Facility progress reports are emailed to parents and staff through HPISD's eNewsletter. Each update is posted below - click the links to view the full version of each article.
Dec. 16, 2016
Progress continues to be made on new facilities in Highland Park ISD. Much of the foundation for the new elementary school near Northwest Highway has been poured and the steel frame for all floors is being installed. In addition, the contractor has started work on installing a larger storm sewer to resolve water run-off issues in the neighborhood.
Below are recent photos from the site:
Plans for the new University Park Elementary School are taking shape. The new design will incorporate some of the school's existing features (including the frontispiece surrounding the current front door) and provide significantly more active green space for students and the community. All classrooms and common areas, such as the cafeteria and gymnasium, will be larger, there will be underground parking for staff and the school's exterior facing Amherst will be a vast improvement over what is there currently.
Below are initial renderings of the plans for the new University Park Elementary School:
|Lovers Lane Entrance
|Amherst Ave. Entrance
Click here to read the full Dec. 2016 Facilities Update.
Oct. 28, 2016
Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. A bond project schedule is now available online - click here to view it.
The general contractor for the new school, Balfour Beatty, is pouring concrete for the parking garage. Pier installation has been taking place on the rest of the building and the public should start to see the school begin to take shape in the next few weeks.The sanitary storm line installation in Wentwood Drive is complete and Northway Christian Church is connected to the new sewer.
A camera has been installed at the location to make available still photos and time-lapse photography. The camera is available at https://app.oxblue.com/open/highlandpark. In addition, a detailed construction schedule (subject to change based on weather conditions) has been posted on the district's website - click here to view it.
Click here to read the full October Facilities Update.
June 23, 2016
Ground has been broken and demolition has begun at the site of Highland Park ISD's first new elementary school since 1948. That and other projects are beginning to take shape as part of HPISD's $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015.
Here's an update on progress:
|The HPISD School Board, Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg and Dallas City Council Member Jennifer S. Gates officially broke ground June 20 on the first new elementary school in HPISD since 1948.
New elementary school
Highland Park ISD officially broke ground June 20 on a new elementary school designed to serve students for generations to come. Approximately 200 community members gathered at the site of the new school, on the corner of Wentwood and Durham, to celebrate as construction begins on the state-of-the-art facility for HPISD students. Click here to view a photo album from the event.
After the groundbreaking ceremony, Balfour Beatty Construction began clearing the site to prepare for construction. The firm has installed a screening fence and will use the north part of the site to stage and enter the property. Every effort, within reason, will be made to limit parking on residential streets during the construction stage of the building. In addition, a 24-hour hotline has been established for neighbors to be able to report concerns related to construction. (Click here to see the construction plan for the site.) The school is scheduled to open in August 2017.
To read more about the June 23, 2016 Facilities Update, click here.
March 31, 2016
Highland Park ISD continues to make progress toward starting construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015.
The following is an update on what has taken place so far:
In February, the district sold $225 million in bonds with a 20-year amortization at an interest rate of 2.95%, well below the 4.5% interest rate prior to the November bond election. By taking advantage of such a low rate, HPISD taxpayers will pay less than initially expected. The 2016-17 tax rate will be released in August.
New elementary school
Significant progress has been made on plans for the district's first new elementary school in nearly 70 years. Several focus groups have provided input on both the exterior and interior design of the school and the board has received two updates from the district's architect. Click below to view the most recent School Board presentation.
In addition, the district has been working with officials from the City of Dallas regarding the permitting and zoning for the new school as well as the traffic plan around the site. While final approval will still be needed from the Dallas City Council, the district remains on track to begin construction in early summer.
Following a competitive process, the firm of Balfour Beatty was selected to handle construction related to the bond program at all of the district's elementary schools. A second competitive process has begun to select a construction firm to work on additions/renovations to McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School and Highland Park High School.
To read more about the March 2016 Facilities Update, click here.
January 25, 2016
Progress continues to be made in laying the groundwork for several major projects approved by HPISD voters in the 2015 bond election.
The following is an update on plans for the district's facilities:
Upcoming bond sale
The Finance Committee of the HPISD School Board held a public meeting Jan. 14 to discuss, in part, the timing and sale of bonds to finance the construction projects. With the counsel of the district's bond market advisor, the committee reviewed several options and determined that selling $225 million in bonds with a 20-year amortization would be the most prudent course of action. Contributing to the decision is a very favorable bond market and HPISD's "Aaa" rating from Moody's Investor Service. The School Board has authorized the administration to sell the bonds with a sale expected to take place in February.
If the sale goes as anticipated, the tax rate increase is expected to be less than what was initially projected prior to the election. Look for further updates on the bond sale in February.
5th elementary campus
HPISD is continuing to work with Northway Christian Church to purchase land for a fifth elementary school. The talks are going as scheduled and the sale of property is expected to be completed this spring.
Designs for the school are still in the preliminary stage, and HPISD administrators are working with architects and focus groups on the layout of the interior of the campus. It is expected that the initial designs for the building will be presented at the Feb. 9 School Board meeting.
HPISD has engaged the services of Masterplan to assist with the permitting and zoning for the new elementary campus, which will be located within HPISD's boundaries and the City of Dallas. Masterplan has worked with hundreds of schools throughout Dallas to ensure that they met City Hall's requirements.
To read more from the January 2016 Facilities Update, click here.
December 4, 2015
The planning process is underway so that construction can soon begin on several of the major projects approved by voters during last month's bond election.
Throughout November, HPISD administrative staff held several planning meetings to begin mobilizing the necessary resources to implement the projects envisioned by the HPISD Board of Trustees and the Facilities Advisory Committee.
"These past few weeks have been critical to us as a school district administration to figuratively lay the groundwork so that construction can begin in earnest on the new elementary school this spring," said HPISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg. "While I know that we all wish that these projects were already under construction, the planning we do now will reap benefits in the future."
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