District projected to grow

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Bridgeport ISD is on track to grow according to a report from Templeton Demographics.

After researching housing trends, Templeton reported Monday that the district could grow by as many as 140 students in the next 10 years, increasing enrollment to 2,222.

Templeton projected a growth of eight students in 2019, 15 students by 2024 and up to 140 students in 2029.

The report is a break from the district’s recent decline in enrollment. Templeton research manager Michelle Box pointed out the district dropped 140 students in the past five years.

“There’s word of about 200 to 300 homes with a potential to go in,” Box said. “Our five-plus year forecast assumes housing growth, which projects to a moderate growth forecast in the next 10 years.”

A large factor according to Box is the influx of new homes with high student yields. Box referenced several potential and current housing developments, which have shown a high yield of students per home.

Box said new houses in the area possess a yield of 0.7 students – seven students in every 10 houses.

She added a large part of that growth is from families seeking affordable housing as the northward expansion from Tarrant County continues. That has made Northwest ISD one of the fastest growing districts in the state.

“I can tell you the growth coming up from 287. You can see new homes and subdivisions popping up every single day – literally,” Box said. “The growth up the 287 corridor and 114 out, of that connector, were seeing more and more developments starting to plat with infrastructure.

“The growth is caused by affordability,” she added. “The land in Wise County is much more affordable for major developers. That’s a huge factor. There’s a huge market with price increases. Affordable homes for young families are $50-60,000 more than they were even five years ago. If a developer can get cheaper land in Wise County, they can build an affordable product.”

In other business of note, the board approved the certification of unopposed candidates Jim Bost, Place 4, and Duane Sutherland, Place 5, for the school board.

The board also approved 2019-2020 cheerleading handbook.

The new handbook will cover middle school through high school cheer. It would affect eligibility, preventing students who were suspended or failed a class from trying out for the team the following year.

The handbook also did away with the demerit system for offenses like leaving pom poms. The handbook would invoke more rapid accountability that would involve, for example, doing 10 toe touches during practice.

“It aligns more with any other athletic handbook,” said Bridgeport cheer coach Jennifer Hicks.

Correction: In a previous version of this article, Templeton Demographics research manager Michelle Box’s name was spelled as Michelle Bach. The Messenger regrets this error.

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