New Texas Elementary Named for Freed Slave, School Founder

More than 125 years after Newton Isaac Collins Sr. first established a school in the area now occupied by the Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD), district leaders have named its newest elementary in his honor.

5 Phoenix-Area School Construction Projects Greet Returning Students

With the start of the 2016-17 school year, students at several Phoenix-area schools are heading back to newly constructed buildings, according to The Arizona Republic. Here’s a roundup of five major school construction projects helping to change the face of local education for the 2016-2017 school year:

2016 Project to Watch: Innovate ABQ Campus

By Lindsey Coulter
University of New Mexico Albuquerque officials and local leaders broke ground July 12 on what will eventually be the 160,000-square-foot, six-story Lobo Rainforest Building. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of Phase I of the four-phase, seven-acre InnovateABQ campus project, envisioned to be a multi-dimensional, integrated work, live and play community.

Sheldon ISD Invests $285 Million in New Construction, Upgrades

The Sheldon Independent School District (Sheldon ISD) located in unincorporated northeast Harris County will soon embark on a $285 million bond program.

Katy ISD Breaks Ground on New Elementary School

Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD) broke ground June 7 on the new Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary in Katy, Texas.

Arts Center Creates Cultural Hub in Southern Utah

By Jessie Fetterling
The new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts in Cedar City will officially make its debut with a dedication on July 7. The center is the new home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) and Southern Utah University’s (SUU) Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA).

Boise State Boosts Campus Security with Safety App

In an effort to increase campus security, Boise State University has adopted a new safety app.

Arkansas District to Build New High School, Elementary School

To make way for the new $65 million Jacksonville High School and a $15.6 million elementary school planned for the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, the district’s old middle school buildings will be demolished some time this summer.

University of Iowa Drops Art Museum Partnership

The University of Iowa (UI) recently withdrew from a planned public-private partnership for construction of a new Museum of Art building in Iowa City after university officials became concerned about the cost, which is currently estimated at $80 million.

Wichita State on Track for Innovation Campus Debut

The new 116,000-square-foot Experiential Engineering Building and 90,000-square-foot Airbus North Engineering Center at Wichita State University are on track to debut this fall. Together, they will be the first buildings to open on the university’s 150-acre Innovation Campus, designed to enhance applied learning and research at the school.