Community Meetings to Share Preliminary Design Concepts for 2012 Bond Schools

Attendees will have the chance to weigh in on proposed drawings and concepts  

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect new meetings dates.
The Houston Independent School District is hosting a series of community meetings for the first 17 schools slated for construction in the 2012 bond program to give participants a chance to review draft designs and concepts.

The meetings will be held in October and November and are targeted for each school community. The goal is to present the work done so far in the planning and design process and to gather additional feedback to help guide the final drawings.

For the past several months, groups of teachers, staff, administrators, students and community members, known as Project Advisory Teams, have been meeting at each of the 17 bond campuses to determine the specific educational needs and space requirements at their schools. The architects will now reveal draft designs that reflect that collaboration. Grady Middle School held its meeting last month.

“Our Project Advisory Teams have been working very hard to develop concepts and ideas that will create 21st century learning environments at each of our bond campuses,” said Sue Robertson, general manager of facilities planning. “These meetings are another opportunity for the larger school community to be part of the process and ensure we build the very best facilities for our students.”

The district has pledged to host at least three community meetings for each bond campus during the different phases of the building program. The meetings scheduled to date will allow participants to meet the architects, ask questions about the projects and see draft designs. Later meetings will occur to discuss the final design and construction of the schools.

“We have challenged our school communities and architects with transforming our schools for 21st century learning,” said Leo Bobadilla, HISD’s chief operating officer. “This is an opportunity for the teams to share their hard work and receive community input as they continue this exciting journey.”

Meeting dates have been set for the following schools:

October 8

Booker T. Washington High School; 119 East 39th;  6 to 8 p.m.

DeBakey High School for Health Professions; 3100 Shenandoah; 6 to 6:45 p.m.

October 22

Furr High School; 520 Mercury; 6 to 7:30 p.m.

October 24

Lee High School; 6529 Beverly Hill Lane; 6 to 8 p.m.

North Early College High School99 Lyerly; 6 to 8 p.m.   

October 29

HSPVA; 4001 Stanford; 6 to 8 p.m.

Condit Elementary; 7000 South 3rd, Bellaire; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

November 6

Sharpstown High School; 7504 Bissonnet; 6 to 8 p.m.

 • Young Men’s College Prep Academy; 1701 Bringhurst; 6:30 to 8 p.m.

 November 7

Waltrip High School; 1900 West 34th; 6:30 to 8 p.m.

South Early College; 1990 Airport Blvd.; 6 to 8 p.m.

November 12

Milby High School1601 Broadway; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

November 18

Sterling High School; 11625 Martindale; 6:30 to 8 p.m.

November 19

Worthing High School; 9215 Scott; 6 to 8 p.m.