Mark White and Condit elementary schools will hold grand opening ceremonies this week to celebrate and showcase their new facilities, which were constructed as part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond Program.
The two new schools were among the first 2012 bond projects to be completed, opening their doors to students in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Mark White Elementary School’s Grand Opening will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. Their new school is located at 2515 Old Farm Road. Condit Elementary School’s Grand Opening will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. Their new school was construction at the site of their original campus, located at 7000 S. 3rd St. in Bellaire.
Mark White Elementary School
Named in honor of the 43rd Governor of Texas, Mark White Elementary was built to relieve overcrowding on the west side. The $23.4-million, 87,000 square-foot school features the first public French dual language immersion program in Texas and can accommodate up to 750 students. The two-story building features open-ceiling extended learning areas between classrooms and large windows with views of neighboring woods that help connect students to the outdoors.
Condit Elementary School
Originally built in 1909, Condit has been in its current facility in Bellaire for more than a century. The school offers a Spanish dual language program. The $24.3-million, 83,000-square-foot facility will accommodate 750 students and places an emphasis on modern learning styles. The brightly-colored, two-story building features open learning spaces, large windows, natural light, and white boards in hallways that create pockets were students can gather and learn throughout the building.
Mark White and Condit are among 40 schools — including 29 high schools — that are being renovated or rebuilt as part of HISD’s $1.89 billion bond program. The two new schools also were among the first nine — six new schools, three partial renovations — to be opened to students in 2016.
By the end of the year, construction will be underway on nearly three dozen campuses — more than at any other time in district history. Once complete, HISD will have one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.
In addition to money set aside to renovate and rebuild schools, the bond program also includes $44.7 million to replace regional fieldhouses and improve athletics facilities, $35 million to renovate middle school restrooms, and $17.3 million for safety and security improvements.