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Dickinson ISD beginning work on $56 million bond projects for new Ed. Village


DICKINSON — The school district has almost completed the projects associated with 2005 and 2007 bonds, just in time to begin work on the $56 million bond passed in May.
Construction crews began clearing land for the new education village recently, Communications Director Tammy Dowdy said.
The remaining projects under the two older bonds included renovations to Dickinson High School’s cafeteria and auditorium.
Renovations to the high school cafeteria included making accommodations for the rollout of its new SMART Lunch program.
SMART Lunch is a program designed to maximize time for students, teachers and other staff by offering a redesigned lunch schedule which allows for lunch, midday tutorials and time for other academic programs, Dickinson High School Principal Billye Smith said.
With the completion of those bond projects, district officials can now focus on the work approved by voters in the May election.
The education village, located on FM 517 between Calder Road and Cemetery Road, will house Dickinson ISD’s seventh elementary school and third middle school to help accommodate the district’s booming student population.
Having both schools on the same site would allow for shared resources and space, such as a cafeteria, library and some office areas.
That could save the district about $1 million in costs, Dowdy said.
The school district covers 61 square miles and is the fastest growing school district in the county. Enrollment numbers surpassed the projected 10,000 students anticipated to be in classrooms at the start of the 2013-14 school year, district officials said.
Ten years ago, 6,515 students were in the district. In a decade, the district has grown by almost 7 percent.
Because of the continued growth, Dickinson ISD has had to keep building. To pay for the construction, the district has had to take on debt. To date, the district has $276 million in debt, Dowdy said.
Voters approved a $107.5 million bond package in 2007, which funded renovations and upgraded several facilities. In 2005, voters approved two propositions totaling $85 million. The majority of those funs was used on new schools, upgrades to facilities and an agricultural center. About $13 million funded a new stadium.
Voters also approved a $47.4 million bond in 1999 that funded two new elementary schools, a middle school and additions and renovations to existing buildings.
Because of Dickinson ISD’s increasing tax base and the district being able to refinance some current debt at lower interest rates, trustees were able to keep the tax rate the same, $1.54 per $100 of assessed property value. The debt is expected to be paid off in 30 years.


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Congrats to the Gator Band

Congratulations to the Fighting Gator Band for being awarded one of the best bands in the Houston region last Saturday at the UIL Area Marching Contest. DHS was one of seven bands chosen to make another trip to the state competition in San Antonio next week. The band is scheduled to leave DHS at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4. DISD is asking citizens and businesses to put out signs and line the streets on that day to send them off with a bang!!

DHS transitions to new Smart Lunch program for students

Within 15 minutes after the lunch bell at 10:40 a.m., Dickinson High School’s child nutrition staff will have fed about 1,500 students.
That is more than half the student population. It hasn’t always been that way. At the start of this school year, Dickinson High School and Santa Fe High School began a new way of serving lunch.
Traditionally, the two high schools have had three or four 30-minute lunch periods. Now, both high school campuses feed all their students at once. For Dickinson High School, that means 2,674 students eat at the same time. At Santa Fe High School, 1,485 students eat at once. Although the two districts’ programs are slightly different, their overall goals are the same: to provide opportunities to improve academic performance, to encourage responsibility and to offer practice in time management.
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