With the passing of the November bond election behind them, 2019 will be a busy year for New Braunfels ISD as implementation begins. Here are some updates the district shared with Community Impact Newspaper regarding the bond package and more.
1. New Braunfels Middle School
The $54 million school, which will be located at 1806 Settlers Crossing, is expected to open in 2021. Construction will begin May 20, and the school will have a 1,500-student capacity to accommodate growth on the district’s east side, according to information presented to the NBISD board of trustees Dec. 17.
2. Veramendi Elementary School
The campus, which opened in August 2017 at 2290 Oak Run Parkway, New Braunfels, will build eight additional classrooms to allow for more students. NBISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba said additions to the campus will accommodate students for the next nine years at the current district growth rate. The construction period for the project is June 2019-May 2020.
3. Land acquisition
The NBISD board of trustees approved a decision to sell 59.9 acres of land near Loop 337 to New Braunfels Utilities on Dec. 17. NBU purchased a conjoining 20-acre tract from the district in 2011, which is being used to expand the Trinity Aquifer wellfield. NBU CEO Ian Taylor said the motion to purchase the property will go before the NBU board at an upcoming meeting, and future plans for the property could include additional wells for its Trinity Aquifer wellfield and future office space. A remaining 30-acre conjoining tract of the property could be used for the future site of an elementary school campus, NBISD officials said.
4. Security upgrades
The New Braunfels ISD board of trustees approved a recommendation for Stantec Architectural to move forward with work on security upgrades at all NBISD campuses at its Dec. 17 meeting. The district’s $118 million bond referendum that was passed Nov. 6 allows $6.6 million for security items such as card readers, cameras and ballistic glass.