DISD Board Approves Interim Bridge Plan

In the early hours of Friday morning, the Dallas ISD school board approved its expansion and renovation plan, also known as the interim bridge plan, for the district’s schools. The $129.5 million project will address overcrowding issues, building repairs to older schools, and expanding the pre-K education programs.

Many schools in Preston Hollow are benefiting from this plan: Hillcrest High School, W.T. White High School, Walker Middle School, Nathan Adams Elementary School, as well as a pre-K expansion near Bush Elementary, Ann Frank Elementary, and Junkins Elementary.

The plan’s budget was decreased from $134.7 million after a vote to remove the creation of three “choice” schools that would be student interest-specific (performing arts, STEM, etc.). DISD plans on funding the bridge plan in a few ways: approximately $30 million is coming from 2008 bond funds, $75 million is coming from maintenance tax notes, and $43 million is coming out of general funds.

Construction on some of the schools in the plan is scheduled to begin immediately and others will follow in the 2016-17 school year.

Want the full summary? Check out D Magazine’s Eric Celeste’s preview of the bridge plan vote.

Imani Chet Lytle

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