HISD to Build 13 New Schools

HISD is poised to start construction on 13 new schools. The Board of Education will vote on a plan to hire architects. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports.

Back in November, voters approved an $805 million bond plan to upgrade HISD schools. Litigation held up the schedule, but last month the district was able to move forward with selling the bonds. District Spokesman Terry Abbott says the new schools will replace exisiting schools.

"This will allow us to start designing 13 brand new schools and expanding three others. And the good thing about these new schools is they're going to be environmentally sound. We're going to build these schools to high environmental standards so that they can not only help educate kids, but help improve Houston's quality of air and quality of the general environment."

HISD plans to build the schools to LEED certification standards. Some of the measures include the use of natural lighting and other energy-efficient light sources. Several of the schools will also have plug-in stations for electric cars. The construction should be complete within 24 months of hiring the architectural firms. The board is expected to approve the plan tomorrow.

Laurie Johnson. Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...