The San Marcos CISD board of trustees on Feb. 19 approved the schematic designs for the addition, which features 40,000 new square feet of space and 4,000-5,000 square feet of interior renovations.
The new addition will be a two-story building on the east side of the school's courtyard. When complete, the addition will include a new media center, a robotics lab, an automotive repair center, a veterinary medicine/animal industries center, more science labs, a law-enforcement center, and more space for ceramics and fashion labs.
"There are so many options out there to what we can get our kids certified [in], so we're making sure we provide our lab spaces with classrooms spaces," said Koleman Uresti, the senior project manager with Perkins+Will, at Monday's meeting.
The plan, he said, is to move the bus pickup and drop-off to the north side of the school, and the secured courtyard area will extend to the existing CTE building to make it more enclosed. He said that also increases the available building area for future additions as the high school grows.
"We really wanted [the addition] to be connected to the rest of the building," Uresti said.