Over the past seven years, our school district has steadily grown. This year is no exception. In fact, our enrollment has reached an all-time high of 4,580, a three percent increase from the previous year. This classifies Elgin ISD as a “fast growth district” according to the Texas Education Agency.
As our city continues to grow, with several housing development projects in queue, this growth pattern will only accelerate… substantially! Of course, with growth comes challenges. Perhaps the most obvious is staying ahead of that growth.
I am pleased to say that Elgin ISD has been mindful to proactively monitor and address this growth, using existing resources and facilities. However, we have now reached a point where we have outgrown the effective capacity of several of our schools, and we are ready to make a move.
With the continued growth of our school district, we are excited to announce the opening of Elgin Intermediate School (EIS), beginning in August 2020. Our Flex Campus, which has served exactly that purpose—a flexible campus site addressing various district needs—will become the intermediate school. Elgin Intermediate School will house 5th and 6th grade students, relieving the growth of our elementary and middle school campuses. The campus is currently undergoing minor renovations to prepare the building for its students.
In the meantime, parents of rising 5th and 6th grade students, as well as any other interested families, are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about this transition. The dates, times, and locations of these meetings are as follows:
- Elgin Elementary School: January 23 at 6 p.m.
- Booker T. Washington Elementary School: January 29 at 6 p.m.
- Neidig Elementary School: January 30 at 6 p.m.
During this meeting, we will introduce our new principal of EIS, Bobby Joe Truhill, and discuss in more detail our transition plan, to include staffing, scheduling, programmatic opportunities, and transportation, as we open the new school.
This is a first step in planning for the anticipated growth ahead. However, as the growth accelerates in the coming years, there will be a need to build more schools. This can only be done by passing a future bond, which could likely occur within the next two years. Until that time, we will remain fiscally responsible in our decision-making and fully committed to navigating these growing trends, in the best interest of our students, families and community.