SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District teachers are preparing for full classrooms as students return to school next Monday. For the past three years, the district has seen steady growth at all of their campuses.
The district reports it had around 7,700 students enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year, this year it is prepared to exceed 8,000.
“We knew students were going to come into our district and we’re prepared for them,” said SMCISD executive director of communications Andrew Fernandez.
With only five days before school starts, teachers throughout the district say there’s just one thing missing.
“My kids. I’m just excited to meet my kids,” said SMCISD first grade teacher Brittany Bouzard. “I have a class of 22.” With 22 students, Bouzard’s first grade classroom is at capacity for the second year in a row. “It’s definitely interesting, there’s never a dull moment.”
Her story isn’t much different when you visit other classrooms throughout the district. With 200 new students district wide, district leaders say there will be enough room for everyone.
“Our students are going to be comfortable in their classrooms, it’s not going to be overcrowded,” said Fernandez.
In May, the district passed a $107.3 million bond that will go towards renovating and upgrading campuses. The district says the decision to pass the bond will help them with future growth.
“We’ll see additions at mostly all of our elementary campuses, and our middle school campuses come May 2018,” said Fernandez. “We’re ready for the growth.”
Construction hasn’t started for those projects, but Fernandez says the district has some extra time due to where students are moving in.
“We’re adding five, 10, 15 students to a grade level. It may sound like a lot but it’s not going to affect us as much as people may think because the growth is spread out throughout the district,” said Fernandez. “It’s not just hitting our elementary, it’s not just hitting our middle schools, we are growing district wide.”
Construction for the bond projects are expected to start as early as next year. The bond includes a new elementary school and upgrades district wide to help prevent overcrowding in the future.