Princeton ISD manages signficant growth
Princeton ISD has experienced a high rate of growth over the past few years, with enrollment climbing by more than 500 students each school year since 2018 and nearly 600 new enrollments so far in 2019-2020. At the beginning of the spring semester, PISD's enrollment sits at more than 5,500 students. Demographic projections call for 6,737 new students over the next 10 years.
To accommodate this increase in students, voters approved a bond election in May 2019.
After a recommendation from the PISD Long-Range Planning Committee, the Board of Trustees called the $237.4 million bond election to fund these projects:
- Construct 9th-10th center for 1,800 students
- Construct middle school #3 for 1,000 students
- Construct elementary #7 and #8 for 1,430 students
- Purchase property for school sites
With the opening of both Southard Middle School and Lowe Elementary as part of the prior bond election, the high school will soon be over capacity and need relief by 2021. In addition, the new neighborhood developments near Harper and Lowe elementary schools will create overcrowding issues, as well.
The board recently secured the purchase of two properties in the southernmost area of the district for two future school sites.
“Growth is coming, and we need to be prepared,” said LRPC chairman Stan Fike told the school board prior to the election. “Rooftops are being added daily, and students come with those houses. The LRP committee looked at all possibilities and prioritized the academic needs of our kids. This bond approval will position the district for orderly growth.”