Tomball ISD renames former BJ Services campus

Tomball ISD board of trustees voted to name the former headquarters of BJ Services the Tomball ISD Innovation Center. (Courtesy Tomball ISD)
Tomball ISD board of trustees voted to name the former headquarters of BJ Services the Tomball ISD Innovation Center. (Courtesy Tomball ISD)

Tomball ISD board of trustees voted to name the former headquarters of BJ Services the Tomball ISD Innovation Center. (Courtesy Tomball ISD)

Tomball ISD's board of trustees voted to name the former headquarters of BJ Services the Tomball ISD Innovation Center at its Sept. 21 meeting. The school district finalized the purchase of the 70.45-acre property for $39.5 million in August, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

“We don’t have a facility like that in the district,” trustee Mark Lewandowski said at the meeting. “I think [Tomball ISD Innovation Center] fits much better for what the actual purpose of the facility is.”

The district has been referring to the former headquarters as the Eastside Complex.

The board of trustees considered two other naming options for the facility: Tomball ISD Institute of Excellence and Tomball ISD Destination Plaza. Although not a voting member of the board, Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said Tomball ISD Innovation Center was her top choice for the name.

Trustee Michael Pratt said the word “innovation” resonates with the goal of the district and the use of the facility.


“Innovation is a change in the process of which an organization transforms labor, capital, material or information into products and services with greater value,” Pratt said. “We’re here to provide that service of greater value.”

The district plans to build one elementary school on the property, according to previous reporting. TISD also plans to relocate Tomball Star Academy, and add career and technical education space to the complex.

During the meeting, the board also approved a $1 million contract with Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc., for development and renovation of the newly named Tomball ISD Innovation Center. Zamora said the first priority is to renovate the facility for new office space.

Funds are included in the district's $567.5 million bond referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot for further renovations at the complex.
By Chandler France

Reporter, Tomball/Magnolia

Chandler joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, where he was the executive editor of Annenberg Media. He previously interned with the company in Gilbert, AZ and with the Beacon Project, an investigative reporting team in Los Angeles. Chandler is originally from Laguna Hills, CA.



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