At its Dec. 16 meeting, the La Porte
ISD Board of Trustees approved the replacement of Bayshore Elementary School,
which has been closed since September after sustaining damage during Hurricane
The Board first voted unanimously to
replace Bayshore rather than repairing the current facility. This was followed by a unanimous vote to
construct the new facility at a different site, with trustees authorizing
Superintendent Lloyd Graham to negotiate the purchase of property, subject to
Board approval. The Board specified that
the new location should be west of Old
Highway 146/Broadway, east of new Highway 146,
north of Shoreacres Blvd.,
and south of Fairmont Parkway.
Bayshore students have been
relocated to five different LPISD elementary campuses since the district's
schools reopened on Sept. 29.
Construction of the new facility is expected to be complete in January
Also during the meeting, the Board
approved PBK Architects, Inc., to provide architectural/engineering services
for the new school and Tellepsen Builders, LP, as construction manager at-risk
for the project.
According to Graham, the district
examined several options in deciding whether to repair or replace
Bayshore. At the Nov. 11 Board meeting,
trustees approved the selection of Tellepsen and PBK to provide services for
the estimation of repairs needed at the school.
estimate included repairs necessary due to Hurricane Ike as well as required
Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades and replacement of mechanical and/or
building systems at the practical ends of their life cycles. The cost for repairing Bayshore would be
around $8 million, while the total cost of building a new school would be
approximately $18.5 million.
Because students will not be in
their new facility until January 2010, Graham explained that most Bayshore
students will remain at their current host site until the new school opens.
"We want our Bayshore students to be
able to stay where they currently attend school until their new facility is
completed," Graham said. "Therefore, we
will shift our grade levels at the host sites rather than move our children to
another different campus before the new Bayshore opens in January."
For example, Bayshore first graders
who currently attend school at Lomax
Elementary School will
remain at Lomax for second grade during the first part of the 2009-2010 school
year. Other host schools for next year
include La Porte Elementary, prekindergarten; Heritage Elementary, kindergarten
and first grade; Rizzuto Elementary, third and fourth grades; and College Park, fifth
Students in Bayshore's four-year-old
Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) will join the
five-year-old PPCD program at La Porte Elementary for 2009-2010.
In addition, the district is offering
transfer opportunities to Bayshore families with two or more children assigned
to different elementary schools.
Acknowledging the difficulty that assignments to different schools cause
parents, the district will accept
transfer requests from parents (or those standing in parental relation to a
student) so that siblings will attend the same school until the new Bayshore
Beginning Jan. 5, transfer request
forms may be picked up from the receptionist at the LPISD Central
1002 San Jacinto St. Completed requests should be returned to the
office of Isela Montes, executive director of elementary education, by Jan. 9,
2009. Transfer requests will be
considered on a first-come, first-served basis, with parents notified no later
than Jan. 15.
The district must adhere to
student-to-staff ratios when making the decision to place siblings in one
school; therefore, parents will be unable to request the school to which their
child/children will be transferred.
Transfer students will be withdrawn from Bayshore and enrolled in the
"transfer to" school.
The current placement of students
also will be considered, and parents must provide transportation.
For more information, contact Isela Montes