New HISD schools sustain minimal damage, set to open on Sept. 11

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After a two-week delay, nine new and rebuilt schools across the Houston Independent School District will open their doors to students for the first time on Monday, Sept. 11.

The schools sustained only minor damages during Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods, and contractors were able to make any needed repairs while the district was closed due to inclement weather.

The first day of school initially was planned for Monday, Aug. 28, but that start date was delayed as a result of damages and flooding sustained from Hurricane Harvey. Most HISD schools are on track to re-open on Sept. 11, but some will be further delayed or even relocated to temporary campuses as crews work to repair buildings that sustained significant damage during the storm.

New schools set to open on Sept. 11 include Furr, Milby and Wisdom high schools, as well as Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men and DeBakey High School for Health Professions. DeBakey technically opened for summer school in May, but Monday marks the start of its first fall semester in the new building.

Another four schools — Kashmere and Waltrip high schools, Sharpstown International School, and Codwell Elementary — are set to open on Sept. 11 after undergoing major renovations.

All the schools — with the exception of Codwell Elementary School — were funded by the district’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program, which calls for the renovation or rebuilding of 40 schools, including 29 high schools.