Students at J.T. Brackenridge Elementary work on tablets as part of their daily curriculum.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Community to be briefed on Bond 2016 projects

Miguel Fonseca, a first grade teacher at Twain Dual Language Academy, presents flash cards in Spanish to enrich the students' vocabulary
Architecture and design firms have been busy visiting each site that San Antonio ISD’s $450 million Bond program covers -- from Brackenridge High School to J.T. Brackenridge Elementary, and 11 schools in between. The complete 13-campus Bond program will include classroom renovations, sports facilities upgrades, infrastructure overhauls and other campus-specific work.

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.

Citizens Advisory Committee offers guidance as Bond 2016 program rolls along

Kedrick Wright, (standing) director of planning and construction, delivers a presentation to members of the Citizens Advisory Committee. T...