HISD Announces Bond Construction Timeline

December 5, 2012

The Houston Independent School District today announced the construction timeline for the 40 schools slated to be built or renovated under the voter-approved $1.89 billion 2012 bond program.

Schools were prioritized based on need, balance of projects throughout the district, site logistics, cash flow within the schedule of bond sales, and the availability of temporary relocation space for students affected by construction. All geographic areas of the district will see construction from the very start of the bond program.  Seventeen of the 40 schools are included in the first phase of projects, all of which are planned for groundbreakings by the end of 2014, if not sooner.

“Last month, nearly 70 percent of HISD voters showed tremendous confidence and faith in our ability to deliver the modern campuses Houston’s children deserve,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.  “We are ready to move forward with the most ambitious school rebuilding effort in Texas history and deliver on our promises.”

The first two schools to break ground will be North Early College and South Early College, with design work expected to begin in early 2013 and construction starting this summer.

All of the other schools will be phased in over the next five years with all construction underway by 2017. The district’s goal is to finish all work by 2020.

The first group of schools will begin the planning and design phase in early 2013. The remaining three groups of school construction projects will be phased in every year after that.

“HISD is committed to protecting taxpayers’ investment in these new schools,” said Chief Operating Officer Leo Bobadilla.  “Each and every design and construction contract in this bond program will be awarded based on providing the best value to our taxpayers and the best quality for our students.”

Each campus in the bond program will have a Project Advisory Team that includes parents, school staff, and community members to offer input into the design and construction process.

 Group 1 Schools

Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2013

Construction anticipated to begin by end of 2014


Condit Elementary

DeBakey High School

Furr High School

Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion
School at Gordon

Grady Middle School

High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Lee High School

Milby High School

North Early College

Relief Elementary

Sharpstown High School

South Early College

Sterling High School

Waltrip High School

Washington High School

Worthing High School

Young Men’s College Preparatory

Group 2 Schools

Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2014

Construction anticipated to begin – Mid/Late 2015

Bellaire High School

Lamar High School

Davis High School

Parker Elementary School

Dowling Middle School

Yates High School

Eastwood Academy

Group 3 Schools

Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2015

Construction anticipated to begin – Mid/Late 2016

Askew Elementary

High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice

Sam Houston High School

Jordan High School

Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy

Group 4 Schools

Planning and Design – Late 2015/Early 2016

Construction anticipated to begin – Mid 2017

Austin High School

Garden Oaks K-8

Jones High School

Kashmere High School

Madison High School

Pilgrim Academy

Scarborough High School

Sharpstown International

Westbury High School

Wharton Dual Language K-8

Wilson Montessori K-8

 In addition, the bond includes funds to improve conditions for students in all HISD schools.
Those projects include:

  • $100 million for district-wide technology improvements
    (Work to be done between 2013-2015)
  • $44.7 million to replace regional field houses and improve athletic facilities
    (Begin one project per year in 2013, 2014, and 2015)
  • $35 million to renovate middle school restrooms

(Work to be done over 3 summers: 2014, 2015, and 2016)

  • $17.3 million for district-wide safety and security improvements
    (Work divided evenly among 32 quarters)

Throughout construction, the district will ensure that student safety and security is maintained and that the academic programs aren’t compromised, with particular attention to testing schedules.

There will be physical barriers between students, staff, and any areas where construction is occurring, both indoors and on the site. Construction workers will not have any contact with students, and will be required to pass background checks before entering the work areas.

As with the 2007 bond program, all new schools in the 2012 program will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards. These facilities will be energy efficient and environmentally responsible, resulting in lower operating costs for the district.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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