Leander ISD’s 29th elementary school is projected to be needed for the 2022-23 school year, but drops in student enrollment have impacted projections. The school district is now discussing whether to hold off on the school’s opening for another year.

Elementary School No. 29 would be in the Bryson community in Leander. If the school were to open in August 2022, construction would begin in April 2021. The district and school board need to decide next month whether to begin construction, Chief Facilities Officer Jimmy Disler said at the March 25 board meeting.

Enrollment projections consider if students who left the district will return next year or never return to LISD. Rezoning for Elementary School No. 29 would offer crowding relief to Larkspur and Plain elementary schools.

There would be costs to delay the school opening. Three portables would be needed each at Larkspur and Plain elementary schools, which would cost $520,000-$950,000, Disler said. Construction costs would also increase an estimated $2.6 million due to inflation.

Additionally, Disler said if the school is held for another year, three elementary schools would possibly need to open in the 2023-24 school year.

“Financially, from an operational standpoint, that may be impossible,” Disler said.