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Humble ISD commissioned a “Rooftops to Flowerbeds” study from PBK Architects in December 2015. After 19 months, the results of the $300,000 study were presented at the June 2017 school board meeting.
The report outlines three priority levels for district projects:
- Category 1 projects are “must dos” to address legal issues, safety issues or critical infrastructure concerns. See The Tribune’s previous story at ourtribune.com/headlines/18950-facilities-report-splits-projects-into-3-groups.html.
- Category 2 projects are “nice to have” projects that the district would like to undertake in the next three to five years to meet a curriculum or instructional need.
- Category 3 projects are listed as “would like to do,” but are not high priority because the need doesn’t have to be addressed for six-10 more years.
- A fourth category includes items that will not be addressed by the bond at all because their life expectancy is 10-plus years.
The Tribune has examined the first two categories in earlier articles.
The sum of all Category 3 projects is nearly $500 million. For high schools, these projects total an additional $103 million. $82 million is estimated for middle schools, $286 million for elementary schools, and $25 million for additional improvements to administration buildings.
A fourth category includes items that will not be addressed by the next bond (anticipated in May 2018) at all because their life expectancy is 10-plus years. Projects in this category total an additional $170 million.
The report also includes plans and price tags for new campuses and major projects needed to accommodate the projected growth in the area, as estimated by the February 2016 Demographics Report. The plan aims to minimize use of temporary classroom buildings and student moves for attendance boundary changes. Five new campuses are outlined: elementary schools 29-31 ($32 million each), a new middle school ($58 million), and a new high school ($160 million). Costs are calculated in 2017 dollars, but the report also provides a cost calculator if the projects are done in future dollars. An elementary school that costs $32 million today would cost $42 million in 2021. Similarly, the middle school cost would rise to $73 million and the high school to $213 million.
New schools will be built to accommodate 950 elementary, 1,100 middle and 3,200 high school students. The report also costs out a $5 million plan to add classrooms to Atascocita High School and a $10 million HHS library and cafeteria renovation.
Millions of dollars in sports complex renovations are also listed, including a $42 million new district natatorium, $5 million to add a third practice gym to all high schools and the Community Learning Center (CLC), $2.2 million for Humble High School baseball field turf, $5 million for football turf at all high schools, and a $6 million renovation to the Charles Street Stadium.
The report also estimates the cost of totally rebuilding the 57-year-old Lakeland Elementary campus ($36 million) and the 40-year-old Kingwood Middle School campus ($63 million).
Finally, several brand new facilities are priced, including a $16 million North Transportation Center for buses, a new $14 million pre-K center, a $15 million 400-student early college campus, a $72 million new career technology education center and a $90 million, 7,500-seat multipurpose arena for graduation ceremonies and similar functions.
To determine total renovations for each campus, one must sum up all categories for that campus. For example, the total cost for the CLC is approximately $21 million. CLC houses the MOSAIC special needs programs for students age 18-22 and the behavior training educational placement center that focuses on stabilizing students in grades 2 to 12 who have failed to respond to campus level intervention. The campus serves as transitional intervention between Humble ISD and more restrictive placement.
The total price tag for all recommendations for the 90-square-mile district is a staggering $1.7 billion.
The link for the report can be found at pbk.com/media/_fbooks/Humble%20ISD%202017%20Facilities%20Assessment/#341/z.

 

 

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Jacqueline Havelka
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I am a rocket scientist turned writer. I worked at Lockheed Martin-Johnson Space Center for many years managing experiments on the Space Station and Shuttle, and I now own my own firm, Inform Scientific, specializing in technical and medical writing and research program management. I am a contributing correspondent to The Tribune, a Kingwood resident for 12 years, and proud mom to two Aggie sons.