Fort Bend ISD planning for expansion due to student population growth

Population growth means the district needs to plan for expansion when it comes to schools
March 18, 2014 6:10:39 PM PDT
The expanding population in areas outside of Houston has local school districts making some big plans for the future. That's definitely true in Fort Bend ISD -- a school district now considering some big upgrades and, in some cases, possibly redrawing school boundaries to make way for growth.

It is not news that Fort Bend County's population is growing. The news for the school district is that it needs more space in a lot of its campuses.

According to Fort Bend ISD, the current student population is about 72,300 students. In nine years, it's expected to be nearly 85,000, which is why a series of community meetings are being held on how to accommodate all that growth.

"They're expecting more growth because with the apartments coming up next to Costco, so you're just going to increase it every day," said parent Asha Vaidya.

Among the possibilities being discussed are adding on to existing schools -- primarily elementary campuses -- and long-term, building new schools.

It's a story of growth, and for the superintendent, that's something to celebrate and accommodate after the great recession.

Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre explained, "Now we're in a place where we see the community is reviving. The housing market is strong, economic growth is very strong again, and our student enrollment is very strong."

To support this growth, another bond election may be expected down the road, possibly sometime in the next 18 months.

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