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 cost of the Category 2 projects, if all are completed, is an estimated $253 million.
Category 2 projects were divided into two categories, 2.1 and 2.2 projects. Projects in Category 2.1 have a higher critical need.
District spokesperson Jamie Mount said, “A ranking system was used because funding will not stretch far enough to cover all projects included in the facilities assessment. The ranking system will help facilitate discussions that will be occurring.”
The district leaders are considering a bond issue in 2018. School board members vary in their opinions about whether a bond will be needed. While some say that a bond may not be needed at all, other trustees have cited dates ranging from Fall 2017 to May 2019 regarding a bond election. The most likely scenario is a May 2018 bond election. If that scenario occurs, a bond committee would convene by October.
Category 2 projects break down as follows: A total of $79 million is needed for high schools ($8.5 million for Atascocita HS, $25 million for Humble HS, $14 million for Kingwood HS, $18 million for Kingwood Park HS, and $9 million for Summer Creek HS). The budget for eight middle schools is $74 million, and $89 million is projected for the district’s 28 elementary schools. Another $20 million is projected for improvements to Humble ISD administration buildings.
Examples of Atascocita High Category 2.1 curricular and instructional need improvements include:
- Replacement of carpeting throughout the campus at a cost of $1 million. The carpet was last replaced in 2006 and is scheduled again for 2021. All costs are reported in 2017 dollars, so if the carpeting is replaced later than that, it could cost significantly more.
- Painting of interior and exterior surfaces at a cost of $863,000.
- Renovation of a single existing science classroom into an aerospace classroom with a clean room and shop, at a cost of $300,000.
- “Addition of standing height bars and spatial element seating to renovate the cafeteria into a place students want to be,” at a cost of nearly $1 million.
Despite extensive recent renovations, the report calls for an additional $25 million for Humble High renovations such as replacing vinyl wall covering near staircases (cost $828,000) and renovating the special education area to match Summer Creek’s facility with life skills, applied skills and adaptive behavior areas (cost $625,000).
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen described the report as a “living, breathing document,” and has emphasized that the report is a planning document and that the district will not necessarily do all projects as outlined.
The report was provided by PBK, an architectural and engineering design firm with offices in California and Texas. PBK is the largest architectural firm in Houston, and has previously provided the architecture and interiors work for Atascocita HS, Summer Creek HS and Atascocita Springs Elementary School. A PBK-owned company, DIG Engineers, provided civil engineering for Humble ISD Middle School No. 9 in the Groves subdivision, and additional parking for Turner Stadium.
The last Humble ISD bond was in 2008 at a cost of $245 million.
The link for the report can be found at pbk.com/media/_fbooks/Humble%20ISD%202017%20Facilities%20Assessment/#341/z.
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