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Spring ISD to convert former ITT Tech campus into teacher training facility

October 12, 2018

The Spring ISD board of trustees approved $1.3 million to convert a building formerly used as an ITT Technical Institute campus into its new teacher training facility.

The new facility will be located at 15651 North Freeway near East Richey Road and will be remodeled to provide coaching and training to teachers.

ITT Tech, a for-profit school, abruptly closed all of its campuses in 2016, including three in Houston.

The north Houston campus originally opened in 2007.

According to county records, ITT Tech still owns the building.

The renovation will not be affiliated with the list of projects from the $330 million bond approved by voters in 2016.

“Its not something that’s part of the bond. It’s being funded by part of the general district funds,” said Mark Miranda, chief operations officer for Spring ISD.

The approved $1.3 million is part of the first guaranteed maximum price for the building’s renovations.

A second guaranteed maximum price may be necessary to complete the project, Miranda said.

“We’re still developing the scope for the teacher training facility,” he said.

The facility is one of the major goals the district seeks to pursue this year.

The approved 2018-2019 budget of $397 million lists curriculum and staff development at $3.8 million.

“One of our district’s strategic priorities for this year is teacher development. That gives us the capacity to give greater coaching on campuses and also expand our training to our teachers here in the district,” said Julie Hill, Spring ISD chief of staff.

The district anticipates opening the building for use in the spring.

Across the freeway, the district recently completed the $3.9 million remodeling of its new police department building and tax office at 420 Lockhaven Drive.

mayra.cruz@chron.com

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