PISD looks at new ‘build-out’ numbers

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Enrollment at Pearland ISD could be slightly more at build-out than anticipated, an updated demographic study reveals.

Pearland ISD Trustees were set Tuesday to hear a presentation from Templeton Demographics, an outside firm that in 2010 predicted Pearland’s “build-out” at 24,497 students.

But the study is now accommodating possibilities for non-residential property being rezoned to residential status – one example is Baker Landing, an 80-acre proposed development in the heart of Pearland that would include more than 200 single-family homes in an area where the city had planned commercial.

This, according to updated numbers, could mean growth beyond the next decade, which ultimately could result in a projected build-out of 25,823 students.

With the exception of Baker’s Landing, the report states, most of the remaining future lots within Pearland ISD will be small infill developments.

Currently, the board is facing decisions such as “spot rezoning” to curb overcrowding at some campuses. PISD’s current fall enrollment is estimated at more than 21,000.

Under consideration is a potential bond package, and much attention likely will be focused on addressing enrollment at Dawson High, which already is over capacity.

Needs to be addressed also include continued maintenance of older campuses and facilities, security upgrades and energy conservation.

Full meeting agendas for the school board are posted online at www.pearlandisd.org.

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