BISD prepares for future growth with land purchase
Friday, 15 June 2012 by Matthew Girard
The Belton Independent School District isn't wasting any time in preparing for the future growth of the district.
After the passing of a $60 million Bond for the creation of three new schools in the district on May 12, the BISD Board of Trustees approved the purchase of about 34 acres near the intersection of Loop 121 and Second Avenue for $524,000 on May 14.
BSID Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said the site is a possible location for a new elementary school.
"The board is preparing for the future growth of the school district by exploring properties for future school sites," Kincannon said. "This particular site is a proposed future school site, but we don't know the timeline on that school site yet. We are still investigating additional properties for the school district."
The bond allows the district to build a middle school and two elementary schools.
"We began looking for sites as a part of the Bond planning process," Kincannon said. "We haven't made a decision on the exact location of the elementary school No. 10 yet. We know that we will have 13,000 students by 2020 in our school district, so we continue to study potential school sites."
The passing of the Bond not only creates more space for students, but also allows the district to discontinue the use of portable buildings.
"We're excited to build three new schools to address the growth of the school district and carry us out a little bit further into the future," Kincannon said. "With 13,000 students projected, we know that we will need those three new buildings to take care of our enrollment growth. We are also really pleased to be able to reduce the number of home-elementary school classes that are in portable buildings."