By Susan McFarland
ROANOKE - A new elementary school soon will be built in Roanoke to help alleviate space issues due to rapid growth in the Northwest Independent School District.
Roanoke City Council on Aug. 14 approved a final plat for the school, to be located northwest of Litsey Road and Fairway Drive.
Attendance boundaries have not yet been established for "Elementary School 17" but it's is likely that both the Seventeen Lakes and Chadwick Farms communities would be in the new school's zone, said Lesley Weaver, director of communications for the district.
Weaver said funds were included in the 2005 bond to purchase the site and construction funds were included in the 2008 bond.
Approval for the plat came just one day after district board members called for a Nov. 6 vote to approve the sale of $255 million in bonds to pay for improvements including construction of a new high school and middle school in the north Fort Worth/Haslet area.
"Northwest ISD is ranked as the second fastest growing school district in the state of Texas," Weaver said. "In the last 10 years, our enrollment has nearly tripled from about 6,000 students to 17,600."
Weaver said at Roanoke Elementary School, student population continues to grow at a steady rate with the campus experiencing a 15 percent student population increase in 2009, a 9 percent increase in 2011 and a projected 10 percent increase for 2012.
"In a couple of weeks, we expect to welcome 844 students at Roanoke Elementary, which is just shy of the building's optimal capacity of 850 students," she said. "A new school in the Roanoke area will relieve the student population growth at both Roanoke and Hughes elementary schools."
Roanoke City Manager Jimmy Stathatos said he appreciates that the district is staying on top of the growth and is pleased to see plans for a new elementary school.
"Northwest ISD is a tremendous district, and we are so excited that they're expanding their footprint in the city," Stathatos said. "Since Roanoke and the surrounding areas are experiencing such phenomenal growth, we appreciate their efforts to stay ahead of the curve."
Weaver said the school is set to open August 2013.