NCISD is on track to open the new Woodridge Forest Middle School expansion for the 2020-21 school year, said Scott Powers, NCISD’s executive director of public relations. The expansion, which costs $8.2 million, will add 360 seats to the campus.
Additionally, the district will also continue construction this year on the $52 million Keefer Crossing Middle School replacement—which opens in August 2021—and begin construction on the third comprehensive high school, which will cost $111 million to build and open in August 2022.
“These three projects combined will add more than 2,100 seats at the middle and high school levels to accommodate continued student enrollment growth,” Powers said.
Meanwhile, Centennial Elementary School, which is funded by HISD’s $245 million 2008 bond, is set to open in August. The $28.86 million campus is in the Atascocita area in the Lakewood Pines neighborhood, and it will serve 950 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to HISD.
“I think families and staff are really going to like Centennial’s design,” said Luci Schulz, HISD’s assistant superintendent of elementary schools. “The campus will support engaging, interactive and collaborative learning for children.”
Construction on Lakeland Elementary’s rebuild, Kingwood Middle’s rebuild, Elementary School No. 30, and Middle School No. 10 will also begin in 2020. Lakeland Elementary’s rebuild and Elementary School No. 30 will open in 2021. Middle School No. 10 and Kingwood Middle’s rebuild will open August 2022.
Other education stories to follow in 2020
San Jacinto College’s new campus
San Jacinto College Generation Park Campus opens in the fall. The $26 million campus will offer basic transfer courses, with the potential for workforce programs to be added in the future. Amanda Fenwick, the vice president of marketing and public relations at San Jacinto College, said the school aims to enroll about 2,000 students for fall 2020. Registration will open in April.
Humble ISD’s flood barriers
In early December, Humble ISD was granted $25.4 million in federal money to build Kingwood High School barriers to protect it from future flooding. Preliminary designs for the project include 8-foot, self-rising barriers on entrances and windows, waterproof walls and backflow preventers to keep water from entering the school via plumbing. HISD officials said the next step is selecting a general contractor and engineer at the February school board meeting. Construction will begin in the 2020-21 school year and be finished in 2022.
This article ran in the January 2020 edition of Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood. The full e-edition will be available on Jan. 6