Santa Fe Independent School District officials said they hope to open a new elementary school on schedule in May 2019.
Santa Fe schools are nearing capacity and planned subdivisions will continue to bring more students into the district, officials said.
The school district is projecting a 5 percent increase in student population in the next five years, Superintendent Leigh Wall said.
The district has four campuses — a high school, a junior high school and two elementary schools — with an enrollment of about 4,800, Wall said.
One elementary school has pre-K through second grade and the other has second through fifth grade.
“There are currently approximately 2,400 students at the two elementary school campuses,” Wall said. “The new school is designed to house 800 students.”
When the new school opens, the district plans to turn all three elementary campuses into pre-K through fifth-grade schools, Wall said.
In November 2016, voters approved a bond issue of almost $35 million to help build the school. The bond issue did not require a tax increase.
Trustees in February selected Cre8 Architects of Houston to help design the new school. Cre8 Architects has designed schools for Deer Park, Crosby and Fort Bend school districts, among others.
The fee to hire the firm is 6.2 percent of the estimated $20 million cost of construction, Wall said. The bond proposal budgeted about $29 million to construct the school, Wall said.
The new elementary school will be at FM 1764 and Avenue G 1/2. District officials in May closed on a deal to purchase 19.2 acres.
Trustees in June approved a design concept outlining what the school would look like, including building, classroom and facility layouts. The board approved a color plan in October.
“The project is proceeding on schedule as established,” Wall said. “There have been no delays.”
District officials anticipate construction documents will be sent out for bid in December and a construction company will be selected in February 2018. Construction will run from February 2018 to May 2019.