By Kyle DeBeer, Belton Independent School District
Last week, the Belton Independent School District completed the purchase of 14.429 acres located north of Prairie View Road and east of North Pea Ridge Road in Temple.
School board members approved the purchase of the property at their monthly meeting held last Monday night. The district paid $238,078.50 for the land (or $16,500 per acre).
District officials have said that the site could be used for a future elementary school. A longrange planning committee began meeting last month to develop recommendations for future school construction and other facilities needs.
According to a report by Templeton Demographics, Belton ISD’s enrollment is expected to grow by 3,591 students in the next ten years. That includes more than 1,500 new elementary students.
Belton ISD’s existing elementary schools are projected to reach capacity by 2019.
“Everyday more families are discovering that our community is a great place to work, play and raise a family. As more families move here, our schools will have a growing number of students to serve,” said Randy Pittenger, school board President.
“We’ve successfully managed our fast-growth over the past decade, because we planned for it. Now it’s time for us to prepare for the next ten years. Through our long-range facilities planning committee, parents, teachers, business leaders and representatives of the community are working to prioritize the district’s facilities needs,” said Dr. Susan Kincannon, superintendent.
The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 in the boardroom at the Belton ISD Administration Building (400 N. Wall St., Belton). All of the committee’s meetings are open to the public, and presentations from past meetings can be found online at bisd.net/BISD2025.