The Spring ISD board of trustees got a first look at plans for three ninth grade centers as part of the $330 million bond that voters approved in 2016.
The three new centers for high schools Dekaney, Spring and Westfield will help alleviate overcrowding at all three campuses.
“Part of that space is needed just from a crowded standpoint from the ninth grade center was to be able to allow those that are going to be staying in the senior high school to have more space themselves,” said chief operations officer Mark Miranda.
The Dekaney and Westfield centers are expected to house up to 900 students each while Spring is expected to have capacity for 840 students.
All three centers were designed by three different architecture firms.
Westfield Ninth Grade Center
Architecture firm Pfluger designed the plans to convert Roberson Middle School into the Westfield Ninth Grade Center.
As part of the presentation on Thursday, Pfluger partner Michelle Dudley told the board that part of the plans involve demolishing parts of the building to create a courtyard area as a “student-friendly outdoor environment.”
The plans also call for knocking out parts of the building walls to add more windows, she said.
A replacement Roberson campus is currently under construction at 12430 Veterans Memorial Road and is expected to be opened in August 2019.
The district has not yet announced the budget or timeline for the Westfield center, but expects to have it ready by August 2020, according to the Spring ISD website.
Dekaney Ninth Grade Center
VLK Architects unveiled the design plans for the Dekaney Ninth Grade Center as a three-story building that would be located southwest on the same property as Dekaney High School.
“Dekaney, probably unlike many schools, has a vast amount of land. Almost 80 acres,” said Christopher Laack, a principal with VLK Architects.
The new center is expected to be built at 22351 Imperial Valley Drive with construction scheduled to begin in 2019 and completed by 2020.
The construction budget has not yet been announced.
Spring Ninth Grade Center
PBK Architects designed the Spring Ninth Grade Center as a two-story building that will house up to 840 students.
The new center is expected to be built on the opposite side of the Leonard George Stadium and in walking distance of Spring High School.
“We want this ninth grade center to feel like one campus with the high school,” said Jennifer Quigley, principal with PBK.
While no budget has been approved yet, construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed by August 2020, according to the Spring ISD website.