Photos courtesy of HEB ISD.

$1 billion possible for Dallas-area schools 

October 6, 2023

Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB) ISD could receive $997.3 million to replace two high schools and four elementary schools if voters approve a bond measure Nov. 7. 

The school’s Proposition A would fund renovations for buildings over 50 years old that do not meet Texas Education Agency (TEA) safety standards. 

Because of the structural conditions of L.D. Bell and Trinity High School, it is more cost effective to replace the schools than renovate them. The estimated cost is $342 million for each high school. Both projects are currently in the design phase. 

Construction on L.D. Bell will be done in two phases over four years. The new campus would total 470,000 square feet and include 90 classrooms, 18 science labs, 65,000 square feet of visual and performing arts space, three gyms with four full-size basketball courts and 14,000 square feet of dining space. 

Trinity construction will total three phases over four and a half years. The 490,000-square-foot campus will include 97 classrooms, 21 science labs, 65,000 square feet of visual and performing arts space, three gyms with four full-size basketball courts and 17,500 square feet of dining space. 

The elementary school projects will use a prototype campus and are moving straight to construction, with estimated project costs ranging from $62.5 million to $65 million. 

Additional funding from the bond will be used for safety updates, including a secure entry at Hurst Junior High. The remaining $37.8 million will go toward converting an elementary school into a high school and technology infrastructure.

Gracie Warhurst

Gracie Warhurst has joined Strategic Partnerships, Inc. as a writer and digital content creator for the new Government Market News portal. With a rich background in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Warhurst has experience as editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, assistant web editor, and project manager for an AI journalism project. She also contributed as a reporter during the development of SPI's news portal. Warhurst graduated summa cum laude in December 2023 with a BA in Journalism and a certificate in creative writing, making her a valuable asset to the SPI team.

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