|Kedrick Wright, (standing) director of planning and construction, delivers a |
presentation to members of the Citizens Advisory Committee. The group meets
every three months and offers feedback and guidance on the Bond 2016 program.
Kedrick Wright, director of planning and construction, briefed the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on the schematic designs and updated the group on the project scopes.
Kamal ElHabr, associate superintendent for facilities, quipped to the committee that a lot has happened since the group last met in July. For now, the group meets every three months. Updates include the program architects for each of the campuses finishing their designs and the SAISD Board of Trustees approving all but two of them. Bowden and Brackenridge, like the rest of the campuses, will hold a community meeting to provide parents, faculty, staff, and residents in the areas impacted by the projects the chance to see the plans and learn about the construction timeline.
The community offered feedback like the need for updated fine arts and athletic facilities. Here are some of the highlights from each of the meetings:
Bowden: a need for windows in classrooms;
Burbank: branding the campus as an IB World School;
Edison: fine arts and dance studio a priority;
Fox Tech: come up with a master plan for the campus, and consider the Bond 2016 project as phase one because there are three schools (Fox Tech, Advanced Learning Academy’s 4th-12th grades, and CAST Tech) within one campus site. Plans to move the food services to the first floor was also discussed as a priority;
Jefferson: seating in the secondary gym, and branding the campus as an IB World School;
Lanier: band practice pad a priority, and mural preservation;
Sam Houston: band practice pad;
Irving: the campus transformation into an academy impacts how the school will be used and therefore its design;
Rogers: construction of a brand new, three-story academic wing;
Tafolla: complete renovation of three-story classroom wing, administration offices, library and life skills room;
J.T. Brackenridge: redesign will include a new entry and secure vestibule;
Davis: complete overhaul of classroom windows for natural lighting.
As for the important murals at campuses like Burbank, Lanier and Sam Houston, there is an ongoing discussion of displaying and preserving the images. Members of the CAC highlighted a need to preserve the cultural legacies of the schools overall, noting that SAISD carries with it years of history that’s important to each of the communities and alumni of the schools.
They also want to make sure that the project managers and architects are working with campus leaders to think of important aspects of school life like student drop-off and pick-up.
District facilities personnel are not only managing Bond 2016, but are looking beyond the program through the SAISD Master Plan 2030, as well as how potential future bond projects could add to the progress accomplished through the current bond program.