School districts access 2020-21 student growth

As 2020 makes headway, local school districts are combating growing student enrollment and overcrowding at certain schools through bond projects or rezoning.

Several projects from Conroe ISD’s $653.57 million bond—approved in November—are underway. These include Phase 2 construction at Conroe High School, a new junior high school in the Caney Creek feeder zone, a York Junior High School addition, and campus renovations at Creighton Elementary.

York serves one of the district’s most populated areas and is expected to open in August 2021, according to the district. The other three projects are in the design phase.

“York is well overcapacity at this point and growing every day,” CISD Superintendent Curtis Null said.

Willis ISD considers need for bond

Willis ISD created a planning committee in August to review updated student enrollment as well as campus and facility needs for future projected growth, WISD Director of Communications Jamie Fails said.

WISD’s current enrollment is 7,845—an increase of about 400 from this time last year, she said.

If the committee decides a bond is needed, the request will go before the WISD board of trustees at the Feb. 10 meeting, Fails said.

All projects from the $109.5 million bond in 2015 are complete except for Elementary School No. 6, which is in the early stages of preconstruction, Fails said.

The elementary will be located in the district’s fast-growth southwest corner at the end of Longmire Road, she said. Construction will begin in the spring, and the school will open in fall 2021.

Montgomery ISD plans rezoning

Montgomery ISD has no plans to call a bond this year, MISD Superintendent Beau Rees said. However, the district could consider one in the next few years to keep pace with student growth.

The district projects an enrollment growth rate of 2%, or somewhere between 175-200 students, for the 2020-21 school year, Rees said.

“At our current growth rate, the district will need to engage the community with facility needs by 2023-24 school year,” he said.

This year, the district will begin redrawing attendance boundaries for its elementary schools to alleviate overcrowding, he said. As of mid-January, the district is working with its demographer to determine which schools will need adjustments.
By Andy Li

Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now covers the Conroe Independent School District, Montgomery City Council and transportation.
By Eva Vigh

Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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