Liberty Hill ISD has three new schools underway and expanded some campuses as the district’s enrollment continues to grow.

Director of Construction Dustin Akin and Chief Operations Officer Mark Wiloughby gave an update at a Sept. 11 special board meeting and spoke with Community Impact about current and past construction projects.

Current situation

Tierra Rosa Elementary School
  • Opening: summer 2024
  • Status: currently erecting exterior building walls and hanging structural steel
  • Cost: $41.7 million
  • Funding: 2021 bond
Middle School No. 3
  • Opening: summer 2024 as temporary Legacy Ranch High School campus
  • Status: Building is 50% complete. Exterior building walls have been erected, structural steel is being finished, roofing and windows are going in, and exterior and interior finishes, such as paint and ceramic tile, are in progress.
  • Cost: $86.6 million
  • Funding: 2021 bond
High School No. 2
  • Opening: 2026 as permanent Legacy Ranch High School campus
  • Status: Broke ground in September. Tennis courts, baseball and softball fields will be constructed this year for use by high school students temporarily at Middle School No. 3 campus.
  • Cost: $270 million estimate
  • Funding: 2021 and 2023 bonds
Also of note

Funding from the 2021 bond has allowed the district to accommodate growth at current campuses, Akin said.

Liberty Hill Elementary School received:
  • 30 new classrooms
  • New library
  • Gym expansions
  • Interior renovations
Louine Noble Elementary School received:
  • 20 new classrooms
  • New library
  • Secure entry vestibule
  • Restriped court and freshly painted gym with new LED lights
To serve a greater capacity of 1,200 students, the district expanded Liberty Hill Middle School and Santa Rita Middle School, Akin said.

Liberty Hill Middle School, which opened in 1999, received:
  • Classroom additions
  • Cafeteria and kitchen expansions
  • New administration offices
  • New competition football field and practice field
The school is currently receiving flooring, paint and restroom upgrades, new HVAC units and a full fire sprinkler system.

In case you missed it

The district opened its sixth elementary campus in August. Bar W Elementary features:
  • Two stories of classrooms
  • Hallways with collaborative common areas
  • An outdoor courtyard
  • Two playground areas with basketball courts
  • A gymnasium
  • A library
What they’re saying

“We have to plan five, 10, 20 years in advance, and we have to look at where the areas of growth are going to happen,” Wiloughby said. “The biggest challenge for us is to keep pace with that growth and make sure we acquire land and in those areas that are projected to to fill out.”

Stay tuned

The board of trustees approved $1 million in additional design services for more improvements to Liberty Hill Middle School at a Sept. 11 meeting, including expanded administrative space and renovations for the school’s:
  • Drama, dance, choir practice and ensemble rooms
  • Technology buildings
  • Field house
  • Art labs
  • Athletic training and locker rooms
  • Main corridor
  • Science labs and classrooms