Just as the school year winds down, a heavy summer season of construction on renovation projects at existing schools, new roofs at many schools, as well as construction of hundreds more classrooms gears up.
“It’s important that we stay on schedule,” says Leroy San Miguel, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities & Construction. “The community entrusted us through a vote of confidence in bond elections to ensure that new classrooms come on line and renovations of existing schools be ready on time for the students of NISD.”
Northside ISD continues to be the “destination district” for families. Even though there are 15 other school districts in Bexar County, more than 50 percent of all the new single family housing in Bexar County is built within the boundaries of NISD, the fourth largest public school system in Texas.
Here is a brief summary of some of the dozens of project currently underway or in the design phase. For more information, go to nisd.net/bond.
- Boldt Elementary opens. For the first time in over a decade, only one new school will open in the fall. This is a result of an aggressive building program that has opened 47 schools in the last 15 years to keep up with the demand for hundreds more classrooms. Boldt Elementary School will eventually house more than 800 students and is located in Redbird Ranch in far west Bexar County.
- Biggest of the projects. The biggest of the projects is the construction of Northside’s newest high school, currently called by its working name, “Kallison Ranch area” high school. It will be named this summer for a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The $110.8 million project will house close to 3,000 students and will open in summer 2017. The school is located about five miles outside of Loop 1604 off FM 471 W.
- You are on camera. Approximately 7,000 high definition security cameras are in operation throughout NISD schools. These are part of a multi-pronged security system that includes access control, intrusion alarms, and glass break sensors aimed to keep students and staff safe.
- Get buzzed in. Work continues on the installation of bullet resistant security lobbies at eight elementary schools where visitors must present credentials before getting buzzed in. The outer security lobbies provide an additional layer of security. Eight more schools are slated to receive lobbies next year.
- Let’s play ball. Two athletic facilities will provide competition venues for baseball and basketball athletes. Jake Inselmann Baseball Field located at the Hardin Athletic Complex opened this spring and the groundbreaking celebration of the Northside Sports Gym at the Farris Athletic Complex was held in May. The Sports Gym will augment the aging Paul Taylor Field House.
- Two more schools to open in 2016. Two elementary schools, “Village at Westpoint East area” and “FM471 area #3,” will be named later this summer and will relieve overcrowding in elementary schools in the western part of the District. Each will house 800 students and cost around $25 million.
- New science wing at Rudder. At a cost of $4.5 million, Rudder Middle School is getting a new science classroom addition. It is scheduled to open in summer 2016.
- Luna construction begins this summer. A new classroom addition at Luna Middle School breaks ground this summer. The $3.2 million project will be completed in summer 2016.
- New roofs are important. Six schools and facilities will receive new roofs this summer. These include Carson and Cody elementary schools, and Jordan, Stevenson and Stinson middle schools, and Block Aquatics Center.
- Schools get security hardware. Six schools will receive upgraded door access hardware that will allow teachers to lock classroom doors quickly in case of an emergency. The schools are Mary Hull Elementary School, Jordan, Neff, Pease and Stevenson middle schools, and Taft High School. Budget for this security project, which will be completed this summer, is $300,000.
- Floors are replaced. Three schools will get new floors this summer at a cost of $233,000. The schools are Clark High School and Scobee and Villarreal elementary schools.