Dallas ISD Shifts Money for ‘extreme Makeover' for Some Schools, Delaying Others

The small Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center was suddenly bulging with elementary students when nearly 300 more children enrolled after the 2017 closing of a nearby school. More resources have flowed to the West Dallas campus but some things don't come so easily, like more bathrooms or cafeteria space. So Dallas school trustees upped the amount of bond improvements Martinez will get from an estimated $2.6 million to $8.5 million, which will help the school address building needs. That change was part of the reshuffling of how money should be spent as trustees approved the last spending from a 2015 bond sale. DISD officials gave themselves wiggle room when voters approved the 2015 bond package, saying that the projects could change as time went on. In December, trustees approved 27 school projects as part of the final phase of the bond, with most of those campuses getting more money than expected.The district originally identified 121 potential projects for the final phases of bond work. That work would have cost about $1.5 billion.  Continue reading...

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