Why are there other projects in the 2019 Bond in addition to Middle School #2?
The only new school in the 2017 Bond Proposal was Middle School #2. Could the District wait to build the other projects?
Since 2017, Aledo ISD’s middle school (grades 6-8) student enrollment has grown from 1,312 to 1,596. In that time, the District’s elementary school (grades K-5) student enrollment has grown from 2,649 to 3,017. The functional capacity of the District’s five elementary schools is projected to be exceeded next school year (2020-2021) and the maximum capacity is projected to be exceeded in two years (2021-2022). In addition, enrollment at Walsh Elementary School is expected to reach 150% of maximum capacity in two years (2021-2022).
Given these student growth projections, and the fact that the design and construction of an elementary school takes approximately 18 months, the Bearcat Growth Committee made the decision to include additional capacity for elementary school students in the 2019 Bond Proposal. Waiting to build additional space for elementary school students would mean that elementary student enrollment would exceed maximum capacity at the District’s five elementary schools in two years.