Steve Stanford, Comal ISD communications director, shared updates with community Impact Newspaper on what to expect in the coming year, the status of the district’s next high school and a new policy.
1. A quiet year ahead
Comal ISD Communications Director Steve Stanford said 2019 is expected to be an uneventful year compared to the previous, which included a school board election and the opening of two middle schools. He said no new campuses will open this year, and the earliest date for a potential bond election will fall in 2020.
2. High school No. 4
The next campus to open for CISD is high school No. 4, which will welcome its first class in August 2020. The campus was approved for funding in a 2017 $263.5 million bond election and will serve the district’s Garden Ridge area southwest of New Braunfels. It is located at 23255 FM 3009, San Antonio. The design of the school is centered around adaptable and agile learning spaces with a two-story classroom wing that will feature a lecture hall and group break-out spaces to encourage collaboration. The campus is also equipped with a comprehensive athletics wing, a fine arts wing and an outdoor stadium. The school board will be working to finalize a name and mascot for the facility in 2019.
3. Clear bag policy in effect
In an effort to enhance security, CISD is enforcing a clear bag policy at its high school athletic venues effective Jan. 7. All bags entering the Canyon, Canyon Lake or Smithson Valley high schools’ athletic venues that are larger than 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches must be clear, plastic or vinyl. Ziploc baggies are acceptable. Exceptions include medically necessary items, diaper bags, and media and camera bags that will be allowed into events following inspection. The district’s individual campus athletic booster clubs have compliant, reusable school-branded clear bags available for purchase.