Elementary School Gets New Life From 2007 HISD Bond

HISD is waiting on the outcome of the November vote on their 1.9 billion dollar bond package. Meanwhile, work using 2007 bond funds is wrapping up at one northeast elementary schools — Theodore Roosevelt Elementary.

 

 

 

 

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Choir

 

That’s the sound of the new Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School choir. They’re singing a song written by their music teacher in their brand new gym at the school’s dedication ceremony.

Roosevelt’s Principal Armando Lujan couldn’t be happier with the changes. 

We housed our physical education teacher in a portable building and 30 kids in one class is too much to ask of a teacher to work with. This room here will hold about 50 kids no problem, so the P.E. teacher is now able to just be very creative and offer our kids so many variations of the different types of lessons that she has which was not possible before.”

He’s not the only one who’s pleased about the school’s makeover. Ten year old Christian Acosta can’t contain his excitement about the new technology in his classroom. 

“It is ... we have a smart-board in every room. That is my favorite part because every chance I get, I wanna write on the smart-board.”

Roosevelt is one of the last four elementary schools having dedication ceremonies to mark their rejuvenation from the 2007 HISD bond funds.

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School
Updated 1928 Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Northeast Houston.

If voters tick yes on the November ballot, HISD intends to do the same to 20 high schools with $1.9 billion dollars.

The funds will be taken from a property tax increase that will come to about $70 dollars for a $200, 000 dollar home by 2017. For those 65 and older however there will be no rise in property tax.

HISD is eager to point this out to people who will exercise their right to vote in November. They also want voters to remember to look at the bottom of their ballot, because that’s where the box to vote for the bond will be.

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Edel Howlin

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Edel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend...