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Fort Bend ISD Weighs School Consolidations In Facilities Plan

In a recent community message, Superintendent Charles Dupre said that he “cannot stress enough that no decisions have been made at this point.”

The ongoing facilities master plan in Fort Bend ISD is expected to guide a new capital program. The last one was passed in 2014 and authorized more than $400 million in school construction.
The ongoing facilities master plan in Fort Bend ISD is expected to guide a new capital program. The last one was passed in 2014 and authorized more than $400 million in school construction.

The Fort Bend Independent School District is growing, but not at every school. So, the district is trying to figure out how to best use its facilities and that may include closing some schools.

Take Hunters Glen Elementary near the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road. It’s more than 30 years old and needs more than $7 million in repairs. And a district committee found just over half of the campus is used — and even that isn’t up to current academic standards.

So Hunters Glen could be consolidated, along with others like Sugar Mill, Lakeview and Meadows elementary schools. Or they could be renovated. Or potentially another option.

These are questions facing Fort Bend ISD as it develops its latest facilities master plan, which could guide its next bond program. Voters approved the last school construction program in 2014.

It’s getting input from parents and residents at two more community meetings this week before sending recommendations to the board later this spring.

In a recent community message, Superintendent Charles Dupre said that he “cannot stress enough that we have not made any decisions at this point.”

Also, no changes are expected for next school year.

For more information, visit Fort Bend ISD’s site on community meetings here.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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