Alvin ISD growth spurs new hires, potential annexation

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Alvin ISD will hire 35 more teachers for the 2019-20 academic year, and another step in plans to build a fourth high school got the green light from trustees, who approved the motion unanimously.

“As you know, Alvin ISD continues to be a fast-growth district,” Daniel Combs, interim superintendent, told board members Tuesday.

The largest school district in Brazoria County, AISD has 26,000 students with enrollment expected to increase by 1,200 annually, according to the district.

Anticipated growth is driving the need for a fourth high school to be built off Hwy. 288 in Iowa Colony as Community Impact previously reported. Part of the land for the new high school is outside city boundaries.

Combs said AISD staff members have been working to push forward the project. Patrick Miller, associate superintendent for student learning environment, will pursue annexation as approved unanimously by the board Tuesday.

“Part of that is making sure that it sits all within the boundaries of the city of Iowa Colony, Combs said. “That will be advantageous as we move forward from a permitting perspective.”

The entire site must be annexed into the city to obtain required permits and services, officials said.

Miller has said the construction contract award for the fourth high school is anticipated this coming summer.

A $480 million bond approved in November is funding construction of the high school, two new elementary schools, two new junior highs, and other projects and improvements.

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