During the spring of 2018, Fort Bend ISD engaged with the community as it worked to update the District’s Facilities Master Plan and ensure that the District is providing the best learning environments, valuable opportunities and access to programs in accordance with the Board-adopted Profile of a Graduate. During the spring of 2018, a Facilities Steering Committee made up of a broad, cross section of community members and District staff met to discuss facilities assessment data, student enrollment projections and community feedback to develop options and recommendations regarding utilization of District facilities, continuing the Facilities Master Planning process that first began in 2013.
Steering Committee meetings were open for the public to attend and observe the process, and as the work of the Facilities Steering Committee progressed, the District held several community meetings in February and April to gain additional feedback.
Ultimately, the updated Facilities Master Plan will inform the development of the District Capital Plan.
May 14, 2018 Update
During the Regular Board meeting on Monday, May 14, the Fort Bend ISD administration presented its recommendations to the Board of Trustees. During the meeting, Board members took action on several of the recommendations, modified others and requested additional information on programming changes related to facilities use.
Actions taken May 14 include recommended construction of:
- Six elementary schools, including two rebuilds
- New school to relieve overcrowding in schools that serve the Riverstone community. (If land in this area cannot be identified and purchased, it is recommended that classroom additions be constructed at Austin Parkway Elementary, Commonwealth Elementary and Settlers Way Elementary.)
- Reconstruction of Lakeview Elementary
- Reconstruction of Meadows Elementary
- New school along Lake Olympia Parkway/Fort Bend Toll Road corridor
- Two new schools in Ridge Point/Sienna Plantation area
- One new middle school to serve students in the Hightower and/or Ridge Point High School areas
- Classroom additions at three elementary schools and one middle school:
- Neill Elementary
- Madden Elementary
- Elementary School 51 (located in Aliana community, expansion during construction)
- Fort Settlement Middle School
- Land for a future high school in the Sienna Plantation community
- To address projected overcrowding at Ridge Point High School in the next few years, the Board conceptually supports rezoning and has asked the administration to bring an implementation plan forward regarding flexible scheduling and the impact it will have on students who may need to be rezoned in the future. It is important to note there will be no rezoning for the 2018-19 school year and boundary changes would include community engagement in accordance with Board Policy FC Local.
Additionally, the Board of Trustees tabled several recommendations related to programming, and requested additional information from the administration regarding these plans:
- Plans to implement innovative instructional program at elementary schools within the Marshall High School and Willowridge High School feeder patterns to expand choice opportunities for students and improve outcomes. Currently, overall utilization of these schools is low.
- Plans to implement innovative instructional programming at Hightower, Marshall and Willowridge High Schools to expand choice opportunities for students and improve student outcomes. Currently, utilization of these schools is imbalanced, especially as compared to Ridge Point High School.
Community Meetings held May 29 and May 30 - Update
Following discussions at the May 14, Board meeting, the administration held two community meetings to share additional information with the Ridge Point, Hightower, Marshall and Willowridge communities. During these meetings, the administration shared how it is responding to Board and community feedback regarding the previously discussed recommendations, and its plans to share updated recommendations during the June 11 Board meeting for possible action on June 18.
The FAQ’s below include commonly asked questions during the two meetings.
May 29 – Ridge Point High School community meeting
May 30 – Hightower, Marshall and Willowridge community meeting
June 18, 2018 Update
During the regular Board Meeting on Monday, June 18, the Fort Bend ISD administration presented its updated recommendations regarding the Ridge Point High School, Marshall High School and Willowridge High School communities.
Actions taken during the June 18 Board meeting include:
- Adopted the recommendation to use available elementary capacity in the Marshall High School and Willowridge High School Feeder patterns to implement innovative instructional programming that improves student outcomes, expands choice opportunities, and increases utilization and marginal revenue.
- **Adopted the recommendation to include funding for a high school for approximately 2,700 students in the next bond program.
- Adopted the recommendation to use available high school capacity at Marshall High School and Willowridge High School to implement innovative instructional programming that improves student outcomes, expands choice opportunities, and increases utilization and marginal revenue.
- *Rescinded previous action on May 14 to recommend construction of a 12 classroom addition at Fort Settlement Middle School, and recommended the rebalancing of enrollment at Fort Settlement Middle School and First Colony Middle School at the appropriate time. Note: This action followed additional community feedback and discussions surrounding an option to also include recommended construction of a 12 classroom addition at First Colony Middle School. During the June 18 Board meeting, staff acknowledged an error regarding Fort Settlement Middle School capacity, which has a functional capacity of 1,641, rather than the previously reported capacity of 1,399. Due to this regretful error, the administration will audit all capacity throughout the District and ensure that that all functional capacity is reviewed and updated annually.
To review the video of the discussions and actions, visit the Board of Trustees website.
Following the Facilities Master Planning Process, FBISD will now continue planning for a possible 2018 bond referendum to fund the construction projects noted above. The Bond Oversight Committee will be meeting over the next few months to determine the needs of the District and possibly develop a recommendation to the Board.
Note: There are no boundary changes for the 2018-19 school year. Any future boundary changes will include community engagement in accordance with Board Policy FC local, pending the results of a bond referendum and the planned construction of new schools, as well as annual enrollment reviews.