Project Details

Lifecycle Projects vs New Projects/Facilities

As the Carroll Administration has been reviewing the recommendations of the Capital Needs Planning Committee (CNPC), we have been transferring the recommendations to a list of potential projects for each Carroll ISD facility. The recommendations create issues at each facility that would need to be resolved through certain adjustments and maintenance.

A major portion of the items identified in the CNPC Recommendation are related to ongoing maintenance items that would be referred to as Lifecycle items. Examples of Lifecycle items include replacement of existing roofs, air conditioning/heating systems, lighting, plumbing, kitchen equipment, playground surfaces, technology, buses, and more.

No final decisions on project lists have been made yet in relation to a potential Bond Election. However, the Administration has taken the recommendations of the Capital Needs Planning Committee and created not only a Campus-by-Campus Project List, but also a more detailed project list broken down by four main CNPC subcategories:


Building Use/Capital Improvements

The Building Use/Capital Improvements Subcommittee studied Current and Projected Enrollment, existing facilities and Building Capacities in an effort to identify projects to address student enrollment and programs. The group focused heavily on the district's growing Blended Preschool program and on elementary classroom space. The subcommittee identified what they believed an ideal elementary school size should be (550 students) and what it would take for Carroll ISD to implement a 550-student elementary system (adding a sixth elementary school).

Ultimately, the full CNPC Recommendation in years 1-5 is for classroom additions at each elementary school, with further financial and feasibility studies for a possible sixth elementary school in years 6-10.

In addition to classroom additions at every elementary, the Building Use/Capital Improvement project list also includes the following:

  • Reconfigure entryway and add gym bleachers at Rockenbaugh Elementary
  • Enlarge gyms at Carroll and Johnson Elementary Schools
  • Lower stage at Carroll Elementary
  • Add canopies over student walkways at Eubanks Intermediate
  • Add stairs and a ramp to the track area at Dawson Middle School
  • Reconfigure the front office area and copy room at Durham Intermediate
  • Improve hallway acoustics at Carroll Middle School
  • Add language labs and move robotics classrooms at Carroll High
  • Add wing for STEM Academy and improve cafeteria area at Carroll Senior High

Classroom Additions at each Elementary School - The project list includes classroom additions at each of the five existing elementary schools, which would give the district about 28 more classrooms district-wide.

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Extra-curricular/Co-curricular

The Capital Needs Planning Committee (CNPC) identified a number of projects in their recommendation for district and eventually voter consideration.  The CNPC recommendation is as follows;

Carroll Sr. High School Campus

  • New Fine Arts Facility to seat 700 people and to house the music programs
  • Make repairs and improvements to the existing theater and support spaces
  • Make repairs and improvements to the Aquatics Center
  • Repair the exterior walls and roof of the indoor workout facility
  • Repairs and improvements to the baseball and softball facilities
  • Provide additional and upgraded batting cages

Band Instruments - The list for extra-curricular/co-curricular projects includes about $1 million in band instruments for intermediate, middle and high school band programs.

New Performing Arts Facility - This project involves construction of a new, 700-seat performing arts auditorium for band and choir performances. The building could be constructed on the corner of Peytonville and FM 1709/Southlake Boulevard on the campus of Carroll Sr. High School. This project would free up existing space in numerous locations to allow for renovations for STEM and science labs at Carroll High School and theatre, journalism and other programs at Carroll Sr. High.

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Field Turf - Field turf is less expensive to maintain than natural grass, which could help CISD save operating and manpower costs. In addition, it creates an opportunity for CISD to rent fields to generate additional operating budget revenue. Studies have also shown that field turf is safer for athletes. The project list includes field turf on several practice and competition fields for students in grades 7-12.

Dragon Stadium Maintenance & Renovations - Dragon Stadium opened more than 15 years ago and has only undergone one renovation during that time period. In 2009, voters approved an additional 1,600 seats on the home side, as well as field turf replacement. The CNPC and the CISD Administration have identified a number of maintenance issues at the stadium. 

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Maintenance/Transportation/Safety & Security

A significant amount of the items on the project list identified by the CNPC Recommendation involves ongoing maintenance of existing facilities. This includes the following:

  • New Roofs
  • New Exterior Doors
  • Repairs to Exterior walls such as brick and other exterior components
  • Site Work, to include paving, sidewalks, canopy systems, site lighting
  • Painting and providing durable interior wall surfaces
  • New Flooring
  • New Ceilings
  • Renovate Restrooms
  • Kitchen Upgrades

Mechanical - Electrical - Plumbing (MEP) Projects

In September of 2014, Carroll ISD contracted with a company called IEG to conduct a mechanical and energy facility assessment. The recommendations of IEG, now known as the MEP Report, were presented to the CISD Administration, the Carroll School Board and members of the Capital Needs Planning Committee (CNPC).
Although the full  MEP Report outlined about $51 million in projects, the CNPC divided the recommendations into two parts. The first part is a project list of about $28 millions that would be decided by voters in the next bond election. The second part, totaling an additional $23 million in MEP-related projects, would be addressed in years 6-10.


Transportation Fleet - School Buses/Other

Carroll ISD provides bus transportation to families who purchase a bus pass. The district does not receive funding from the state to transport students to and from school. The Capital Needs Planning Committee (CNPC) recommended the purchase of buses over a five-year period in an effort to replace the district's current aging fleet.
 



Technology/Instructional Programming

Infrastructure - The system to ensure that technology devices work in public schools is dependent on the infrastructure in place to support those systems. Technology infrastructure generally refers to the hardware, software, network resources, facilities, servers and switches necessary to develop, test, deliver, monitor, control or support Instructional Technology services. Data center infrastructure refers to the power, cooling and building elements that create an environment for the technology infrastructure.

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Classroom Presentation Resources - Technology has the capability to improve how teachers run their classrooms.  Interactive instructional displays, laptops, desktops, iPads, document cameras and voice amplification can all be used to improve the delivery of lessons and teach with emerging technology, while students use the technology to shape how they learn.  As classroom technology reaches its lifecycle, a replacement cycle helps provide teachers necessary 21st century tools and provide innovative and authentic instructional experiences for students.

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21st Century Collaborative Spaces - The project list includes money for each of the 11 CISD campuses to buy furniture and install power for collaborative 21st century learning spaces or maker spaces. 21st century learners require new dynamics. One way to achieve that new dynamic is with collaborative learning environments or CLEs. CLE’s can be in clusters or pods in order to accommodate today’s learners who prefer interactive and social activities. This allows students to work in small groups of two to six, to interact directly, see facial expressions and establish eye contact.  

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Student Devices - The project list includes about $8 million for student devices, including a refresh of existing devices and about $3 million in additional devices, along with a technology position for every campus dedicated to serving the devices. This gives CISD the flexibility to move closer toward the Strategic Plan's goal of one device for every student.  

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