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Houston School District to Rebuild Four Elementary Schools Damaged by Harvey

HISD plans to pay for the construction with reserve funds and also revenue from special taxing districts.

Kolter Elementary School photographed April 5, 2013. The school was a recipient of funds from the 2007 Bond.
Kolter Elementary School in Meyerland received funds from the 2007 Bond. It was severely damaged during Harvey and will be one of four schools completely demolished and rebuilt.

The school board for the Houston Independent School District unanimously voted to rebuild four elementary schools that were severely damaged by Harvey’s floodwaters.

Those schools criss-cross the district, from Braeburn and Kolter elementary in Southwest Houston, Scarborough in the Northeast and Mitchell on the south side of the district. 

District administrators also plan to elevate the new buildings to prevent future flooding.

The construction is expected to cost $126 million. 

HISD plans to pay for the construction with reserve funds and also revenue from special taxing districts. But officials don’t expect any Harvey reimbursement for the work.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

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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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