extent of devastation at the northeast Houston campus places it in the “top 10” of schools damaged by the storm. Continue reading →