Demographic update projects continued student enrollment growth

New Caney ISD was among the fastest growing school districts in the Houston area over the last five years and can expect continued student enrollment growth in the coming years, according to Population and Survey Analysts' (PASA) recent demographic update report to the Board of Trustees. The study, completed during the spring of 2019, analyzes population and student enrollment, employment and housing trends, and implications for growth planning. The report includes the study of current student locations, potential growth based on new housing, trends occurring in student relocation patterns across the district, and economic factors relevant to both the district and the nation. Read PASA’s report to the Board here. Some highlights include:

  • The number of housing starts in New Caney ISD increased 52% from 2016 to 2017
  • Growing commercial centers like Springwoods Village and Generation Park are contributing to housing growth as commutes to and from New Caney ISD are 10-20 minutes to new corporate headquarters and industrial complexes
  • New housing communities located in the Grand Parkway Corridor are in the early stages of development
  • Employment in Harris and Montgomery counties increased over 3.7% over the 12 months ending in October 2018
  • The healthcare sector is projected to make up 12% of employment growth in 2019
  • New Caney ISD’s student enrollment increased 30.3% between 2012 and 2017
  • 79% of enrollment growth over last two years occurred from actively building subdivisions
  • PASA’s moderate growth projection puts district enrollment at over 22,000 by 2028


Comprehensive High School #3 moves into design development phase

Design is underway for the district’s third comprehensive high school, part of the 2018 bond program approved by voters last May. The Board of Trustees awarded the architectural services contract to Stantec for the design of the new campus.

During the schematic design phase, nearing completion, the architects have been coordinating with district personnel groups to determine the project’s requirements and goals. This includes developing basic concepts about spatial relationships, programming needs, form and function, as well as researching jurisdictional regulations and requirements. NCISD guiding principles in school design seek learning environments that are modern, adaptable and collaborative, framed by student driven instruction supported by accessible and advanced tools of technology. The school will include a focus in Health Sciences in the Career and Technical Education curriculum, with clinical and hospital simulation labs and biomedical classrooms as well as opportunities for professional certification in health science areas.

The design development phase, the creation of a more detailed site plan, is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2019 followed by work on construction documents which are scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2020. Construction of the new campus is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020, and the school will open in August of 2022. The school will be located in the south end of New Caney ISD on Sorters-McLellan Road south of Lone Star College – Kingwood.


Construction begins on Woodridge Forest Middle School Expansion

Construction has begun on an expansion of Woodridge Forest Middle School as part of the 2018 bond program approved by voters last May. The expansion will include more classrooms and expanded physical education dressing rooms, adding 360 seats to the school and taking its student capacity to 1,500. The Board of Trustees approved the construction contract with Purcell Construction at the Board’s regular meeting in February. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2020. Also, in February, the Board of Trustees approved a contract with Wilson Fire Equipment for an upgrade to Porter High School’s Fire Alarm system. Several projects remain from the 2015 bond program. At the March regular meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a construction contract with Joslin Construction for transportation department parking and site renovations. Finally, several projects at five elementary campuses remain. These are among projects that include paint, small area expansions, fire alarm updates, updated marquees, updated sound systems, new playground equipment, updates to security vestibules, and the installation of a first-responder antenna system. Approximately 70 percent of these projects are complete with final completion scheduled for summer 2019.


Brookwood Forest Elementary Celebrates Grand Opening

Brookwood Forest Elementary, the newest campus in New Caney ISD, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 14.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and builders of the campus attended the event. BFES Principal Malinda King thanked the administration for the new campus and her staff for their hard work in setting up their classrooms.

NCISD administrators and Board Trustees, along with members of the PHS Cheerleaders, cut a ribbon to celebrate and unveil the campus. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed refreshments and took tours of the new campus.


Board approves contract for architectural services for replacement middle school; Brookwood Forest ES on track to open in August

The New Caney ISD Board of Trustees awarded a contract to IBI Architects for services to design and construct a new middle school facility at its regular meeting in July. The facility, part of the 2018 bond program approved by voters in May, will be a replacement campus for Keefer Crossing Middle School. In June, the Board approved a contract to IBI Architects for services to design and construct the expansion at Woodridge Forest Middle School, also part of the 2018 bond program. The Board has also approved contracts for parking lost expansions (2015 bond program) at the district's transportation facility and stadium (Brooks & Sparks) and for construction (ICI Construction) for elementary renovations (2015 bond program).

The construction of Brookwood Forest Elementary School (2015 bond program) is nearing completion. Landscaping and interior finishes are underway as the school prepares to open for the 2018-19 year. Also, renovations at New Caney High School, New Caney Middle School, and several elementary schools continue.  

Brookwood Forest Elementary School 

Brookwood Forest Elementary School

New Caney High School

Bens Branch Elementary School


NCISD Voters Approve 2018 Bond

The New Caney ISD community approved a bond referendum for $200 million Saturday, May 5, allowing the school district to move forward with proposals to build a third comprehensive high school, replace Keefer Crossing Middle School and Porter Elementary School, and expand Woodridge Forest Middle School.

“I would like to thank the community for its continued support of public education, our schools, and the students and staff of New Caney ISD,” Superintendent Kenn Franklin said. “I would also like to thank the members of the long range planning committee whose work was an important contribution to the proposals in this referendum and the long term direction of the school district.”

The school district partnered with engineering, planning and program management services firm Lockwood, Andrews, & Newman during the past year to conduct a facilities condition assessment, develop construction design standards, and complete a long range facilities plan. A planning committee, comprised of parents, community members, and district staff, produced a long range facility report for the Board of Trustees in which potential projects were identified and prioritized based on campus capacities and demographic studies, condition of the district’s facilities, and instructional program considerations.

New Caney ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the greater Houston area and the entire state, growing by more than 30% over the last five years. Between 2011 and 2016, NCISD was the fastest growing school district in the Houston area and fourth in the state. Recent demographic studies project continued student enrollment growth in the coming years.

“It’s an exciting time in East Montgomery County as the community continues to grow and prosper,” Franklin said. “We are excited to get started on these projects that will help the district accommodate this growth and provide students great learning environments and opportunities.” 

There will be no tax rate increase as a result of the approval of this bond referendum. Initial projects will begin with a design phase as early as fall 2018. The public can follow progress on these projects at newcanyeisd.org/bondnews. 


Bond 2018 Video: Bond Process, School Finance, Tax Implications

The New Caney ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved calling for a bond election for May 5, 2018. This video explains the bond process, including school finance and local tax implications.