Editor's note: A previous version of this story referred to Grand Oaks Elementary School relieving Willow Wood Elementary School. The correct name is Wildwood Elementary School.
Tomball ISD's 11th elementary school will be named Grand Oaks Elementary, as approved by the board of trustees Dec. 10. The new school, under construction at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway as part of a district complex, is slated to open in August 2020 to relieve overcrowding at Lakewood and Wildwood elementary schools and accommodate enrollment growth for the next decade, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.
Trustees unanimously approved the name Grand Oaks on Dec. 10. New attendance boundaries for elementary schools in southern TISD were also unanimously approved Dec. 10, which will take effect for the 2020-21 school year. Trustee John McStravick made a motion, which was approved, to adopt the map as recommended by the District Zone Committee, a group of parents and TISD staff who met throughout October.
However, the board took no action Dec. 10 regarding approving the attendance boundary for the new junior high school, which would take effect for the 2021-22 school year. The board also took no action regarding a name for the new junior high school slated for the Cypress Rosehill complex. District officials said it is unclear if the board will reconvene before year's end to reconsider approving a name for the junior high school as well as new junior high school boundaries.
Junior High School No. 4 is slated to open in August 2021, a delay from the previous timeline of August 2020, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported, and relieve the overcrowded Willow Wood Junior High School.
The new schools are funded by a $275 million bond referendum district voters approved in November 2017. A district stadium and community center is also planned for the complex on Cypress Rosehill Road and is slated to open in August 2021, a delay from the previous timeline of August 2020, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.
Trustees approved naming the district complex Dec. 10, which they then applauded for. The educational and athletic complex will be called the Elmer and Dorothy Beckendorf Complex. Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora clarified this is the name for the property, not for the district stadium to be located within the complex.
"I think it goes without saying Elmer and Dorothy both have been, from the educational standpoint for Tomball school district, just a bedrock to help the Tomball ISD along, but also instrumental in Lone Star [College]-Tomball being here," McStravick said during the meeting. "Also their work with the [Tomball] hospital as well, which is also utilized by the schools to produce health care workers as well. ... I think this is a real tribute to individuals in our community that have done an outstanding job to allow us to have a bedrock for education."
Other items of note
Trustees also approved items related to other projects from the 2017 bond referendum Dec. 10.
- Trustees approved the purchase of office and classroom furniture and livestock and pen equipment for the new Agricultural Science Project Center at Tomball High School, totaling $321,050. This leads to a total construction cost of $7,079,415, according to meeting information.
- Trustees authorized Salazar-Zamora to finalize negotiations with ICI Construction Inc. for the construction of additions and renovations at Tomball Memorial High School, direct costs totaling $36,500, according to meeting information. This leads to a total construction cost of $45,852,225, according to meeting information.
- Trustees authorized Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora to finalize negotiations with Sterling Structures Inc. for construction of front entrance renovations to Tomball Intermediate School, totaling $1,381,200. This leads to a total construction cost of $2,145,395, according to meeting information. Chief Financial Officer Jim Ross said residents will notice much of the renovation work taking shape next summer.
View the approved elementary boundaries below.