The Spring ISD board of trustees completed naming a slate of new locations in the district at its Jan. 15 meeting, including six new streets around the new stadium it is building on Cypresswood Drive.
The board unanimously agreed to name the streets after the athletic mascots of its high schools, among other names. Four streets will be named Lion Lane, Wildcat Way, Mustang Drive and Phoenix Place; a loop will be named Gridiron Circle, and a road leading to the veterans memorial at the site will be Veterans Drive.
The memorial itself will be named the Spring ISD Memorial, the board agreed. The name allows it to be inclusive of those who are not veterans, such as police or others who die in the line of duty, although it is primarily intended as a veterans memorial, board members said during the discussion.
The board had previously discussed whether to name it after a person, but ultimately decided to keep the name inclusive to honor all of those from Spring who gave their lives in service, they said.
“I don’t think a personal name is appropriate,” board member Chris Bell said. “It will stand for what it is.”
The $38 million stadium is part of the district’s 2016 bond referendum for a total of $300 million for various school facilities.
The board also voted to name a new professional development building on I-45 the TeachUp Spring Learning Center and to rename the Ella Boulevard building currently called the Spring ISD Learning Center as the Spring ISD Community Engagement Center. The change reflects the district’s current use of the Ella Boulevard building as more of a community center.
Future naming needs in the district could include possible name changes to help distinguish district schools that share the same names—Clark primary and intermediate schools, and Bammel elementary and middle schools—as well as a discussion about whether its new police building will retain the same name. The board did not reach a consensus on whether name changes for those facilities will be needed.
Also at the meeting, Chief Human Resources Officer Deeone McKeithan asked the board to approve incentives for campus principals who lead a school with an A or B rating from the Texas Education Agency in the 2018-19 school year. Principals in good standing who lead an A-rated school will receive a $5,000 bonus, and a B-rated school leader will receive a $3,000 bonus. The payout would take place in 2020, he said. The board also approved various levels of incentives for teachers, which will begin in 2019-20 with the incentives paid out in the 2020-21 school year. The district’s incentive plans were approved unanimously by the board.