Northside community supports investing in their schools

March 2, 2012

The final projects of School Bond 2007 are coming online and the first projects funded by School Bond 2010 are under construction or in design. Here’s a status report of voter-approved bond projects. More details are available on the District’s bond website.

For the first time in decades, only one new school will open in the fall. Most years, the District opens three to five schools. Los Reyes Elementary School, located at 10785 Trianna Parkway, will open this summer with about 400 students and will relieve overcrowding at Beard Elementary and Helotes Elementary. The school is named for one of the pioneer schools that originally formed Northside ISD.  The $17 million school will eventually grow to 800 students and is designed by O’Neill Conrad Oppelt Architects and built by Bartlett Cocke, Inc.

Three new schools will open in summer 2013:

  • “FM 471 North area” elementary school is located at Silver Spot and Raw Silver, south of Galm Rd in the north part of Silver Oaks subdivision.  The school is being built for 660 students and will relieve overcrowding at Scarborough and Henderson elementary schools.  The $18 million school is designed by O’Neill Conrad Oppelt Architects. The school will be named in April.
  • “Cielo Vista North area” elementary school is a 540-student school that is being built at 26615 Toutant Beauregard  in the far northern area of NISD west of Interstate 10. It will relieve overcrowding at Aue Elementary School.  The $19 million school is designed by Noonan Rittimann and is being built by Bartlett Cocke, Inc. The school will be named in April.
  • Dr. John M. Folks Middle School is located at 9855 Swayback Ranch.  The 1,200-student school will relieve overcrowding at Briscoe, Jefferson and Dr. Hecor Garcia middle schools. The $40 million school is designed by Marmon Mok Architects and built by Joeris Genral Contractors. Earlier this week, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name the school after Superintendent John Folks, who is retiring in June.

Two transportation stations are under construction to better serve the thousands of students who ride school buses to and from school. NISD operates one of the largest school bus fleets in Texas:  around 800 buses transporting more than half of the District’s students.  When completed there will five transportation stations that are strategically located around the 355-square mile District:

  • The existing Culebra Transportation Station is next to the Don Hardin Athletic Complex, at Loop 410 and Culebra Road. The station houses about 200 school buses. The $1.3 million renovation will be finished in summer 2012.
  • The Mike McClung Transportation Station is under construction in far west Bexar County and will be located next to the site where a new high school and middle school will be built in the next four years. The station eventually will house about 200 buses. The $5.5 million facility will be finished in summer 2012. Earlier this week, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name the Transportation Station after former and longtime Transportation Director Mike McClung.

Two athletic facilities are also under construction:

  • The Northside Swim Center is under construction next to the Northside Natatorium and will be completed by summer 2013. The $19 million facility is a joint project between NISD and Bexar County. It is designed by PBK Architects and being built by Bartlett Cocke, Inc.
  • Construction of the Northside Tennis Center begins this May and will include 18 competition courts, spectator stands, and a pro shop. It will be built next to O’Connor High School in Helotes.  The $4 million facility is being designed by PBK Architects and will open summer 2013.

Los Reyes Elementary School   (opens Summer 2012)

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“FM471 North area” elementary school  (opens Summer 2013)

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“Cielo Vista North area” elementary school  (opens Summer 2013)

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Dr John M Folks Middle School  (opens Summer 2013)

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Northside Tennis Center  (opens Summer 2013)

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