In the coming days, four Houston neighborhoods will dedicate new campuses that were built using voter-approved funds from the 2007 HISD bond program.
“These students now have a new campus to call home, and it’s all thanks to the bond program approved by voters in 2007,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “These schools represent the promises we made to the public then, and HISD continues to follow through with each one.”
So far, HISD has opened 20 new schools and renovated 135 others using funds provided through the 2007 bond program. The final three new school buildings included in that program are under construction. The entire program is on track to be completed under budget.
More information about the 2007 bond program is available here. As the 2007 bond program comes to an end, HISD is asking voters this November to consider a proposal to rebuild and renovate 38 campuses, primarily high schools. More information about the 2012 bond proposal is available here.
Dedication ceremonies will be held soon for the following four campuses, which opened during the 2011-2012 school year: Lewis, Roosevelt and Kennedy elementary schools. A dedication ceremony will also be held for the new addition at Grady Middle School. A full Grady rebuild would be completed under the 2012 bond proposal. Each school will be hosting their own dedication ceremony during the upcoming weeks.
These new elementary campuses are “green” schools, built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Key features in LEED schools include the installation of water-conserving plumbing, energy efficient systems and controls, improved air quality, and use of natural light.
These new campuses also include features such as new libraries, computer labs and Smart Board technology in the classrooms.
Upcoming dedication ceremonies:
- Sept. 24 at 9 a.m., Lewis Elementary School, 7649 Rockhill
- Sept. 26 at 10 a.m., Roosevelt Elementary School, 6700 Fulton
- Sept. 27 at 9 a.m., Kennedy Elementary School, 400 Victoria
- Oct. 1 at 10a.m., Grady Middle School, 5215 San Felipe