HISD to Build 13 New Schools

HISD is poised to start construction on 13 new schools.

The Board of Education will vote on a plan to hire

architects. Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson


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.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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