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Pasadena ISD Enrollment Continues to Climb

Pasadena ISD Enrollment Continues to Climb
Posted on 08/29/2014
This is the image for the news article titled Pasadena ISD Enrollment Continues to ClimbEnrollment in Pasadena ISD schools continues to climb, according to figures reported for the start of the 2014-15 school year.  Current records indicate that 55,400 students are currently enrolled across the district, which is up 600 from the same time last year.

Davis Demographics, a company employed by the district to track enrollment, projects a 7 percent increase in enrollment over the next four years. That’s an increase of approximately 4,000 students.

The bulk of the growth will be in the South Belt area of the district. If no additional building is done, projections show that by 2018-19, enrollment at Dobie, Pasadena Memorial, Sam Rayburn and South Houston High Schools will exceed the capacity of each building based on current academic program requirements.

Proposals related to enrollment growth are part of the 2014 Pasadena ISD bond that will go before voters on Nov. 4. The district is seeking $175.5 million in funding for several projects, including a new ninth grade campus for Dobie High School which will alleviate the overcrowding. The bond includes a zero tax rate increase.

Enrollment growth will also impact the intermediate and elementary grade levels in areas that are experiencing crowding issues. Several major new housing developments in the district are in the Thompson Intermediate School attendance zone. Thompson, Bondy, and Beverly Hills intermediate schools are already beyond capacity and cannot handle additional growth. Rezoning will not ease the burden, which is why the Future Facilities Committee (FFC) recommended construction of Intermediate School #11 in the Riverstone Ranch area.

Growth in the Almeda-Genoa area of Houston has created overcrowded conditions at Bush and Jessup elementary schools, the FFC recommended construction of Elementary #36 to address those issues.

“As enrollment in our district continues to grow, classroom space must grow to accommodate these new students,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kirk Lewis said. “Should this bond pass, we may not need additional new schools in the future with the exception of perhaps one more elementary on the south side of the district.”

The Bond Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4.