Tomball ISD's Grand Oaks Elementary opens in August and other education news to follow in 2020

Here is the top education news to follow in 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Here is the top education news to follow in 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Here is the top education news to follow in 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Residents in the southern portion of Tomball ISD will see the district’s 11th elementary school open in August at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway.

The school, named Grand Oaks Elementary by the board of trustees Dec. 10, is under construction to relieve overcrowding at Lakewood and Wildwood elementary schools and accommodate enrollment growth for the next decade, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

New attendance boundaries for elementary schools were unanimously approved Dec. 10 and take effect for the 2020-21 school year.

The District Zone Committee, a group of parents and TISD staff, met throughout October to recommend new boundaries to the board. However, after revisiting enrollment projections for Rosehill Elementary in closed meetings, the committee voted to let final changes to relieve future overcrowding at Rosehill be an administrative decision, Chief Operating Officer Stephen Gutierrez said during a Dec. 9 board workshop meeting. TISD’s Two-Way Dual Language Academy is housed at Rosehill, bringing in additional students.

“While [relieving Rosehill] wasn’t included in the initial process, I do believe it’s in the best interest of the district to provide an additional layer [of enrollment relief],” he said Dec. 9.

New elementary boundaries move residents south of FM 2920 and west of Telge Road—except for Rosehill Reserve—to the Grand Oaks feeder zone as well as some neighborhoods east of Telge, such as Hayden Lakes. Additionally, Enclave at Northpointe will move from the Lakewood to the Wildwood feeder zone, according to the approved map.

However, the board took no action Dec. 10 regarding approving new junior high boundaries, which would take effect for the 2021-22 school year, or regarding a name for the new junior high school slated next to Grand Oaks. It was unclear as of publication when the board might consider these items.

“My sense is there’s not enough students moving from Willow Wood Junior High to the new junior high,” trustee Michael Pratt said about the committee’s recommendations during a Dec. 9 workshop. “What I just worry about is in two or three years, we didn’t solve the problem, and we’re going to need to ask the community for another bond or, even worse, I think we’re going to have to go through a massive rezoning.”

Junior High School No. 4 is slated to open in August 2021, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

View the approved elementary boundaries—including boundaries for Grand Oaks Elementary—below.

Other education news to follow in 2020

Tomball ISD aquatic, agricultural centers to open in 2020

Construction is ongoing on a number of facility projects in Tomball ISD funded by a $275 million bond referendum voters approved in 2017. A $7.1 million agricultural science project center is set to open at Tomball High School in June, Chief Financial Officer Jim Ross said in early December. A $10.56 million aquatic center, according to TISD information, is also on track to open at Tomball Memorial High School in December, he said. Trustees awarded contracts to ICI Construction Inc. in December for a $45.85 million expansion at Tomball Memorial and to Sterling Structures Inc. for $2.15 million front entrance renovations at Tomball Intermediate School. Ross said residents will notice much of the entry renovations taking shape this summer.

Magnolia ISD safety upgrades, bus tracking to roll out in January

Magnolia, Magnolia West and Magnolia Junior high schools will undergo safety upgrades to each of the front entrances beginning in January, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. These improvements, funded by House Bill 3, will total about $125,000 for all three projects. The district will also roll out a $140,000 GPS tracking service for its fleet vehicles in January, which will allow parents to track their child’s bus location and allow the district to track vehicle accidents and maintenance needs, Director of Communications Denise Meyers said.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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