Lone Star Elementary School in Montgomery ISD will have a new playground by the end of this year or early 2024, MISD leaders said, after trustees unanimously approved the equipment purchase Aug. 21.

The gist

Lone Star’s playground equipment is expected to take about six months to be delivered, MISD leaders estimated Aug. 21.
  • The project will be paid for by funds from MISD’s $326.9 million bond package approved in May 2022.
  • Trustees approved the equipment purchase of $597,870 on Aug. 21, which includes two new playgrounds and a refresh to an existing playground structure, according to the district.
  • According to the district, the approved cost also includes new concrete, rubber padding and shade structures.
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The Lone Star playground is the second of six total elementary school playground projects to be completed, MISD officials said.In other news

Also at the Aug. 22 meeting, Rickey Doerre was sworn in as the MISD police department’s chief of police.
  • Doerre has more than 30 years of experience working in law enforcement, including working for the city of Tomball and Harris County Sheriff's Office, he said.
“In today's law enforcement, I don't know that there's a greater calling than to protect our campuses, our kids, our future,” Doerre said.

Stephen Phillips—the former MISD police chief—was honored at the meeting and will be retiring Aug. 31, according to an Aug. 21 MISD news release.