Montgomery ISD administration is eyeing a potential site for elementary school No. 7 off FM 2854 after the board of trustees authorized the district to move forward with the due diligence phase for the site during a special meeting July 26.

According to a July 26 release from the district, the property is located behind Lake Creek High School.

The planned elementary school was approved by voters May 7 as part of Proposition A in the district's $326.9 million bond package.

"We’re grateful that voters in Montgomery ISD recognized the need for this new elementary school, responding to the rapidly increasing number of students entering our community and school district,” Board President Matt Fuller said in the release. “This is a suitable and attractive site for the new school that accommodates growth in this southern portion of our district and alleviates the growing enrollment at Keenan and Stewart Creek elementary schools."

The due diligence phase includes a series of studies that will help MISD officials determine if the location is a viable option for the elementary campus, according to the release.

Trustees also approved Pogue Construction as construction manager at risk July 26 for the construction of the new elementary school and Phase 2 of Lake Creek High School, an expansion that will accommodate 900 additional students and up the school's maximum capacity to 2,500 students from its 1,600-student capacity, according to the release.

The two projects are anticipated to be completed ahead of the 2024-25 school year, according to MISD officials.

“We are committed to providing every student in Montgomery ISD with an excellent academic program in the highest-quality school facilities,” Superintendent Heath Morrison said in the release. “Authorizing us to move forward with the due diligence stage of this site is an important step toward the construction of this new campus that will positively impact student outcomes and allow our teachers and staff to consistently deliver on the educational expectations of this community.”

In late June, the district sold its first $99 million in bonds to begin the projects from the 2022 bond package.