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Landrum Middle School plans Nov. 12 Groundbreaking; other projects gain public notice, momentum

On first view, a middle school groundbreaking scheduled for this Tuesday, Nov. 12, and a high school pep rally held recently on a new, raised concrete stage outdoors might sound like separate events or celebrations – apples and oranges, as the phrase goes.

In fact, both are separate pieces of the dynamic and exciting work scheduled or already underway in SBISD under the $898.4 million 2017 Bond Program. Groundbreaking ceremonies begin Tuesday with a public celebration at Landrum Middle School.

SBISD voters approved the continued rebuilding of district schools and renovation of many additional campuses and facilities in the 2017 bond election, which had an 80 percent approval rating.

The outdoor pep rally mentioned above was held during a sunny October lunch hour at Spring Woods High School. One smaller portion of the major mechanical and other renovations planned for this high  school was construction of a low-rise style concrete stage outdoors between the library and cafeteria, both of which will be renovated through the bond.

Bond work at the high school is ongoing, but the new outdoor stage is already a popular lunchtime hit, hosting karaoke contests and pep rallies that draw students, staff and even district administrators and bond project managers.

“Any time you need a raised concrete platform, give us a call!” quipped PBK architect principal Jorge Tiscareno during a recent Bond Oversight Committee meeting. That pep rally earned high praise from the bond’s district leadership.

SBISD’s Associate Superintendent for Operations Travis Stanford noted that that the multi-use stage area has formed a strong community “connector” between the library and cafeteria, a plus even though renovations are ongoing at Spring Woods High.

SBISD Groundbreaking Ceremonies:

Landrum Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony 

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m.

Landrum Middle School Auditorium

2200 Ridgecrest Drive, Houston, TX 77005

The Landrum Middle project represents the first replacement of a traditional middle school under the bond plan. Landrum Middle and KIPP Courage students and faculty will remain on their campus during construction as a new, three-story educational building is erected on site. First-phase construction will begin in late December; new building move-in is scheduled for June 2021. 

Hunters Creek Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Hunters Creek Elementary School Cafeteria

10650 Beinhorn Road, Houston TX 77024

Hunters Creek Elementary represents the first of nine remaining SBISD elementary schools that will be rebuilt under the bond plan. The new campus design is sensitive to green space, tree preservation and neighborhood compatibility needs. Hunters Creek students and staff will relocate this January 2020 to the district’s South Transition Campus. The new school is scheduled to open in August 2021. 

Cedar Brook Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m.

Cedar Brook Elementary School Cafeteria

2121 Ojeman Road, Houston TX 77080

School addition and renovations planned at Cedar Brook Elementary will result in six new classrooms, a science lab, two music rooms, and the renovation of the existing building’s interior. School renovations and updates are designed to serve the school and its community for several decades. The students and staff will remain on campus during construction. Work begins this fall, and is expected to continue until August 2021. 

To learn more, visit SBISD’s Bond 2017 website:

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