Belton ISD hopes to open new high school, possibly call for new bond election

Posted at 2:03 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 15:58:17-04

Belton ISD may have a new high school in its future after a recommendation from Superintendent Susan Kincannon at Monday night's board meeting.

Kincannon recommended a plan to address the district’s facilities needs called the “Roadmap to BISD 2025.” The plan proposes building a new elementary school and a new comprehensive high school.

Right now the district only has one comprehensive high school, along with a satellite tech high school that opened in 2011.

The district's new plan would also repurpose part of the high school's campus, which was formerly Belton Middle School, back into a middle school.

In the last decade the district has added 3,500 students and is projected to add a similar number in the next ten years.

The district says that fast-growth is placing a burden on their facilities. Elementary campuses expected to be at or near capacity in 2019, middle schools in 2020 and high schools in 2021.

Before ground breaks on any new schools, a plan will have to be formally adopted by the board and approved by local voters.

Trustees are expected to take action on the plan next month and could call for a bond election as early as next year.

The district last passed a bond in May 2012 for $60 million to build two new elementary schools and a middle school.

“For the past three years, our school board has studied the challenges that come with fast growth," Kincannon said. "My recommendation to the board is
based on everything that we have heard during this open, inclusive and thorough process."

More information on the district’s long-range facilities planning process can be found here.

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