The Hays CISD board of trustees unanimously accepted an 11-acre donation of land from Rastegar Property Company's 700 Bunton Lane development in Kyle for the district's 17th elementary school Feb. 24. 700 Bunton Lane is a 318-acre development on the eastern side of Kyle that will feature single- and multifamily homes, parks, trails, and more including the new school.

However, trustees worried about the size of the donation and how it might be too small for an elementary school. Sunfield Elementary School, which opened in August, sits on 13 acres of land, and some trustees felt as though 11 acres "would be cutting it pretty close."

"This benefits [the developer] too. I'm of the opinion that I would like to continue to have that conversation of additional acreage donated," Trustee Courtney Runkle said. "We have lots of developers that are willing to donate sites for us, for schools. We're talking a couple acres."

The initial site plans for the development outlined 13 acres for the school, according to Chief Operations Officer Max Cleaver. However, after some design changes and feedback from Kyle City Council, the plans changed, and the school site dropped down to 11 acres.

"We're in a position where we're a donee and not a purchaser, so that's what I was able to negotiate," Cleaver said.

The saving grace of the Rastegar property is that the land is plotted differently than the Sunfield school.

"This prototype, we can fit it on an 11-acre square; it would probably be a 16-acre triangle, right? It's shape dependent," Cleaver added.

For future projects, the district will advise that their standard is 15 acres for elementary schools, 30 acres for middle schools and 100 for high schools, Cleaver said.