|Miguel Fonseca, a first grade teacher at Twain Dual Language Academy, presents flash cards in Spanish to enrich the students' vocabulary|
As the firms assess the facilities and develop a scope for the projects they’ll be building, SAISD facilities leaders, under the direction of Kamal ElHabr, associate superintendent for facilities, and Kedrick Wright, director of planning and construction, will begin gathering input from the public with a series of community meetings to kick off shortly. Families within the Bond program zones will be able to hear about the projects first-hand, as well as offer feedback to the firms. The meetings will be held at each of the Bond schools, and there will be several. Initially, the community meetings will help parents, students and school staff to understand what will be happening at their campus and to answer questions. In later meetings, the firms will discuss logistics of construction underway while school is in session.
Plans are already underway for some of the changes to one of the Bond-renovation schools, Irving Middle School, which is in the process of transitioning into a new dual language academy, opening in August for PK to 2nd graders (over time expanding to become a PK-8 academy). First up in renovations are preparations to upgrade restrooms to accommodate the littlest learners, as well as add fencing and age-appropriate playground equipment and furniture.
Planning for all the 13 schools will be discussed in the upcoming community meetings. Once the meetings are arranged, SAISD will announce them via its website and social media channels. Additionally, the campuses will inform parents of the meeting dates and times.