AISD works to set up project management software

June 1, 2015
E-Builder training meeting

E-Builder employees visited Arlington last week to continue the process of setting up the e-Builder software for the Arlington Independent School District. E-Builder is a project management system that will help the district manage all construction projects more effectively and efficiently. “We are automating something that has never been automated,” said Javier Fernandez, AISD director…

Ferguson Junior High holds its last concert

May 28, 2015
Ferguson Junior High orchestra's final concert

May 28, 2015 – Ferguson Junior High Orchestra held its grand finale Tuesday night, the final concert before Ferguson closes. The school, which opened in 2001, will consolidate with Ousley Junior High next year as part of changes associated with the 2014 Bond package. (Read more about Ferguson closing.) AISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos attended…

AISD buys new vehicles

May 26, 2015
AISD Suburban

The AISD transportation department recently purchased five new Suburbans with funds from the 2014 Bond package. The vehicles are replacing older, high-mileage vehicles. The Suburbans are used daily for a variety of purposes. The most common uses include athletics events that are out of town and for teachers to travel to conferences. The homeless program,…

AISD develops classroom technology standards

May 26, 2015
Students using laptops

The $82 million in the 2014 Bond package earmarked for technology encompasses many elements, but the underlying objective behind it all is to increase technology access for AISD students for the purpose of improved learning. In pursuit of this objective, the AISD technology department is developing districtwide classroom standards – minimum standards that each classroom…

Architects update AISD on interior plans for fine arts/dual language academies

May 26, 2015
Meeting with Stantec architects

May 26, 2015 – Architects from Stantec met with AISD staff last week to give an update on plans for the interior of Corey and Jones Fine Arts and Dual Language Academies. Stantec is designing the renovations required to transform what are currently Corey and Roquemore Elementary Schools into fine arts/dual language academies. The new…

AISD holds second planning labs for fine arts center and athletics complex

May 26, 2015
Fine Arts Center planning lab

May 26, 2015 – The AISD continued planning for its future fine arts center and athletics complex on May 21 with a second planning lab for each facility. The labs, led by educational consultants from DeJONG-RICHTER, help develop the educational specifications for each building, which will then guide the architect in the design phase. Both…

Why build a Career and Technical Center?

May 25, 2015
CTC rendering

One of the largest projects in the 2014 Bond package is the Career and Technical Center (CTC). This brand new building, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017, will offer AISD students a wide array of relevant career courses in a world-class facility. This article examines why the CTC is needed, the scope of…

Ferguson’s final concert to feature piece composed by alumnus

May 22, 2015
Musasia with Ms. Cliborn after the final concert

May 22, 2015 – Ferguson Junior High Orchestra’s grand finale, May 26, will conclude with a piece written especially for the concert by Ferguson alumnus Victor Musasia. Victor just finished his freshman year at the University of North Texas and wrote “Titans Last Stand” to honor his junior high as it finishes its final year.…

Hutcheson Junior High celebrates last homecoming before it closes

May 20, 2015
Hutcheson's last homecoming

May 20, 2015 – Hutcheson Junior High opened its doors to the public Tuesday night to celebrate its legacy and powerful impact on the city of Arlington. The school hosted a program to honor its past and namesake and then welcomed everyone to tour the building. Originally built as Sam Houston High School in 1963,…

Bidding opens for construction of two elementaries

May 20, 2015
Peach Elementary rendering

May 20, 2015 – Pre-proposal meetings this week helped inform local contractors about opportunities to bid on two new AISD elementary schools. Both schools will be funded by the 2014 Bond package. The AISD hosted the first meeting on Monday, May 18, to ask for proposals for the general construction of Sandy McNutt Elementary School.…