Top story of 2016: School districts plan new campuses, renovations

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What we reported Pearland ISD passed a $220 million bond referendum in November, which included renovations to nine campuses and the stadium, security upgrades on each campus, technology upgrades on each campus and targeted expansions at seven campuses. Alvin ISD broke ground on two elementary schools, a junior high school and a career and technical education center in Pearland in 2016 with bond funds that were approved in 2015.

The latest PISD will begin design engineering at Dawson, Pearland and Turner high schools as well as Pearland Junior High East and Pearland Junior High West schools in 2017. PISD officials anticipate a December ground breaking at Dawson High School and Pearland Junior High West. AISD opened Meridiana Elementary School and Shadow Creek High School, which were bond-funded projects, in time for the 2016-17 school year.

What’s next AISD board of trustees ordered the sale of $52 million in bonds, the remaining balance from the $245 million bond referendum that voters approved in 2015. The two AISD elementary schools under construction, which are in Shadow Creek Ranch, are slated to open for the 2017-18 school year. PISD is expected to sell its first round of bonds in early 2017. PISD will also put together a 12-member Bond Oversight Committee to ensure transparency and that the district stays on budget.   

This story is one update from The January Issue. View the full list of 10 things to look for here

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