PLAY: Public Art in Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair Park

Exciting news for Hemisfair and downtown San Antonio: families can now visit Yanaguana Garden, an active play area with climbing structures, giant game boards, a splash pad, and more. As described in this this post at Alamo City Moms Blog, October 2-4, 2015 is grand opening… Continue Reading

Temple Beth-El board to vote on Great Hearts lease at October 1 meeting

As mentioned in this earlier post, Great Hearts Texas is negotiating with Temple Beth-El, located at 211 Belknap Place in Monte Vista, for a 5-year lease to house the charter school’s first campus in San Antonio. The temple board will vote on the… Continue Reading

School board election results 2013: San Antonio ISD adds Lecholop and Valdez

The May 11 school board elections added two new faces to the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees. District 1: Steve Lecholop (campaign website) replaces trustee Rubén Cuero, who did not seek re-election. District 3: Incumbent Debra Guerrero (Facebook) will return.… Continue Reading

School board elections 2013: San Antonio ISD

Four seats on the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees are on the May 11 ballot; two incumbents have drawn opponents, but only one race (District 4) is truly contested. District 1: Steve Lecholop (campaign website) is running unopposed; trustee… Continue Reading

Learn about what makes Bonham Academy special in this Rivard Report article

Imagine: an inner city public school with a waiting list of anxious parents who live outside the school’s geographic boundaries, but want their young child to start school here. Bonham Academy is an in-district charter in the San Antonio Independent… Continue Reading

No consensus on how to spend bond money to upgrade Bonham Academy

Parents, historic preservationists, and school officials still have not reached a consensus about how to spend bond money to improve Bonham Academy, an in-district charter in the King William historic district. “Standoff continues on Bonham Academy renovation options”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, January… Continue Reading

An architect reflects on SAISD’s Bonham Academy expansion plans

Bonham Academy is a school in a quickly developing, revitalized, dense urban area. Urban schools are not like other schools that often find cookie-cutter solutions workable. This bond project has become a real test of the capability of SAISD to… Continue Reading

Playground spaces versus new construction at Bonham Academy

Parents are objecting to the construction of a new two-story building at Bonham Academy, an in-district charter in the King William historic district, because it would break up the remaining playground space. “Bonham parents upset with playground plan”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio… Continue Reading

Choosing where to live based on the schools

Two recent articles discuss housing choices based on schools. Christine Drennon, Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Trinity University, notes: School districts once were formed in response to where people live; now people live in response to where school districts… Continue Reading

School expansion versus historic neighborhoods

Healthy local schools are important for the life of historic neighborhoods, but that interest needs to be balanced against the goals of preserving significant buildings and keeping them in residential use. The San Antonio Historic and Design Review Commission recently denied… Continue Reading