The Comal ISD board of trustees in a Nov. 18 board meeting took steps to begin work on bond projects approved by voters during the Nov. 2 election.

Bus and land purchases, the construction of four new campuses, technology upgrades and infrastructure projects were among the items approved by voters.

Pfluger Architects, an Austin-based firm that has completed several projects for the district, was named as the architect and engineer for the district’s eighth middle school.

The school is slated to open in August 2024 on the corner of US 281 and FM 1863, and will provide relief to nearby Pieper Ranch Middle School, according to the district.

Board members also established a construction manager at-risk delivery method for the school, which will expedite the construction schedule and provide a guaranteed maximum price for the project.

During the meeting, board members emphasized the need to prioritize work on campus construction to keep pace with the growing population.

“Being a fast-growth district means we need to do as much as we can to provide our students and staff the tools and facilities they need in order to continue to be successful,” CISD Board President Jason York said in a press release.

The board also approved the creation of a professional services pool, which will include architects, engineers, environmental consultants, technology consultants and more.

Lastly, the board approved the purchase of 30 new school buses equipped with air conditioning and seat belts to replace buses that are more than 15 years old.