Conroe ISD approves drone program and new school names

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The Conroe ISD Board of Directors approved a new drone program, named four facilities and received updates on district-wide construction projects at its June 21 meeting. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Journal)

The Conroe ISD Board of Directors approved a new career and technical education drone program and named four district facilities at its June 21 meeting, in addition to receiving updates on construction projects in different district schools.

The drone program will start next school year

The new drone program, created in partnership with Lone Star College-Conroe Center, will teach students how to operate and assemble drones, which are gaining traction in different commercial industries, according to the district.

Hedith Sauceda-Upshaw, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said the program already has 18 students from high schools in Conroe, College Park, The Woodlands, Oak Ridge and Grand Oaks awaiting approval to move on. to register. The program is approved by the Texas Education Agency, according to CISD officials.

Upshaw said the course is an industry need. Students who complete the course will receive a certification which can in turn create a career path and possible employment opportunities, she said.

Now that the course has been approved, Upshaw said the next step will be to determine the costs that students and the district will be responsible for. Superintendent Curtis Null said costs will likely end up being determined by the materials used by students only for the duration of the course.

Naming facilities

During their meeting, the board voted to name four facilities: two new elementary schools, the police command center and the natatorium.

Grand Oaks Feeder Elementary School, slated to open in August 2023, will be named after Deputy Superintendent Christopher J. Hines.

“Dr. Hines has announced his retirement, and he has been a great man in this neighborhood for many years. [and] worked at many of these schools, and I think that would be a great thing to remember Dr. Hines for,” said administrator Ray Sanders.

Flex 23, the new elementary school being built in the Caney Creek/Conroe supply area and set to open in August 2024, has been named Janet K. Bartlett Elementary School. Bartlett’s son, Cody Bartlett, said his mother was a teacher at Conroe ISD for 30 years.

The council voted to name the police command center after outgoing police chief William Harness and the natatorium after Laura Wilkinson, an Olympic gold medalist diver who trained in the woods .

Capital Improvement Update

Easy Foster, director of construction and planning, updated the council on construction projects in the area. Most projects are on schedule, with the major exception of Conroe High School, which hit a snag due to a cement shortage, Foster said.

“We have a contractor working diligently, trying to come up with innovative ways to make sure we make the old Wilson Road location and parking lot home – where our faculty and staff are, and the loop landing for next year. driving condition,” Foster said.

One of the district’s concrete suppliers was unable to deliver the concrete on time, but Foster said he was working with two other suppliers to obtain concrete.

“It is an issue that we are concerned about and monitoring, but our contractor is committed to ensuring that we have a school there next year,” Foster said.

Foster also noted that while the Caney Creek High School renovation is broadly on schedule, the main entrance will not be ready for school in August, and they are working to create another safe entrance/exit for students and staff.

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