Saturday, May 18, 2013

Dallas ISD 2008 Bond Advisory Committee proposes plan to spend remaining 2008 bond funds

"The Dallas ISD 2008 Bond Advisory Committee and the Construction Services staff presented a proposed plan to the board to improve and better develop various district schools using unallocated 2008 Bond program money at the May 9, 2013 board briefing. The proposed projects would improve  school and classroom environmental conditions, reduce classroom ratios and provide new additions to accommodate specialized programs. The total cost of the projects would be approximately $40 million.

"The top five schools that are considered for the construction projects include George W. Truett Elementary School, E.B. Comstock Middle School, W.W. Bushman Elementary School, T.G. Terry Elementary School and W.E. Greiner Middle School.

"Truett Elementary is the most over-crowded elementary school in the district with student enrollment reaching 1110 students. The building as it stands now has a capacity of 653. The school will receive an additional building to be built on-site that will house pre-k through second grade students with the original building housing third through fifth grade students. Greiner Middle School, the highest over-capacity middle school, will receive a new classroom wing which will include up to 38 classrooms and replace 38 portables.

"Comstock Middle School, Bushman and Terry elementary schools will all receive critical HVAC upgrades. They will replace the steam boilers and piping with a new hydronic system to greatly improve the comfort and operating efficiency of the buildings.

The board will vote on this proposed plan at the May 23, 2013 board meeting."