In December, CISD hosted a reception for attendees to sign the foundation slab for the new music center on the campus of Carroll Senior High School. This is one of the most anticipated projects from the bond package, said Julie Thannum, assistant superintendent for board and community relations.
When constructed, the facility will feature practice rooms for choir, band and jazz band, Thannum said. The building will have a 700-seat performance hall. The entire facility will be called the Fine Arts Complex.
The project is slated for completion in fall 2020.
Other projects the district tackled in 2019 involved new classroom additions at Carroll Elementary, Johnson Elementary and Old Union Elementary, Thannum said. These additions included safety enhancements, such as new surveillance cameras at Johnson and storm shelter areas at all three campuses.
“Students at every grade level are benefiting from the safety and security projects, as well as [from] the additional makerspaces and classrooms at campuses,” Thannum said in an email. “Programs like band, choir, theatre and STEM are all benefiting from the facility improvements in this bond program. Because of the successful technology rollout, there’s not a child in CISD that hasn’t benefited from the planning and implementation of the 2017 bond.”
As of December 2019, GCISD has completed several anticipated bond projects, Executive Director of Communications Kristin Snively said. These include building and opening the new Cannon Elementary School; building two multipurpose activity centers; and making classroom additions at Grapevine Middle School, Timberline Elementary School and Grapevine Elementary School.
The district is also in the process of completing the final two large items: adding controlled vestibules at campuses that do not have these features and renovating libraries into Learning Commons areas.
Over the summer, eight campuses received renovations. Those campuses were Glenhope Elementary, Grapevine Elementary, Silver Lake Elementary, O.C. Taylor Elementary, Dove Elementary, Colleyville Middle, Cross Timbers Middle and Grapevine High. These renovations included mechanical systems and kitchen equipment updates and, more significantly, building a new controlled vestibule at each of these schools, bringing in new classroom furniture, adding classrooms to Grapevine Elementary and renovating the Learning Commons areas, Snively said.
“The renovated learning commons will provide a flexible learning space that is available to all students across all campuses,” Snively said in an email. “This will enhance their learning environment and provide additional space for learning and collaboration.”