The rapid growth in the Riverstone Ranch and Almeda-Genoa subdivisions continues to impact Pasadena ISD school zones. With more homes being built in these and surrounding neighborhoods student enrollment continues to climb.
Demographers expect a seven percent enrollment growth over the next four years – an increase of 4,000 students above the current 55,000 students enrolled in Pasadena ISD.
With these numbers in mind, Pasadena ISD has proposed a zero-tax-rate-increase bond of $175.5 million that will provide relief from crowding to schools in the Riverstone and Almeda-Genoa areas of the school district.
The Future Facility Committee (FFC), comprised of community members and parents, analyzed the needs of the district based on enrollment projections and recommended that two new campuses be built to relieve overcrowding at a total proposed amount of $46.1 million.
The first campus, Intermediate School #11, will provide enrollment relief to Thompson, Bondy and Beverly Hills intermediate schools at a construction cost of $29.5 million.
“Rezoning will not ease the burden,” Dr. Kirk Lewis, superintendent of schools said. “Every major new housing development in the district lies in the Thompson Intermediate School attendance zone. Thompson is already beyond capacity and cannot handle additional growth as are the neighboring intermediate schools.”
The school will house approximately 850 students and be located in the southern part of the Riverstone Ranch subdivision.
The second campus, Elementary School #36, will provide relief to Bush and Jessup elementary schools at a total construction cost of $16.6 million.
“Growth in the Almeda-Genoa area of Houston created overcrowded conditions at Bush and Jessup Elementary Schools, and the FFC recommended construction of Elementary #36 to address those issues,” Lewis said.
Elementary School #36 will house 750 students and will be located at Minnesota and Almeda-Genoa. The campus is already under construction using the district Fund Balance. If the bond is approved, bond funds will reimburse the fund balance.
“The enrollment pressure required advanced planning,” Lewis said.
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