The Houston Independent School District has announced their bond construction timeline.
It begins with phase one of a $1.89-billion voter-approved bond program.
A total of 40 campuses will either be renovated from the inside to preserve historical value or be rebuilt from the ground up as early as 2013.
"The feedback has been like, how soon is this gonna start," Sharpstown High Principal Robert Gasparello said.
Gasparello's school and 16 others were carefully selected to be the first to begin planning and design in a few months.
The general manager of facility planning said the campuses were selected based on need, site logistics and cash flow.
"Crowded hallways, smaller classrooms, not the nicest facilities in terms of restrooms and gym area spaces," Booker T. Washington High Principal Lashonda Bilbo-Ervin said.
As for the 23 other schools, they've been divided into groups two and three. Each will be phased in over the next five years.
Hopefully, all construction will be underway by 2017 with a finishing goal of 2020.
"I will be able to come back after I graduate and you know, do things with the school," Booker T. Washington senior Christopher King said.
Unfortunately, King will not benefit from the new and improved facilities, but he hopes to one day come back to campus as an alumnus.
"Everybody wants you to do good and the teachers are working for the students and it's not just giving you work. They actually want you to succeed."
FROM HISD'S STATEMENT:
Group 1 Schools (Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2013. Construction anticipated to begin by end of 2014)
-- Condit Elementary
-- DeBakey High School
-- Furr High School
-- Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion School at Gordon Grady Middle School
-- High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
-- Lee High School
-- Milby High School
-- North Early College
-- Relief Elementary
-- Sharpstown High School
-- South Early College
-- Sterling High School
-- Waltrip High School
-- Washington High School
-- Worthing High School
-- Young Men's College Preparatory
Group 2 Schools (Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2014. Construction anticipated to begin – Mid/Late 2015)
-- Bellaire High School
-- Lamar High School
-- Davis High School
-- Parker Elementary School
-- Dowling Middle School
-- Yates High School
-- Eastwood Academy
Group 3 Schools (Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2015. Construction anticipated to begin – Mid/Late 2016)
-- Askew Elementary High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
-- Sam Houston High School
-- Jordan High School
-- Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
Group 4 Schools (Planning and Design – Late 2015/Early 2016. Construction anticipated to begin – Mid 2017)
-- Austin High School
-- Garden Oaks K-8
-- Jones High School
-- Kashmere High School
-- Madison High School
-- Pilgrim Academy
-- Scarborough High School
-- Sharpstown International
-- Westbury High School
-- Wharton Dual Language K-8
-- Wilson Montessori K-8
In addition, the bond includes funds to improve conditions for students in all HISD schools.
Those projects include:
-- $100 million for district-wide technology improvements (Work to be done between 2013-2015)
-- $44.7 million to replace regional field houses and improve athletic facilities (Begin one project per year in 2013, 2014, and 2015)
-- $35 million to renovate middle school restroom (Work to be done over 3 summers: 2014, 2015, and 2016)
-- $17.3 million for district-wide safety and security improvements (Work divided evenly among 32 quarters)
Throughout construction, the district will ensure that student safety and security is maintained and that the academic programs aren't compromised, with particular attention to testing schedules.
There will be physical barriers between students, staff, and any areas where construction is occurring, both indoors and on the site. Construction workers will not have any contact with students, and will be required to pass background checks before entering the work areas.
As with the 2007 bond program, all new schools in the 2012 program will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards. These facilities will be energy efficient and environmentally responsible, resulting in lower operating costs for the district.
The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 279 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.