2014 Bond Program Update - Winter 2015
Sullivan Elementary begins to take shape, construction on schedule
Construction of Fort Bend ISD's 47th elementary school is underway in the Riverstone Community. Sullivan Elementary is designed to serve 1,200 students and is scheduled to open for the start of the 2016-17 school year. The school was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified status.
In August, crews began pouring the foundation slab in several areas, and steel delivery and installation began. Since then, the work hasn't stopped with paving, plumbing and electrical installation, as well as concrete masonry work.
To see a photo slideshow of Sullivan Elementary, click here. You can also review the latest monthly report here.

FBISD School Board approves concept of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Facility

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved conceptual plans for updates to Career and Technical Education facilities at three high schools and the future design and construction of a centralized state-of-the-art facility for the delivery of expanded CTE programs. During a regular business meeting on Monday, December 14, trustees gave the administration authorization to proceed with the planning and design process of the facilities, which will be funded through the 2014 Bond Program. The 2014 Bond Program, approved by voters in November of 2014, included $59 million dollars earmarked for CTE improvements.
2014 Bond Program Update: Technology Upgrade Underway

Work is progressing on District-wide technology upgrades that were included in the November 2014 Bond.  Tremendous accomplishments have been achieved over the summer and during first semester by the Information Technology Division, not only for the Bond Projects, but for overall improvement of the District's technology capabilities.

Upgrading a single campus involves our own internal Technology team, multiple vendors and precise scheduling. New electrical circuits are required to support the new network equipment being.
New buses arrive, expected to be on the roadways soon

More than a dozen new buses funded in the 2014 Bond Program have been delivered to Fort Bend ISD, with others arriving every week. This fall, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 80 buses to replace part of the District's aging fleet. The 2014 Bond Program included $15.9 million for new school buses, bus cameras, and Global Positioning Systems on all buses. 
Fifty-five 71-passenger school buses and 25 53-passenger school buses have been ordered to date, and the transportation department anticipates that 65 of the buses will be in service in the beginning of 2016. These buses are arriving with cameras and radios already installed, and GPS units will be installed before they hit the roads.

Design process continues for three new elementary schools, classroom additions
In September, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved schematic designs for three of the District's newest elementary schools: ES 48 in Sienna Plantation, ES 49 in Harvest Green, and ES 50 in Grand Vista. All three of these schools are currently scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year and will be funded through the 2014 Bond Program. The District expects to recommend contractors for Board approval in Spring of 2016.

Schematic design refers to the general scope and conceptual design of the projects, including a general building layout and the programming needs that will be supported within the facility. Following schematic design approval, architects continue to further develop and refine the design composition, dimensions, attributes and specifications, resulting into the final design.
In October, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved schematic designs for classroom additions funded in the 2014 Bond Program. Construction on classroom additions at Cornerstone, Sienna Crossing, Scanlan Oaks, Jan Schiff, Holley, and Oyster Creek elementary schools is expected to begin in the summer of 2016.
To learn more about the 2014 Bond Program, including monthly status reports and information about Bond Oversight Committee meetings, please visit the 2014 Bond Program webpage.

Fort Bend ISD actively soliciting small business participation for Construction and Renovation Services Projects, Kick-off Meeting Planned for January 19
Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the FBISD team!
The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved a Small Business Enterprise Program for construction services projects in the amount of $50,000 or greater. In conjunction with the District's $484 million 2014 Bond Program construction and renovation projects, the District's Business Opportunity Services Team will hold a kick-off meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Bend ISD Purchasing and Facilities Management Offices located at 555 Julie Rivers Drive in Sugar Land (77478). The meeting will provide information on "how to do business."