Trustees Approve Middle School Land Acquisition

Trustees Approve Middle School Land Acquisition
Posted on 08/29/2016

Boerne ISD Trustees have approved the purchase of a tract of land that will serve as the site of the district's third middle school.

The 142-acre site is located on the eastern edge of the district, southeast of the intersection of Highway 46 East and Farm Road 3351. Access to the property will be off Highway 46.

"This is a very forward-thinking move on the part of our board," said Superintendent David Stelmazewski. "This site is positioned to serve the district in the near-term as home of our next middle school. It also offers us flexibility 10 years or more into the future when the district grows to the point of considering a third high school.

"There is ample land on this site to accommodate a high school that would serve the neighborhoods in the rapidly growing eastern part of our district."

Land acquisition and construction of the district's third middle school were approved by voters in the district's 2016 bond election. Two new elementary schools also are part of that bond package, which focused on addressing enrollment growth in the district.

Boerne ISD closed the 2015-16 school year with over 7,800 students. The official enrollment for 2016-17 won't be recorded by the state until late October; however, enrollment is beyond 8,200 after the first week of school. The district's enrollment is projected to reach 9,800 student within the next five years and to surpass 12,300 students by 2025-26. Boerne ISD is one of 76 rapid growth school districts from among Texas' 1,100 districts.

Contract price for the property is just under $3.7 million, approximately $26,000 per acre. The district must complete its due diligence process before the transaction can be completed.

"This site will help relieve some of the congestion and transportation challenges we face with our current school configuration and help us serve our students and families better," Stelmazewski said. "Just as previous school boards are to be commended for purchasing the tract on Dietz-Elkhorn that is to be the site of our sixth elementary school, this school board will be remembered for its foresight some day when the doors open on new school facilities on this beautiful site."

The district's third middle school is tentatively scheduled to open for the 2019-20 school year.

Trustees Approve Middle School Land Acquisition

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