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  1. The old Johnston Middle School, JMS, was renamed to Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School a few years back. The school opened in 1959 making it 62 years old. Any word on a demolition and rebuild? Major remodel or renovations planned?
  2. Ronnie Veselka HISD spokeman at Neartown Community meeting this morning. He said HISD will tear down all of Lamar High School except the relief sculpture over the auditorium and build a whole new building. Lamar was built in 1937 to accommodate 2200 students but has enrollment of 3200----the new building will be built to accommodate 3100 students. Interestingly, the Carnegie Van Guard and Reagan High School were offered as examples of building and renovating by HISD and how well they turned out. But when It was brought up that the same architect was used for both, community input was sought et
  3. There is a proposed plan to create a new HSPVA campus downtown at 1300 Capitol. http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/06-22-12-10-43-hisd-bond-with-a-brand-new-downtown-hspva-building/
  4. After years and years of back and forth between HISD, the architects, the school, and the community, this one finally broke ground in late March early April. This is a reconstruction of Bellaire's existing school. Originally part of the 2012 Bond referendum, this is anticipated to finally bring this massive bond to a close. Personally, I'm amazed this one ever got built. Lets just say this wasn't an easy project for those involved to develop, and there was a lot of chaos, but all of that aside the important thing is that its happening. Developer: HISD
  5. We are looking at HISD magnets and vanguards for our son for kindergarten next year. I toured Roberts and loved it, and have heard great reports from many friends with kids there. But it's nearly impossible to magnet into. I was also really impressed by Twain and Kolter, but I don't know anyone with kids there. Can anyone give me their impressions of or experience with these schools?
  6. Can't find a forum thread for this, and because there isn't a subforum for Near Northside I'm going to put it in The Heights for now @editor This is well into construction and per the calendar provided by HISD, it should be completed sometime early next year. This is a large expansion project + renovation/reuse of the existing building on campus. Northside High School was part of the 2012 Bond Referendum. Project link: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/71972 Developer: HISD Architect: IBI Group Architects Estimated Completion: mid-2019 Budget: $46,764,000 Orig
  7. According to the Houston Chronicle & other media sources, veteran HISD Trustee Diana Davila (who also served in the TX State Legislature in the 1990s), was named as the President of the much-maligned governance team & here's how it went out: HISD Board President: Diana Davila HISD Board 1st VP: Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca HISD Board 2nd VP: Elizabeth Santos HISD Board Secretary: Sergio Lira HISD Board Assistant Secretary: Sue Deigaard https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Veteran-trustee-D-vila-cho
  8. HISD School Board of Trustees voted last night to give Grenita Lathan the boot & brought back former HISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra to his old job. https://abc13.com/education/shake-up-saavedra-back-to-hisd-after-board-ousts-lathan/4464686/ Thoughts on the news ? A.) Love It B.) Hate It C.) Wait & See Approach
  9. I noticed that Jack Yates High School recently got a new Principal in Tiffany Guillory. The big question is whatever happened to Kenneth Davis ? If anybody who is an alumnus of Yates High School knows the situation. Let me know what happened ? https://www.houstonisd.org/Yates
  10. I was in class of 93 there and I suppose I started this thread cause I read some great ones on other schools. It would be cool to find someone who went there at the time around me. Lanier was something else. The building was magnificent and historic; 1929 was when they built it. As a kid I was just overwhelmed by how big the school was. Anyway, what are your memories of the school and who are the standout teachers? The school used to be so segregated in terms of who came there to learn something and who came there to eat lunch and go to gym. The vangaurd program was not all that hard bu
  11. Does anyone have information on Spring Branch ISD's bond project estimates? It's weird that they a haven't released that besides requesting A&E services for their entire bond.
  12. Does anyone have a good, high-res photo of the old HISD Headquarters building at Richmond & Weslayan which they are willing to share for the Heritage Society to use in an educational video? We will put you in the credits. It's for a new HAM Slice of History on mid-century architecture in Houston.
  13. The revolving door from Houston TV News Stations to HISD could start a trend: Ch. 13 Reporter Tracy Clemons will be leaving the ABC O&O Station after just 3 years & heading to HISD. He joins former Univision 45 KXLN-TV Weekend Anchor Rebecca Suarez, who joined HISD not too long ago. http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2017/07/tracy-clemons-joins-hisd-from-ktrk-abc13.html http://abc13.com/ Your thoughts on Clemons leaving Ch. 13 & going to HISD ?
