It’s a windfall that could have a major impact on the Houston Independent School District.
Officials with HISD have learned they stand to gain nearly $300 million if the economic stimulus package is approved. The districts superintendent says he’s never seen any district get that much money at one time.
But HISD Superintendent Abe Saavedra already has plans on how to spend the money in the district where there are aging schools. He says $100 million will likely be earmarked for new construction.
Saavedra says he’s also looking to create new programs for disadvantage youth and to expand on the dropout effort in the district.
Gayle Fallon with the Houston Federation of Teachers says the district will make out like a bandit with the stimulus package. Fallon says with all the money potentially heading to HISD teachers should get a raise.
The nation’s economic stimulus package has already passed the House. Now it’s must go through the Senate next week before approval.