Public comment on proposed commissioner’s rules on new school facilities standards is now open. The proposed revisions would remove an obsolete rule, provide an end date for the current school facilities standards rule, and create a new rule to implement the safety standards required by Senate Bill 11, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.
The 22-member TASA School Facilities Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Dawson Orr, department chair and director for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program at Southern Methodist University, and Kerri Ranney, vice president of educational practice for Huckabee, have been working and meeting at TASA conferences for nearly two years to rewrite the current facilities standards, which are outdated.
The committee had 15 subcommittees focused on various aspects of facilities design. They ranged from early childhood to safety and security to technology/digital environment. The 95 subcommittee members represented organizations ranging from TASB and TASBO to the Association for Learning Environments, Texas Construction Association, and more.
The new standards the committee drafted were reviewed and edited by the Commissioner of Education and Texas Education Agency staff and are now moving forward in proposed commissioner’s rules that were posted in The Texas Register May 15 for public comment. The proposed effective date is September 1.
You may comment on the proposed rules using this online form by June 29.