Fort Bend ISD, Lamar CISD to each add about 3,000 students in 2021-22, plus other district data

Learn more about student and staff statistics for Fort Bend ISD and Lamar CISD. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Learn more about student and staff statistics for Fort Bend ISD and Lamar CISD. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Learn more about student and staff statistics for Fort Bend ISD and Lamar CISD. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper staff)

As students in Fort Bend ISD return to classroom Aug. 11 followed by Lamar CISD students Aug. 23, Community Impact Newspaper took a closer look at student enrollment and demographic information as well staffing statistics and the effects of COVID-19 on education.

FBISD employed about 10,700 staff members in the 2020-21 school year, nearly half of which were full-time teachers. The district served 76,735 students across its 77 campuses and is projecting a 3.9% enrollment increase for the 2021-22 school year.

With 45 campuses, LCISD has schools throughout Fort Bend County, including a small portion of Sugar Land. In 2020-21, the district's approximately 36,519 students were served by 2,299 teachers.





Student enrollment


While FBISD saw a dip in overall enrollment in 2020-21 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district is expected to add approximately 3,000 students in 2021-22. This will represent a 4.7% increase from the 2018-19 student enrollment.

LCISD is also projecting a 2,652 student increase in enrollment in 2021-22, which marks a 17.12% increase from 2018-19.


2020-21 student statistics


Both FBISD and LCISD have a smaller percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged and English learners than the state average. In LCISD, 13.59% of students are served with special education services, which is higher than the state average.



2021-22 student demographics


In FBISD, the largest student demographic groups are Asian, Black or African American, and Hispanic/Latino, with these students making up approximately 27% of the district's student body each. In LCISD, approximately 43% of students are Hispanic/Latino and 26% are white—more closely mirroring the statewide average.



2020-21 staffing, salaries and substitutes


FBISD approved a $3,000 teacher salary increase for the 2021-22 year, bring starting teachers up to $58,500. Meanwhile, LCISD increased its starting teacher salary by $1,000 to $59,100.



COVID-19's effect on education


As most students head back to the classroom for the 2021-22 school year, FBISD and LCISD are implementing a number of student safety strategies including optional face masks and continued cleaning protocols.

FBISD announced it would offer virtual learning to a limited number of students in pre-K through sixth grade who are ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.


The following graph shows the percent of students in each district that learned online vs. in-person for each grading period in 2020-21.
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.



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