New School Year Teeming with Excitement!

New School Year Teeming with Excitement!
Posted on 08/16/2016

A new school year opens with so much anticipation. In my mind's eye, I still see my own children preparing for the first day of school. Excitement. Eagerness. Some butterflies perhaps. Though long ago, those are treasured memories that do not fade.

Like those early mornings of years gone by, we open the new academic year in Boerne ISD with a high level of excitement. I am not aware of any butterflies, but I certainly sense the eagerness on the part of our faculty and staff to start off on a high note and continue to build momentum as the year progresses.

With the opening of the new Fabra Elementary campus, we officially christen a new season in the district, a focused time of expanding our physical capabilities in order to meet rapid enrollment growth. Between now and the fall of 2019, we will open five new campuses, including Fabra, two additional elementary schools, one middle school and a new, expanded alternative school. This period of time is unprecedented in the life of Boerne ISD.

The opening of Fabra represents the highly anticipated conclusion to a very successful 2013 bond initiative that included significant upgrades and expansions to some of our older facilities, including Middle School North, Curington Elementary and Boerne High School. That bond proved to be a successful combination of addressing growth plus stewarding our older facilities and extending their useful life.

Many readers will recall that the projects in the 2016 bond that was approved in May focus largely on continued enrollment growth in our communities. Site work on the new elementary school in the southern part of our district is well underway. The school will be patterned after the Fabra design and will open fall 2018. This will afford significant relief for a very crowded Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary campus.

Soon, we will announce the site of our third middle school. I am very excited about the positive impact this acquisition will have for our district. The district's seventh elementary school, to be built on donated property in the Esperanza subdivision, will begin construction soon after we start turning dirt on the middle school. Both of those campuses currently are scheduled to open fall 2019.

Our alternative school and academy will make its new home in the former Fabra building. Thanks to bond support, that building is undergoing a makeover and will serve the students of the Academy while also housing district-wide services including a teacher professional development center, a technology hub and administrative offices. The building may open as soon as the latter part of 2017.

The 2013 and 2016 bonds are transformative initiatives for your district, approved by 73 percent of voters in both elections. This further validates the importance our community places on public education for our children and grandchildren.

Watch them go off to school in these earliest days of the 2016-17 school year. Sense their excitement as they learn new things, make new friends, achieve new heights. Cherish the memories. And know that those of us who are privileged to work in the district share their excitement as we do our parts to help them define and fulfill their dreams.

Boerne ISD superintendent David Stelmazewski is a public school education leader who has devoted his career to teaching, coaching and serving as administrator in Illinois and Texas.

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