HOUSTON- The HISD Board of Education on Thursday accepted a $7.5 million gift from the Kinder Foundation that will pay for construction upgrades and equipment for the new High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The new campus, which is under construction in downtown Houston, will be renamed the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Some of the upgrades that will be covered by the Kinder Foundation gift include:

  • State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment;
  • Music practice rooms;
  • An orchestra pit lift; and
  • A mini theater complete buildout

In 2012, HISD voters approved a $1.89 billion bond package that includes a new HSPVA campus at 790 Austin Street in downtown Houston.

“We are delighted with the Board decision and want to thank the HISD Board of Trustees and HSPVA Friends,” the Kinder Foundation said in a statement. “We hope these joint and cooperative efforts preserve the long-term future of one of Houston’s most acclaimed and diverse schools and forges a new path through public/private partnership to support future HISD schools.”