HISD Opens New Schools

Four new schools are opening in the Houston Independent School District in time for the start of the new school year. The schools are the result of a bond initiative and taxpayers cold see requests for more vond funding sometime soon.

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The first day of school in HISD is August 15th and four new schools and two renovated schools are opening in time for that start date. The schools will make room for about 1,000 new pre-kindergarten students plus relieve over-crowding at several elementary schools. HISD Construction Supervisor Dick Lindsay says the facilities represent almost $54 million from the Rebuild HISD Bond project.

In 2002 voters approved an $808.6 million bond issue to build 24 new schools and improve facilities across the district. Ber Pieper is the chairman of the bond oversight committee and says he believes taxpayers got more out of the program than anticipated because the district added eight construction projects, but still stayed on budget.

The district renovations aren't complete. Seven more schools will open within the next six months and numerous reconstruction projects are in progress. HISD Superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra says he plans to ask voters to approve more bond issues in the future, although he's unsure of the timeline for that request.

HISD has spent or committed almost $500 million of the more than $800 million available through the bond program.

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