  14. In case you've been living under a rock to start the Summer, Univision 45 KXLN-TV Anchor & Reporter Rebecca Suarez has left the TV Biz once again & will be returning to HISD.... to become the new chief communications officer under HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza, according to the HISD news blog. Suarez, a 13-time Lone Star Emmy Award winner, had been with Univision 45 as the station's Weekend Anchor & Reporter & has more than 15 years of experience in media & communications. She is a former HISD staff member, having served as the district's primary spokespe
  15. The Houston Independent School District's chief auditor was allowed to return to work Wednesday, 5 months after the board suspended him for alleged misconduct & ordered an investigation. Despite the reinstatement of Richard Patton, his attorney, David Feldman, said the district owes him a public apology for an "unnecessary" investigation that appeared to focus on the auditor asking his assistant to scan some personal documents for him using work equipment. Feldman also expressed concern that Patton's responsibilities seem to have been scaled back, a move he called a
  16. Ladies & gentlemen, just wanted to know if y'all heard about the decision by the HISD School Board, who voted last night to rename 3 more schools with ties to the Confederacy. I want your reaction to these developments: http://abc13.com/education/hisd-to-rename-3-more-schools-with-confederate-ties/1197316/ Predicting some of the alumni of these high schools are going to file a lawsuit with backing from TX State Attorney General Ken Paxton [R] & Co.,
  17. 8 names that have adorned Houston school buildings, uniforms, & yearbooks for decades will be vanished forever next year after trustees came together last night to approve new ones without Confederate ties. The renaming decisions followed months of controversy that had split the school board, heightened racial tensions, & fueled mixed reactions from parents, students & alumni. Before the votes Thursday, however, the 4 trustees who initially opposed the renaming process, criticizing the lack of community input, said they would back away from their resistance; in some cas
  18. Any reaction from everyone on the surprising announcement of HISD Superintendent Terry Grier stepping down from his job after 6 years ? http://www.click2houston.com/community/newsmakers/houston-newsmakers-sept-13-hisd-superintendent-grier-resigns/35253888 http://abc13.com/education/hisd-superintendent-terry-grier-stepping-down/977933/ Interview with Rhonda Skillern-Jones on Grier stepping down as HISD Superintendent & the District's future: http://blog.chron.com/kuffsworld/2015/09/interview-with-rhonda-skillern-jones-2/
  19. Several news reports in recent months have been focusing on cheating scandals in several schools at Houston ISD, which was affected couple of schools, & it's getting worse. Any reaction from the following video links shown: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/Clip/10036720/hisd-investigation-proves-3-teachers-in-cheating-scandal http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/29253031/activist-promises-federal-lawsuit-amid-hisd-grade-inflation-scandal http://abc13.com/careers/teacher-caught-up-in-cheating-scandal-files-suit/300479/
  20. Demolition starts this month http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2015/02/26/hisd-given-go-ahead-for-washington-hs-neighborhood-demolition-project/
  21. Any reaction from those about HISD's plans on getting rid of Wheatley High School despite protests from the community ?
  22. Many comments regarding property VALUE but never the 9-12 tax authorities RATE particularly HISD's rate RATE X VALUE = property tax DUE. Everyone hammers hcad, deservedly so, who are in charge of Value ONLY. No onme hammers hisd tax rate which results in more tax revenue from most property owners than all other tax authorities combined. hisd's Rate is ALLEGEDLY necessary to meet BUDGET REQUIREMENTS. hisd budget requirement are a RESULT of administrators DELIBERATE INEFFICIENCY and GAMING OF THE SYSTEM resulting in unnecessarily EXORBITANT budget and RATE. Unfo
  23. J. Will Jones Elementary School, the last zoned Houston ISD school located in Midtown, will close. Jones will consolidate into Blackshear Elementary School in the Third Ward. http://www.houstonisd.org/HISDConnectDS/v/...nextfmt=default So far HISD has not drawn the new boundary maps. Where should the chunk of Midtown zoned to J. Will Jones be zoned to? (Obviously the chunk of Midtown east of U.S. 59/288 will be zoned to Blackshear) - Gregory Lincoln, Blackshear, or MacGregor? I don't think this will affect Midtown much at all because Midtown is not a family area.
  24. Did anyone on this board go to Samuel Clarke (S.C.) Red Elementary located near the Willow Meadows and Willowbend subdivisions at the intersection of Tonawanda and Cliffwood? They had a celebration today commemorating the school's 50th anniversary. Teachers and principals were there from the past and present, even some who taught during the early years in the late 50's, with scores of alumni.
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