On Nov. 6, 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.89 billion bond, by a margin of nearly 2-1, to replace and repair 40 schools across the district, including 29 high schools.
A Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) made up of community and business leaders oversees all bond-related projects and meets quarterly to review the progress. Each school has a Project Advisory Team (PAT) made up of the principal, parents, teachers, students, and community members who work with planners, architects, and the construction team to ensure that the school meets the needs of its stakeholders.
PAT and BOC meetings are open to the public, and meeting times and minutes are posted on this website. As part of the district’s commitment to community engagement, PATs host at least three community meetings during the different phases of planning, design and construction to keep stakeholders informed and to discuss the progress of their project.
Schools have been divided into four groups for the purpose of phasing the work. Construction has already begun at Group 1 schools, and most schools in Group 2 will start the construction phase in fourth quarter of 2015 or first quarter of 2016. Planning and design for Group 3 and 4 schools is ongoing.
The bond program also includes work that will benefit students across the district, including $100 million in technology upgrades, $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.
Projects funded through the bond program include:
New campuses for 21 high schools: Austin, Bellaire, Davis, DeBakey, Eastwood, Furr, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Jordan, Lamar, Lee, Madison, Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men, Milby, North Early College, Sam Houston, Sharpstown, South Early College, Sterling, Washington, Worthing and Yates
Partially replacing three high schools: Waltrip, Westbury, Young Women’s College Prep Academy
Renovating four high schools: Jones, Kashmere, Scarborough, Sharpstown International
Converting five elementary schools to K-8 campuses: Garden Oaks Montessori, Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion School, Pilgrim Academy, Wharton Dual Language School, Wilson Montessori
Building three new elementary campuses: Askew, Parker, and Mark White Elementary, a relief school on the west side
Replacing/completing two middle school campuses: Grady (new addition to complete new campus), Dowling (new campus)
The Board of Education has also agreed to rebuild two schools either through the sale of surplus district property or by using any potential leftover bond funds: Condit Elementary and the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice