Education News

New Reagan K-8 Dedicated In Honor Of Former Superintendent

This year, a new school opened in southwest Houston. Today, the campus got an official dedication — and a visit from its namesake.

For twelve years, Billy Reagan was the superintendent of the Houston Independent school district.

Now he’s 82 years old and still gives advice. Like how to fall asleep.

“When I lay awake at night and I can’t sleep. I don’t count sheep; I count children. And in my life, I have been honored to touch the lives of far beyond a million young people.”

Reagan was honored at a ceremony to dedicate the school that bears his name, the Billy Reagan Educational Center.

The school cost $29 million dollars, money from the 2007 bond. It is energy efficient and has a state of the art library.

The school is a sign of new buildings to come.

Last fall, taxpayers agreed to pay 2 billion dollars in bond money to build and fix schools in HISD.

Superintendent Terry Grier says more than 80 architects submitted proposals this month to try and get some of that work.

“The challenge we have is we only have 40 projects. We’re spending a lot of money, but a lot of that money is going towards big projects like big big high schools. So we have a lot of good firms to pick from, I wish we had enough work to go around, but it puts us in a good position.”

Grier says the Houston school board could start naming winning architects in February.


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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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