The Houston Independent School District announced Wednesday the construction timeline for the 40 schools scheduled to be built or renovated. It's being made possible thanks to voters who passed a $1.89 billion bond program back in November.
"We are ready to move forward with the most ambitious school rebuilding effort in Texas history and deliver on our promises," said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.
Parents are ready, too. Dads who have children attending Condit Elementary in Bellaire said they were pleased to learn that school is on the list to see renovations start in 2014.
"The school is a great school," said Jason Wintz. "But the facilities are aging."
"Condit is a great school with great teachers," said John Holcomb. "But the building is 30 to 40 years old."
The first two schools to break ground will be North Early College and South Early College with construction starting this summer. All of the other schools will be phased in over the next five years.
The district's plans include having all of the construction projects completed by 2020.
Group 1 schools – construction anticipated to begin by end of 2014
- Condit Elementary School
- DeBakey High School
- Furr High School
- Gordon Elementary School's Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion School
- Grady Middle School
- High School for Performing and Visual Arts
- Lee High School
- Milby High School
- North Early College (construction begins 2013)
- Relief Elementary School
- Sharpstown High School
- South Early College (construction begins 2013)
- Sterling High School
- Waltrip High School
- Washington High School
- Worthing High School
- Young Men's College Preparatory Academy
Group 2 schools – construction anticipated to begin mid/late 2015
- Bellaire High School
- Davis High School
- Dowling Middle School
- Eastwood Academy
- Lamar High School
- Parker Elementary School
- Yates High School
Group 3 schools – construction anticipated to begin mid/late 2016
- Askew Elementary School
- High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
- Sam Houston High School
- Jordan High School
- Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
Group 4 schools – construction anticipated to begin mid 2016
- Austin High School
- Garden Oaks K-8
- Jones High School
- Kashmere High School
- Madison High School
- Pilgrim Academy
- Scarborough High School
- Sharpstown International
- Westbury High School
- Wharton Dual Language K-8
- Wilson Montessori K-8