Summer Renovations Planned at DFW District

Plano ISD
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In June, Plano ISD will begin renovations at its three early-childhood campuses as part of a nearly $1.5 billion bond package.

At Pearson Early Childhood School and Beaty Early Childhood School, the projects include the addition of kitchen and dining rooms, replacing sprinkler system valves, providing new controls, installing digital marquees, adding additional parking, and adding interior cameras. The work encompasses over 10,000 square feet at each location and is expected to be completed in August 2025.

The work at Isaacs Early Childhood School includes replacing playground equipment, adding new signs, replacing sprinkler system valves, providing new controls, and adding a kitchen and dining room. The work encompasses over 14,000 square feet and is also expected to be completed by August 2025.

The estimated cost of construction for the three school renovations is a little over $16 million, according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filings. Glenn Partners of Dallas is listed as the design firm.

In November 2022, voters authorized funding for renovations across the district, as well as for transportation improvements and security and technology upgrades, through a pair of bond propositions. They also approved a tax rate election to increase revenue for teachers and staff salaries and to increase revenue for student programs.

In Texas, school districts cannot use bond revenue on administrative and teacher salaries. Such funds may only be spent on new construction, renovations, land acquisition, and equipment.

With an annual budget of about $754 million, student enrollment at Plano ISD is around 48,000. It is one the more sought-after school districts in North Texas because of its academic robustness, such as its dual enrollment partnership with Collin College, as reported by The Dallas Express.

The district received a “B” rating from the Texas Education Agency, with 62% of students scoring at grade level or above on the 2021-2022 STAAR exam. Over 95% of graduating seniors received their diploma within four years – above the statewide average of 90%.

For comparison, nearby Dallas ISD received a “C” rating from TEA, with 41% of students scoring at grade level or above on the 2021-2022 STAAR exam. Nearly 20% of graduating seniors did not receive a diploma within four years.

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