First phase of NCHS renovations complete, other projects progressing

The first phase of renovations at New Caney High School are complete, including the band hall, the cosmetology center, physical education area, and additional classrooms. The next phase is beginning and includes areas for choir, orchestra, and drama. 

Work at New Caney Middle School is approximately 28% complete overall. Exterior masonry is 55% complete and work on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing has begun along with interior walls.

Construction of Brookwood Forest Elementary is approximately 48% complete overall. Exterior walls are about 85% complete, and some interior finishes have begun. Paving has also begun. 


New Caney ISD Board of Trustees Calls for May Bond Election

The New Caney ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved calling for a bond election for May 5, 2018. The Board will seek $200 million in bonds for the construction of new campuses or replacement of existing campuses, for purchasing land for future facilities, and for updates to existing facilities. 

Passage of the bond will not affect the tax rate for property owners in the district.

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. Recent demographic studies project continued student enrollment growth in the coming years. 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. Recommendations included a third comprehensive high school, a fifth middle school, replacement or additional elementary schools, and land for future facilities. The final project list for the 2018 bond would include some combination of these items based on the district’s current bond capacity and costs estimates.

“Planning is critical in a fast-growth school district like New Caney ISD,” Superintendent Kenn Franklin said. “I would like to thank the long range planning committee for its work these past few months and the Board of Trustees for its consideration and support of a bond election this year. New Caney ISD will publish and share more detailed information regarding potential bond projects in the coming weeks and will work to share that information with parents, employees, and the public.”

Election Day is May 5, 2018. The deadline to register to vote is April 5. Early voting begins April 23. For information on voting times and locations, visit www.newcaneyisd.org/elections. To learn more about the 2018 bond or find updates on previous bond projects, visit www.newcaneyisd.org/bondnews.   


Infinity Early College High School opens to students

January 19, 2018 - Infinity Early College High School opened to students Jan. 10. Operating in the New Caney ISD Annex during its first four years, IECHS graduated its first class of students in 2017. The school was recognized in 2017 as one of the top high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and was selected by Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education as one of 727 public schools in Texas to receive the title of Honor Roll School.

Early College High Schools are innovative high schools that allow students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours. Early college high school students are provided dual credit at no cost to students, offered rigorous instruction and accelerated courses, and provided academic and social support services to help them succeed with increased college readiness. Located on Sorters Road near Lone Star College - Kingwood, the school can serve up to 500 students as part of the Texas Early College High School Program.


Long range planning committee completes work

January 18, 2018 - The district's long range planning committee wrapped up its work in January and made a report to the Board of Trustees Jan. 15. The committee, comprised of parents, district staff, and community members, met eight times between October and January to review facility conditions and demographics and set priorities regarding a long range facility plan.


Long range planning committee tours New Caney HS, continues work toward Board report

December 18, 2017 - The district's long range planning committee held its seventh meeting Thursday, Dec 14. The committee toured New Caney High School before working to develop consensus regarding immediate and longer term facility initiatives for the committee's Board report in January. The committee's final meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2018.


Infinity Early College HS Nearing Completion, Natatorium Hosts First Swim Meet

December 5, 2017 - Construction of Infinity Early College High School is nearly complete. Final interior finishes are underway and exterior landscaping is approximately 85% complete. Infinity Early College High School will open to students in January 2018. 

Construction of Brookwood Forest Elementary is approximately 40% complete overall. Exterior work has begun and the building is nearing being dried-in, and the brick veneer is approximately 15% complete. Interior mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work is approximately 30% complete, and wall construction is progressing. 

Construction of the natatorium is complete. The facility hosted its first competitive swim meet, Dec. 1, with 15 schools and 360 student-athletes competing. The courtyard between the natatorium and the Texan Drive Stadium community room is nearing completion.


Long range planning committee tours Woodridge Forest Middle School, examines demographics study

December 1, 2017 - The district's long range planning committee held its sixth meeting Thursday, Nov. 30. The committee toured Woodridge Forest Middle School before examining demographics data and considering priorities around the district's current and project student enrollment growth. Issues discussed included school capacities, type of planning for growth, zoning, realignment, school location concepts, and land procurement. The committee's next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 14.