Boyd School Board plans for future influx of students

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
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Boyd ISD could nearly double its current enrollment in the next five years, if plans presented by a pair of developers to the school board Tuesday come to fruition.

Developers of Spring Hill South, a proposed 600-home development on Cemetery Road, and Twin Lakes, a 25-lot development off County Road 4680, made presentations and received letters of approval from the trustees. Per Wise County development rules and regulations, proposed subdivisions or developments that have 25 lots or more must receive “approval” letters from certain entities, including schools, that would be affected by the platting.

Twin Lakes, which is being developed by a group involved with the television show “Texas Flip and Move,” expects to have 25 homes sold with families moved in by January.

The homes were salvaged from other sites and moved to the development where they have been refurbished. The homes range in size from 1,800 to 2,100 square feet and in price from $175,000 to $225,000.

District officials estimated they could expect 30 to 60 students from the development, which would have minimal impact on the district’s facilities.

The proposed Spring Hill South, still in the planning stages, would bring a significant number of students to the district. Developer Bob Shelton said he is working with the city on a Public Improvement District for the 153-acre development that is currently in Boyd’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. As terms of the preliminary development agreement between Shelton and the city, it would be annexed into the city.

Thomas Fletcher, a Kimley Horn engineer who is working with Shelton on the project, said it would be 23 to 24 months before any houses would be built.

“We’re looking at 26 to 30 months before you see an impact with families moving in,” Fletcher said. “Then you could see eight to 10 houses per month.”

The price for the houses is expected to fall between $210,000 and $260,000.

Shelton said he expects it to take six to seven years to complete the four to six phases.

Shelton and trustees discussed the district’s ability to take on the number of students, which could be near 1,200 by the time the project is built out.

“That’s what we’re worried about. You can move them in quicker than we can prepare for them,” said Board President Bill Childress. “That’s why we appreciate you coming up and talking with us so we can get a better idea of where we’re headed in the next five to six years.”

The district is projecting an enrollment around 1,300 for 2018-19.

“With 600 houses dropping in the next five years, we could double our enrollment with two kids per household,” Childress said. “My biggest concern is if we can accommodate that increased enrollment.

“We started last year with our short-, mid-, and long-range goals for facilities. It’s important to have a plan in place.”

Superintendent Ted West said while the Spring Hill South development would bring substantial growth, he pointed out it would not all hit at one time.

“It’s not 1,000 kids hitting us at one time,” West said. “We’ll have some time to decide what we are going to do.

“We’re having discussions on short-term and long-term needs. In short term, we would gradually build with the growth and probably use portable buildings until a time when permanent structures are needed.”

West said one issue will be at what grade levels the growth hits.

“With the price point of the homes, it indicates grades four to eight will have the most impact,” West said. “That happens to be our oldest facility.”

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