Discussions have commenced in Howe for strategizing plans to accommodate the growing middle and elementary school classes. The Howe Enterprise reported that the elementary school is anticipated to soon reach its capacity, which has led to several options being reviewed.
“In an effort to be proactive, we are starting the conversation about growth in the community and how prepared we are to handle the subsequent enrollment growth,” Howe ISD Superintendent Kevin Wilson said.
Though Wilson noted that there is plenty of room for growth at the high school, only a small amount of growth is available at the elementary and middle schools. He added if the current growth trend continues, the school system will be short on classroom space sometime in the next 2-3 years.
Wilson stated that the expansion conversation has just begun within the school system. This makes it premature for serious plans to be fixated, though ideas are being explored.
Howe ISD presently owns a 25-acre tract west of Highway 75, land that could be used for a possible expansion.
“No plans are imminent, but we are starting to evaluate our facilities and determine at what point we will outgrow them,” Walker said.
The elementary school houses grades Pre-K through fourth grade, and the middle school serves students in grades fifth through eigth. Currently the elementary school has an enrollment of 425 with a maximum capacity of approximately 500 students. The middle school has roughly 325 students enrolled, with a similar maximum capacity.
A more definite timeline is expected to be secured within the next several months in order to provide more detailed plans for how the student body expansion will be accommodated.