The old Manvel Junior High School has been demolished in preparation for a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center. The Alvin Independent School District (AISD) has earmarked $45.3 million from the just passed bond referendum toward the construction of a 135,000 square foot two-story structure that will accommodate 800 students. The building design will allow for increased capacity and additional square footage in the future as needed. Courses of study will include Veterinary Science, Health Science, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Construction Management, HVAC, Culinary Arts, Welding, and Auto Tech/Collision, among other programs. AISD anticipates construction beginning in the first quarter of 2016 with a completion planned for the fall of 2017.
The original Manvel JH opened in 1970 and proved to be insufficient to meet the standards of modern junior high campuses. The school was designed for an enrollment of 559 students but was at 771 in the 2011 school year. Other JH campuses in AISD are designed to accommodate 1000 students. It’s small footprint also compromised the school’s ability to offer comparable amenities and extra-curricular activities as the newer designed schools. The school closed upon the opening of the Rodeo Palms JH for the 2012-2013 school year and Manvel students were transferred there. Just this year a new Manvel JH opened behind Manvel HS on McCoy Rd.