More than half of the funding proposed in School Bond 2014, fifty five percent, would be used to be pay for improvements to existing Northside schools. More than half of Northside’s schools are more than 20 years old and some were built as early as the 1950s and 1960s. These aging schools need continued attention to keep them up to current standards and provide functional learning spaces for children.
Classroom additions and renovations/reconstruction projects account for $182.97 million of the School Bond 2014 proposal.
Classroom Additions- $12 million
The 2014 bond proposal includes building additional classrooms at Luna Middle School (7 classrooms) to alleviate expected overcrowding, and at Allen Elementary School (10 classrooms) to replace long-standing portable buildings with permanent classrooms
Renovation/Reconstruction: $170.97 million
Many of Northside’s oldest schools will get significant upgrades.
- Fine Arts facilities at three schools would get renovated: a new orchestra, band, and choir building at Pease Middle School; a new music room at Thornton Elementary School; and a new auditorium building at Holmes High School.
- Aging buildings at Glenn Elementary School and Rayburn Middle School would be replaced, along with the replacement of front offices at Boone and Glenoaks elementary schools.
- Some special education classrooms would be renovated at Clark and Jay high schools and at Pease and Neff middle schools,
- The Agriculture Facility at O’Connor High School would get a new shop and additional animal pens.
- Libraries at Stinson Middle School, Esparza, Glenoaks, Knowlton, and Timberwilde elementary schools would be completely renovated and the Marshall High School library will be reconstructed.
- Zachry and Pease middle schools and Boone, Linton, Scobee, and Mary Hull elementary schools will get Bus/Student Covered Walkways.
- Energy efficient windows would be installed at Allen, Colonies North, Glenoaks, Helotes, Powell, Braun Station, and Glass elementary schools and at Neff Middle School.
- The Paul Taylor Field House will see renovations necessary to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other renovations to update this aging facility.
- The Northside Activity Center would see an expansion of an overcrowded meeting and staff development space to serve the training needs of a growing number of teachers and staff.
- The football fields at Taft, Warren, Holmes, and Jay high schools will be renovated and the turf at Gustafson Stadium will be replaced. The Northside Natatorium will also get some pool improvements.
- All high school and middle school locker rooms would be air-conditioned and the Neff Middle School gym would be renovated.
- Equipment at 71 elementary school playgrounds will be replaced to meet new safety standards.
- Northside cafeterias serve 112,000 meals a day and almost 20 million meals each year. School Bond 2014 would renovate seven older school cafeterias: Marshall and Clark high schools; Leon Valley, Cody, Braun Station, Timberwilde, and Knowlton elementary schools.
- The science labs at Rudder, Stinson, and the two alternative middle schools would be renovated to provide a safer, larger work space for students.
These additions and renovation projects are part of a $648.34 million bond proposal that will go before voters May 10. Early voting runs from April 28 to May 6.
For a detailed list of proposed projects and for more information about School Bond 2014, visit www.nisd.net.bond/2014.