Tomball, Magnolia ISDs keeping an eye on growth in The Woodlands

The Tomball and Magnolia independent school districts have land available in their respective portions that lie within The Woodlands, but district representatives say until population growth picks up in their areas, there are no plans to build additional schools any time soon.

Tomball ISD is in the midst of building its second Woodlands-area school, Timber Creek Elementary School, set to open in the fall. The school is located at Kuykendahl Road and Creekside Green Drive. Its other school located within The Woodlands, Creekside Forest Elementary, at Creekside Green and Creekside Forest drives, opened in August 2009, said Staci Stanfield, spokeswoman for the district.

The schools were part of a $198-million school bond program voted on by residents in 2007, she said.

"We have seen this area really grow, and construction has increased," Stanfield added. "We were excited to see Creekside Forest grow as much as it did."

As of May 31, enrollment at Creekside Forest was 584 students. The school has capacity to serve 730 students.

Tomball ISD has a site available in The Woodlands west of Kuykendahl for another elementary school, but the district does not see the need for another school anytime soon unless there is more growth in the area, Stanfield said.

Though more people have moved into the area of The Woodlands serviced by Magnolia ISD, superintendent Todd Stephens said growth, which was about 6 percent seven years ago, has slowed over the past few years. The district, which has 16 schools, has just under 13,000 enrolled.

"In our elementary schools, we are at 65 to 70 percent capacity, so we have seat space," he said. "Sometimes it can be challenging, but we are not in danger of putting in portables yet."

In the May Valley area south of Woodlands Parkway, there is land available for one elementary and one high school, but there are no plans to purchase the land until school capacity eclipses the 80 percent mark, said Charlie Riley, school board president.

Elsewhere, there are several 10-acre and 12-acre tracts for elementary and junior high schools when growth is moving again, Stephens said.

"We are keeping an eye on the growth, but we are cautious of gearing up until we see the results," he added.

By chall


Oak Ridge North officials granted two-year extensions to two private schools' specific-use permits for operating within the city's Plaza District on March 1. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Oak Ridge North approves 2-year permit extensions for All Nations, Journey schools

City Council renewed specific-use permits for two Robinson Road schools housed in the Sojourn Baptist Church building during a special session March 1.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other interconnected national electrical systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Leaving the Texas power grid 'not likely to be an option' for Harris County, official says

Just two weeks after severe winter weather dropped Harris County temperatures below freezing for three consecutive days, which led to widespread power outages, loss of water and the deaths of at least 50 county residents, Harris County Commissioners Court called for major reform at the state level regarding the Texas power grid and related energy policies.

Hank's Crab Shack gets and sells several hundred pounds of crawfish daily, especially during the peak of crawfish season. (Morgan Theophil/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hank's Crab Shack serving Katy; 16 Spring-Klein business updates and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

(Courtesy Top Sushi)
Top Sushi The Woodlands opens in Metropark Square

The sushi restaurant is the sixth for the company in the Greater Houston area.

Houston City Hall in rainbow lighting
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrates five years of service

The organization is open to all and serves members throughout the Greater Houston area.

Montgomery County is set to receive its largest first-dose allocation during the week of March 1. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County set to receive largest vaccine allocation yet in first week of March

Nearly 20,000 vaccine doses were allocated to the county's two vaccine hubs and several additional providers for the week of March 1.

A coronavirus vaccine is given at Memorial Hermann's mass vaccine clinic Feb. 26. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Memorial Hermann closes out 2nd round of vaccines with 7,000 distributed among 2 clinics

The clinic will continue operations through 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The new Fort Bend Epicenter multipurpose facility could be used as a spot for trade shows and sporting events, could act as a large-scale shelter for county residents in an emergency and more. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Large multipurpose complex coming to Fort Bend County; Sugar Land to widen University Blvd. and more top Houston-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

The Woodlands Township board of directors met Feb. 24 to discuss items including winter storm recovery and a financial report. (Screenshot via The Woodlands Township)
The Woodlands officials criticize county officials over CARES Act funds management; commissioner fires back

The Woodlands Township board of directors criticized Montgomery County's methods of allocating federal coronavirus aid at the board's Feb. 24 meeting, calling the $244,000 the township received a "slap in the face."