Two years after the original 2020 Friendswood ISD bond was approved, construction for the new Cline Elementary School is set to begin.

The board of trustees unanimously approved awarding the construction contract to Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, a Houston-based construction company, at the Feb. 28 board workshop meeting.

The district initially asked for competitive sealed bids for the project in January with six companies sending in bids Feb. 3, according to agenda documents.

The construction of the new school was budgeted for $37 million through the $127 million bond but ended up costing $36 million. The new Cline Elementary will be constructed in the West Ranch master-planned community and will replace the current Cline Elementary on Briarmeadow Avenue, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.

Groundbreaking on the project is scheduled for March 11, and the school is expected to be completed in May 2023 with school being open for students in August 2023. PBK Architects, the architecture firm that has been working on the designs for the project, is working to ensure supply chain issues will not interfere with the project’s schedule.

“It is a nonnegotiable that kids are coming in August,” PBK Architects partner Melissa Turnbaugh said during the presentation.