Community meetings to share design concepts and site plans for 2012 bond schools

The Houston Independent School District is hosting another series of community meetings to discuss the progress being made within the 2012 bond program, which will renovate or rebuild 40 schools to create 21st century facilities.

The meetings will be held in June, July and August for selected schools in the first two groups of campuses slated for construction. The goal is to present the work done so far in the design process and to share site plans, exterior drawings and, in the case of some schools, final blueprints and construction schedules.

The district has pledged to host at least three community meetings for each bond campus during the different phases of the building program: planning, design and construction.

“We’re well on our way to building 21st century schools that meet the needs of our students and school communities,” said Leo Bobadilla, HISD’s chief operating officer. “These meetings offer a great opportunity to learn about the work that’s being done and to share feedback and ask questions. Our goal is to ensure all of these facilities meet the needs of each community so it’s important we hear from people.”

For some of the schools, the meetings mark the third community gathering in a process designed to encourage collaboration and participation. The first round of community meetings was held in October and November to gather feedback on preliminary designs and concepts. A second round was held in February, March and April to finalize the designs. Now, the third meetings will help kick off the construction phase of the program.

Another six schools, including Bellaire High School, Davis High School, Dowling Middle School, Eastwood Academy, Lamar High School and Yates High School, will be holding their first community meeting.

Input from the community meetings is used to guide the work of the groups of teachers, staff, administrators, students and community members, known as Project Advisory Teams. The teams have been meeting at each of the 25 bond campuses in the first two groups of the program to determine the specific educational needs and space requirements at their schools.

“Our Project Advisory Teams are meeting regularly with their architects and HISD planners to develop innovative 21st century learning environments at each of our bond campuses,” said Sue Robertson, general manager of Facilities Planning. “Their work is critical to ensuring we build schools that work for our students and communities.”

All meetings will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. In addition, a community meeting will be held for the Early Childhood Center in the North Forest area, which is being built with state funds, rather than bond monies.

See below for the schedule:

June 3 North Forest Early Childhood Center; 10719 Seneca St.
June 5 High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice; 4701 Dickson St.
June 10 Condit Elementary School, 7000 South Third, Bellaire
June 17 Dowling Middle School; 14000 Stancliff
June 19 Eastwood Academy; 1315 Dumble St.
Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion School; 6300 Avenue B, Bellaire
June 24 Bellaire High School; 5100 Maple, Bellaire
June 30 North Houston Early College High School; 8001 Fulton
South Early College High School; 1990 Airport Blvd. (HCC South campus)
July 1 Lamar High School; 3325 Westheimer
Milby High School; 2500 Broadway St. (Deady Middle School)
July 8 Yates High School; 3703 Sampson
Waltrip High School; 1900 West 34th St.
July 15 Davis High School; 1101 Quitman
July 22 Relief Elementary School; 10502 Briar Forest Drive (Revere Middle School)
Aug. 5 Washington High School; 119 E. 39th St.

Please check for any schedule changes that may occur.