For the first time, Tomball ISD is set to open the doors to two new elementary campuses and one new intermediate campus at the same time! That’s Oakcrest Intermediate, Creekview Elementary, and Wildwood Elementary. Creekside Park Junior High, the fourth campus included in the 2013 bond, isn’t scheduled to begin construction until 2016.
Bryan Kirk reports: While students and teachers are starting to think about the start of summer vacation, Tomball Independent School District officials are looking ahead to the start of the next school year.
“We are currently building four new schools to accommodate growth that is occurring in the northeastern and southern portions of our district,” said Staci Stanfield, Tomball ISD director of communications.
Although the district as a whole has seen steady growth since 2000, it has only been since 2009 that the district has begun to see much more rapid growth, which coincided with the opening of Creekside Forest Elementary, the district’s first campus in The Woodlands. When Creekside Forest opened in 2009, the district’s population was 10,188. By the end of the 2012-13 school year, the district had added a new high school campus on the south side, a new elementary school campus in The Woodlands, and about 1,500 new students to its rolls. The latest enrollment numbers for Tomball ISD peg the district’s population at 13,274.
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“We have experienced a 5½ percent growth rate over the past four years,” Stanfield said. In 2012, the district had completed the projects from the 2007 bond and formed a bond committee to discuss the possibility of adding more campuses.