Bastrop ISD celebrated the completion of Camino Real, Mina and Colony Oaks elementary school projects with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at each campus Jan. 10.

Under the 2021 bond, the district built two new campuses, Camino Real and Colony Oaks. Updates to the Mina campus were also made. Mina Elementary’s improvements include a new two-story front entry building and playground. New buildings on the remaining campus will be completed in Phase 2 of the Mina Elementary School project.

“We all know Bastrop has experienced great growth,” Mina Elementary School Principal Emily Allen said at the dedication ceremony. “With that growth has come the need to expand our campus.”

The inspiration

The names Camino Real and Colony Oaks were chosen from around 60 nominations presented to the Bastrop school board. Camino Real Elementary was named for "El Camino Real" or "Royal Road," a historic thoroughfare dating back to the Spanish Colonial era of which Hwy. 21 in Bastrop County was a part. Within the Colony subdivision, Colony Oaks Elementary School's name was inspired by the oak trees in the area with strong roots and unique longevity.

One of the oldest campuses in Bastrop County, Mina Elementary School has served as a middle and high school throughout its 71-year long history. Maintaining the name, Mina now serves grades pre-K through fifth.

How it happened

The district built new campuses to accommodate growth within the district. Camino Real and Colony Oaks Elementary Schools welcomed students for the first time in August.

“We celebrate not just bricks and mortars, but the result of a vision that promises to shape the future of this school and the beautiful Bastrop historical district,” BISD board President Ashley Mutshink said at the dedication.

Looking ahead

Voters approved a $321.5 million bond proposal in the May election. Curious what other work is happening in BISD? Find a list of the school district’s 2024 projects here.