Temple ISD expects to build four new schools in the near future

Posted at 6:21 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 19:21:41-04

David McCauley says his son's kindergarten class at Kennedy-Powell Elementary School is getting pretty full. 

"They have 22 kids, which is the max I think what they can have there," said McCauley. 

Earlier this year, Temple ISD contracted with Templeton Demographics to conduct a population study for the district. 

The results showed the school district is growing. 

"You have bodies everywhere," said McCauley. 

"Now we're seeing a spike. We've already grown by 100 students this year. We're projected to grow by about 650 in the next five years," said Bobby Ott, Temple ISD Superintendent.

The district, which currently has 15 different campuses and 8,700 students, is expected to expand. 

"So we're looking at two elementary and a middle school probably in the next five to seven years," said Ott.  

McCauley said he sees a need for expansion. 

"I think that it's actually probably good. I know we have some smaller elementary schools," said McCauley.

"Growth is a good thing. It means a lot of things. It means people are attracted to your city, your community and your school district," said Ott. 

Templeton Demographics predicted that by the year 2021 the district will have more than 9,000 students.

Temple ISD officials said now that they know there is a need to expand, the next step is to work with developers and the city on those plans.

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