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elementary schools with two new schools, the renovation of Taylor Elementary School, two early childhood campuses and the Woodson Center for Excellence. A stand alone career high school plus technology and security enhancements are also included in the report.
"Operational costs of a new school are approximately 50 percent less than (those of) an old school through savings on utilities, maintenance, repairs and efficiencies through design," the report states. New schools offer greater security for occupants and greater safety from risks such as fire and are designed to better fit current instructional practices.
A new career high school could prepare students for many occupational fields, such as welding and culinary arts, the report states.
70M for AISD facilities
The report stressed the aging of the school district's real estate, the need to stay current with education technology and the value of a stand alone career high school for the vast majority of students who don't complete college degrees.
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AISD Superintendent David Polnick stressed that the task force is not recommending a bond election, leaving to the school board any decision on financing.
The report is preliminary, Critical Needs Task Force Chairman Tim Lancaster stressed several times in a progress report Friday. The cost would be partially offset by $17.8 million redirected from a 2004 bond package, according to the report. The net cost would be more than $50 million.
In some instances, Lancaster said, building anew is better in the long run than renovating.
Burton attends Holland a half day and Abilene High the other half day. She plans to earn certification as a pharmacy technician, enabling her to work in a drugstore while attending Abilene Christian University. She hopes to attend medical school and eventually open her own clinic as a general practitioner.
The Abilene Independent School District needs more than $70 million in upgrades and new facilities, according to a residents task force assembled to evaluate the district's critical needs.
Briana Burton, the high school student on the 16 member task force, attends the district's existing career high school, the Holland Medical High School on the Hardin Simmons University campus.
Lancaster, CEO of Hendrick Health System, said that business people and other members of the public still have a chance help shape the task force's final report. That document will be presented to the school board, perhaps as soon as Feb. 9.
The task force report stressed the aging of the district's school buildings. The average age of the 16 elementary schools is 43 years, the four middle schools, 28 years, and the two high schools, 50 years.
"The atmosphere at Holland High School is great," Burton said. "You're all interested in the same things."
Students are all supportive of one another, as when a group prepares to take a certification exam to qualify for a health occupation such as certified nurse assistant, she said.
that she's enthusiastic about the health science courses.
Lancaster said the panel was not locked into the preliminary report. Public input could support or contradict its findings, he said.
Burton said she's not sure whether her courses at Holland are more rigorous than courses she's taken at Abilene High School, but said, "I Nike Hats Mens don't mind working harder at it," adding Chicago Bears Hats
and those who graduate enjoy enhanced lifetime benefits, the report states.
The proposed $17.8 million offset includes proceeds, including $1.5 million accumulated interest, from a 2004 capital improvements bond package. The package included funds to renovate several campuses, including Fannin, College Heights and Bowie elementary schools the three schools the task force report recommends for replacement. Fannin and College Heights would be replaced by one new elementary school, and Bowie would be replaced by a second, under the preliminary recommendation.
The AISD has followed a phased renovation schedule of elementary schools, two each year, with proceeds of the 2004 bond election.
Holland Medical High School enrolled 331 students in the 2008 09 school year, compared with 181 students enrolled in health science technology in the 2006 07 school year, before Holland opened, the report states.
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