Three elementary schools, including The Groves, were built, and money remains to build one more. A new middle school in The Groves will open in 2018, and the Adaptive Sports Complex was built, partially with district funding as well as other community funding.
The district also purchased land for eight schools, including 155 acres for a new high school should it be needed in the future. Brown also discussed the construction of the new district police station and stated that the new facility served as a crucial emergency center during Hurricane Harvey.
Brown also discussed renovations to Turner Stadium as well as the recent purchase of a building near U.S. 59 which will allow the Instructional Support Center (ISC) to be dedicated to professional development. IT and data will be relocated to the main administration building, and special education to the newly purchased building. The ISC is currently being remediated due to the damage caused by Harvey.
The focus of this first meeting was introduction of the facilities assessment commissioned by the district. Rick Blan, of PBK Architects, presented the plan, which divides projects into three categories of necessity. He reported that the assessment involved over 90 meetings and 475 hours of site visits. Blan shared a guide on how committee members should view and interpret the facilities assessment as they begin the task of determining whether the district needs a bond, and if so, whether that bond will be on the May or November ballot.
District Chief Financial Officer Mike Seale ended with a presentation on how school district finance works and the nuances of bond funding. The next meeting will be Nov. 6. At that time, the committee will begin the task of determining which projects in the facilities assessment are important to do.