Back in November, voters approved an $805 million bond
plan to upgrade HISD schools.
Litigation held up the schedule, but last month the
district was able to move forward with selling the bonds.
District Spokesman Terry Abbott says the new schools will
replace exisiting schools.
“This will allow us to start designing 13 brand
new schools and expanding three others. And the good
thing about these new schools is they’re going to be
environmentally sound. We’re going to build these schools
to high environmental standards so that they can not only
help educate kids, but help improve Houston’s quality of
air and quality of the general environment.”
HISD plans to build the schools to LEED certification
standards. Some of the measures include the use of
natural lighting and other energy-efficient light
sources. Several of the schools will also have plug-in
stations for electric cars. The construction should be
complete within 24 months of hiring the architectural
firms. The board is expected to approve the plan
Laurie Johnson. Houston Public Radio News.