We all heard about it but what did it mean for Bellaire when voters approved a $1.89 billion bond to replace and repair schools across the district? The key projects impacting Bellaire which will be funded by the bond are a new campus for Bellaire High School as well as converting the Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion School from an elementary school into a K-8 program. The Board of Education has also agreed to rebuild Condit Elementary either through the sale of surplus district property or by using any potential leftover bond funds.
Planning for the new and renovated campuses, covering 40 schools across Houston, has already begun with design work slated to begin in 2013 and construction to begin in 2014. The entire project will be spread out over the next six to eight years to help control costs.
The bond program also includes work that will benefit students across Houston, including $100 million in technology upgrades, $44.7 million to replace regional field houses and improve athletic facilities, $35 million to renovate middle school restrooms and $17.3 million for safety and security improvements.