Pomona Elementary is set to be completed this summer.

AISD makes progress on new construction projects

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Pomona Elementary is set to be completed this summer.

Pomona Elementary is set to be completed this summer.

It’s difficult to exaggerate just how fast the growth is barreling down on Alvin ISD, where the district is planning on opening six new schools, and a new district stadium/transportation complex, all in the next three years.

Daniel Combs, a district assistant superintendent, said Alvin ISD has been growing steadily, particularly in recent years. This current school year he said approximately 1,500 children joined the district.

“We’re one of the fastest-growing districts in the state,” he said. “Today we have 23,699 students and for the last five years we’ve been adding over 1,000 students every year.”

According to Templeton Demographics Spring 2017 Demographic Update, this growth can be attributed to several factors, including new residential construction along the Texas 288 corridor and the geographic size of Alvin ISD. The 252-square mile district covers Alvin, Manvel and all of Pearland west of 288.

“Alvin ISD started more than 1,100 new homes and closed nearly 1,100 new homes in 2016. This represents the most annual starts and closings in more than 8 years,” said Bob Templeton of Templeton Demographics. “Alvin ISD is expected to have 29,674 students enrolled by 2021/22.”

To accommodate this rapid student growth, voters approved a $245 million bond in 2015 to fund the construction of the new facilities.

The new schools will include Shirley Dill Brothers Elementary, which is under construction now. The $17.5-million project, which is located at 2910 Half Moon Bay Drive in Pearland, will be completed this summer.

Also under construction is Pomona Elementary, located at 4480 Kirby Drive in Manvel. The school, which will cost $16.3 million, will also be completed this summer.
The district’s seventh junior high, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Junior High is under construction at the corner of Kingsley and Broadway. The JB Hensler Career and Technical Center, 7380 Lewis Lane in Manvel, is also on track to open this summer.
“Career and Technical Education is so important to our district,” Combs said. “This facility will accommodate about 800 students from our district’s high schools. It will offer more programs in areas such as veterinary science, health science, culinary arts, criminal justice, and construction management.”

Other upcoming projects include replacing Alvin Elementary, which will be renamed Bob and Betty Nelson Elementary and the building of elementary school #20, recently named Bel Nafegar Sanchez Elementary. Construction on both schools will begin this fall.
The district stadium, which will include an event space and transportation center on 94 acres, is set to open in summer of 2018.

Combs said the district stadium complex would be a multi-use facility accommodating sporting events, alumni and community functions, as well as professional learning events in addition to serving as a second transportation center for the district’s buses.

“Our mission is to provide engaging learning opportunities for every Alvin ISD student, in a safe and secure learning environment,” said Dr. Buck Gilcrease, Alvin ISD superintendent. “In order for our educators to continue the trend of providing outstanding learning opportunities for every student every day, we must continue to plan for solutions that provide our students with the much needed instructional spaces.”

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