Spring ISD has unveiled a refresh of its Bond 2016 website, giving visitors detailed information about each of the projects funded by the $330 million bond, from schedules to renderings.
The web redesign comes as the district continues to make progress on fulfilling all of its commitments under the bond program, including the construction of two middle schools, three ninth-grade centers, a replacement district stadium and deferred maintenance projects at four schools.
“As we started building our new schools, we also realized we needed to build a new website,” said Chief Communications Officer Tiffany Dunne-Oldfield. “We have a lot of great progress to share and we wanted to make that information accessible by specific project. So if you’re a Roberson Middle School parent, you’ll be able to find all the details about that project on one page.”
The new website also includes an enhanced map that shows the location of all the work across the district. By clicking on the map, visitors can drill down to the details on that project.
In another unique feature, the website offers aerial video clips showing recent progress on projects currently under construction – the replacement stadium, Middle School #8 and Roberson replacement campus. Those short videos offer a birds-eye view of activity, and give a sense of scale to the work.
“These videos are a snapshot in time but if you don’t have the time to actually drive by one of our construction sites, they do give you a sense of what’s going on,” said Gary Hutton, Spring ISD executive director of planning and construction. “They also give some perspective on the scale of the projects. For example, the replacement stadium is being built on a site that is about 109 acres but it’s hard to get a sense of the size until you watch the video.”
Going forward, the district plans to keep updating the videos, photos and project statuses on at least a monthly basis. As projects move forward, the schedule will show check marks when big milestones are completed.
The 2018-19 school year will be an especially busy time for the bond program, as the district finishes the planning of the three ninth-grade centers and adds them next year to the list of active construction projects.
“We are very excited about all the hard work to date on the bond program and everything that is going to come from it,” said Spring ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney E. Watson. “We’re grateful for all of the support, and we hope this website gives our community another way to follow what’s going on.”