Category: Schools

Crane falls at UP Elementary construction site


A fully extended crane fell over at the UP Elementary construction site on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Highland Park ISD)

A crane fell over early Wednesday afternoon at the UP Elementary construction site, but no one was injured, University Park officials said.

"Emergency crews were dispatched to the construction site just after 1 p.m.," reported Steve Mace, the city's community information officer. "The crane was positioned near the south entry gate."

Middle School Businessman


FROM LEFT: Brothers Tate and Truman peddle candy bars at Learning Express in Snider Plaza. (Courtesy photo)

Truman Wilson is much like most 12-year-olds – crazy about technology, his group of friends, and candy.

One difference between the Highland Park Middle School student and his peers, however, is that Truman runs his own company. He sells an original chocolate bar – the Truman Bar – at area stores and through word-of-mouth marketing.

“I wanted to make a business with things that every kid loves like prizes, candy, technology; things like that,” the seventh-grader said.

Armstrong Student’s Quest for Honor


Rabel McNutt [right] spends time with Woody Williams, a World War II Medal of Honor Winner, at a conference in New Orleans. (Photo: Bill McNutt)

Rabel McNutt would like your help.

The Armstrong Elementary fourth-grader wants President Donald Trump to designate an official state funeral when the last World War II Medal of Honor winner dies. She recently started a petition at to get his attention.

Under the guidelines of the White House “We the People” program, the executive branch is obligated to respond to any petition that gets more than 100,000 signatures. At last count, Rabel’s had already garnered more than 2,000.

HPISD Bond Update


A rendering of the rebuild of Bradfield Elementary. (Photo: Courtesy HPISD)

With several projects under construction – or soon-to-be heading there – the full picture of Highland Park ISD’s $361.4 million renovation is coming into focus.

Passed by voters in 2015, the historic bond package allowed HPISD to build a new elementary school and raze and rebuild three lower schools; make technology upgrades and renovations at the district’s middle, intermediate, and high schools; and it paved the way for new athletic and parking complexes.

Here’s a snapshot of where the projects stand:

HPISD Trustees Jim Hitzelberger, Lee Michael Seek Re-election


Jim Hitzelberger

HPISD board president Jim Hitzelberger and board secretary Lee Michaels have announced that they will run for re-election May 5.

“Lee and I wish to continue our service to the school district as we work through many significant renovations and improvements to our schools,” Hitzelberger said. “There is still much work to be done.”

Both Michaels and Hitzelberger are long-time residents of the community. The Hitzelberger family is now in its fourth generation in the school district.

Lee Michaels

Student Council Makes Respect a Project


Holland Wiles leads younger students in a discussion about kindness and empathy. (Photo: John Hinton)

Scots pep rallies have been a little different this year with student recognition going beyond athletic and academic achievement.

The school has celebrated students like junior Skylar Wilson for valuing kindness and respect. She received a certificate, a box of cookies, and a round of applause.