Austin High School students and staff began the spring semester on Monday in a temporary campus in preparation for the start of construction on their new building.
The new Temporary Learning Center — dubbed by school officials as the “TLC” and made up of temporary buildings — was built to ensure student and staff safety during construction. It is located along South Lockwood Drive, directly behind the existing school building.
Located in Houston’s East End, the 80-year-old comprehensive high school is being rebuilt as part of the Houston Independent School District’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program. Plans for the $79.6 million project call for a new facility that preserves the original building’s architecturally significant building structure and can accommodate up to 2,000 students. Continue reading →
The HISD Board of Education is expected to decide on Aug. 9 whether to bring the bond proposal before voters in November. More updates from this morning’s Board of Education workshop:
Every new HISD school included in the bond proposal would be built to the same quality standards.
HISD leaders will work with architects and engineers about how to space the work and in which order campuses would be rebuilt. Demolition, site improvements, and other considerations would be taken into account. Community input would also be sought.
HISD is committed to building schools on time and efficiently; building plan will be ready to launch once voters approve.
The HISD Board of Education is meeting to discuss a proposal for rebuilding high schools across the city. Here are some highlights from the discussion, which you can follow on Twitter, @HoustonISD:
Staff has spent weeks scrutinizing and fine-tuning the initial $1.89 billion proposal for rebuilding and modernizing schools. Adjustments have been made to the proposed capacities for several new schools included in the HISD bond proposal, including a brand new DeBakey HS to be located inside the Texas Medical Center at a cost of $64.5 million.
The HISD bond proposal would rebuild the following high schools:
North Early College
South Early College
Also, a new addition and renovations to Wilson Montessori K-8 School.
To see specific proposals for each campus and for districtwide projects, click here.