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 more than 600 new enrollments so far in 2020-2021. At the beginning of the spring semester, PISD's enrollment sits at more than 6,002 students. Demographic projections call for 6,737 new students over the next 10 years, and the district is projecting an additional 900 students before next school year.
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 Lovelady High School in the Fall of 2021, the high school gets much-needed relief. In addition, the new neighborhood developments across the district are creating overcrowding issues for elementary and middle schools, as well. This will be addressed with the opening of Mayfield Elementary in 2022, Mattei Middle School in 2023 and Green Elementary and the second phase of Lovelady in 2024.
A newly formed Long-Range Planning Committee is currently reviewing school zoning to alleviate unbalanced populations among schools. Their recommendations will take effect in Fall 2022.
“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.”