Wylie ISD students may soon have new stomping grounds

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - While many kiddos are getting ready to head back to school this year, one school district is already looking ahead to next year!

Some Wylie ISD students may have new stomping grounds to start the 2018 school year.

This came after the school district called for a bond election in order to build new buildings.

The expansion addresses student growth in the district that is projected over the next ten years.

Wylie Superintendent Joey Light said if the board passes this bond, it will be on the ballot on November 7th.

"We're experiencing overcrowding at the middle school and junior high so by building that pre-k through 1 campus," Superintendent Light said.

To help with that issue, Superintendent Light said he is hopeful new schools will be built in the district.

"We're going to be able to slide some grades to some different locations and that will allow us to survive the next school year with the enrollment we'll have," Light said.

The funding for the expansions is up to voters.

This November there will be a bond on Wylie voters ballots.

If the majority votes 'yes', tax payers are looking at a  $45 million bond.

"We will have the numbers on how much it'll affect our tax rate and how much a homeowner of a certain value can expect that to be for them," Light said.

For the average owner of a $200,000 home that is roughly $330 per year, Light said. If approved, the contstuction will be broken up into three parts:

Phase one is pre-k through first grade. This will include an administrative area and a cafeteria. It is expected to open for the 2018-2019 school year.

Phase two is second through fourth grade. This will be a different building but attached to the phase one building. This is expected to open in the 2019-2020 school year. The last part will cater to fifth through 8th graders.

"The fifth through 8th grade will be a totally separate campus. It'll be on a different sight, even though it'll be int he same general area. Both of these are going to be on the east side of 83/84 near Colony Hill Road and Maple," Light said.

That building is also expected to open in the 2019-2020 school year. The schools will be called Wylie East Elementary and Wylie East Middle School.

If the bond does not pass, they will be working on alternative ways to meet the demands of student growth.

Those who are interested in going to the board meeting can visit the Early Childhood Learning Library at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 21.

Over at Wylie High School, construction is already underway. The district is working towards completing the performing arts center.

Crews have been seen hard at work to finish the project by December.

It is expected to be completed in December and hopefully open in the spring of 2018.

"Meeting the needs of an underserved program with our choir, our band, our theatre arts, and so we've needed a performing arts center for a long time and we're really excited about it." Light said.

Light said this new building is long overdue. He said the emphasis is for the high school programs but any group in the district who has a need for it will be able to use it. He hopes the community will use it as well.


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