McKinney ISD and Northwest ISD, along with Alvin and Houston ISDs, have been selected to receive the Caudill Award, the highest honor in the annual Exhibit of School Architecture competition facilitated by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for projects that exemplify excellence in planning and design of the learning environment.

The architectural projects will be on display in the exhibit hall, and the winners will be recognized during the 2018 TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin January 28-31.

The McKinney and Northwest ISD winning projects—both designed by Stantec—received at least four stars each from six areas of distinction, making them eligible for the Caudill Award, which is named after Texas architect William Wayne Caudill (1914–1983), whose progressive concepts continue to influence school design.

McKinney ISD won for additions and renovations to the existing McKinney North High School to expand fine arts; enhance the career and technical education programs in the fields of health science; robotics and aviation; improve the safety and security of students; and update the aesthetics of the building. The project was funded by an MISD 2011 school bond measure.

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition,” said Greg Suttle, MISD executive director of facilities services and construction. “Our staff and teachers provided a great deal of input during the planning and design phase with Stantec, so it’s rewarding to see the hard work of everyone involved recognized with an award like this. This project has opened up enhanced educational opportunities for our students, and that is always our primary goal.”

The Exhibit of School Architecture awards are given at the discretion of a 12-member jury (four school board members, four administrators, two representatives from the Texas Society of Architects and two representatives from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). The Caudill Award winners were chosen from among 27 projects awarded Stars of Distinction in the areas of community, planning, transformation, design, value and sustainability.

Source: Texas Association of School Administrators

TASA<http://www.tasanet.org/> is the professional association for Texas school administrators, providing networking and professional learning opportunities, legislative advocacy, and targeted communications to support the work of superintendents and other school leaders. The organization’s mission is to promote, provide, and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.

TASB<http://www.tasb.org/> is an association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5.3 million students. TASB’s mission is to promote educational excellence for Texas schoolchildren through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services to school districts.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

Featured photo above: McKinney North High School underwent a major renovation and expansion project that was completed in 2016.


The redesigned front foyer at McKinney North High School not only provides a visually striking entry to the building, but also enhances student safety with a security vestibule.

The Redesigned front foyer at McKinney North High School not only provides a visually striking entry to the building, but also enhances student safety with a security vestibule.


The redesigned McKinney North library.


A bird’s eye view of the aviation classroom. MISD Aviation Academy students also learn at facilities made available at the McKinney National Airport.


The Health Sciences program received new, expanded classrooms and facilities with the renovation.