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Aldine ISD passes 70,000 enrollment figure for first time in history

Aldine ISD passes 70,000 enrollment figure for first time in history
Posted on 09/11/2015

For the first time, Aldine ISD has eclipsed the 70,000 enrollment figure.

As of September 4, the district had an enrollment of 70,236 students and it continues to grow.

The district has 993 more students than it did at this time last year and more students are expected to enroll after the Labor Day holiday.

The majority of the growth is on the north side of the district. The opening of Cypresswood Elementary School addressed overcrowding at Jones Elementary and Magrill Elementary, but growth continues to be an issue throughout the district.

According to a population study conducted by Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), Aldine ISD will continue to grow by 3% (2,000 students per year) for the next five years, which will increase student enrollment by approximately 10,000. In five years, the district will have a projected enrollment of 80,000 students.

To address its growth issues the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees approved a $798 million bond referendum election for November 3.

If approved by voters, the bond referendum would provide funding for:

  • A new Career & Technical Education High School
  • A new East Aldine Early College High School
  • Three new PreK-Kindergarten Centers
  • Three new elementary schools (grades 1-5)
  • Three new middle schools (grades 6-8)
  • Reconfigurations at Pre-K-8 levels to address growth. The reconfiguration changes would be addressed in the bond by converting intermediate schools into PreK-K schools, converting elementary schools to grades 1-5 and converting middle schools to grades 6-8. The reconfiguration changes will reduce the number of transitions between grade levels.
  • Converting three elementary schools to PreK-Kindergarten and renovations and remodeling to convert three elementary schools to PreK-Kindergarten schools
  • Major renovations and additions to Carver High School, MacArthur High School, Anderson Academy, Aldine High School and upgrades and additional restrooms for staff
  • Provide technology upgrades throughout the district and installation of WiFi at all Aldine campuses to improve Internet access
  • Safety and security upgrades throughout the district and the installation of GPS on all buses
  • Renovation of Smith Stadium, swimming pool upgrades at all high schools
  • Construction of a north side transportation facility
  • Parking lot expansions
  • Land purchases for new school sites

In the fall of 2014, the district hired Jacobs Engineering to conduct a facilities and technological assessment of every school and support facility in the district. The district also worked with DeJONG-RICHTER, LLC, an educational facilities planning firm, which assisted in the assessment process.

In February of 2015, the district formed a steering committee of parents and community members to receive input concerning district growth, facilities and technology needs. Two community dialogues were held to receive input from district stakeholders and a district executive team composed of administrators and steering committee chairs studied possible options.

The district has produced a video discussing the bond referendum and will present it at a number of community informational meetings throughout the district leading up to the election. In addition, information will be posted on the district website and at each campus with details about the work proposed in the referendum for each campus and support facility.

Early voting will take place October 19-October 30 at any early voting polling location in Harris County.

Polls will be open on Election Day (November 3) from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Click here for a list of polling sites for both early voting and Election Day. Like us on Facebook and follow us at Twitter for updated information.