The NBISD Board of Trustees and Administration hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on May 24 for the replacement campus of New Braunfels High School. The ceremony was held on the current practice field that is the future site of the new building which will be built adjacent to the existing campus.
The ceremony included speaking remarks by NBISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Largent, NBISD Board President Eric Bergquist, and NBISD Director of Construction Services Mark Liggett. The event concluded with a ceremonial shoveling of the dirt with several students from Oak Run Middle School in attendance along with the project team comprised of the construction company, architects and engineers.
This project is being funded under the 2021 bond program, but only includes funding for Phase 1 of Phase 2 of the whole replacement project.
“When the voters passed this bond in November of 2021, it was overwhelmingly supported by more than 60 percent of the voters,” said Dr. Jim Largent, NBISD Interim Superintendent. “That bond campaign was the largest to date and was crafted to ensure that the next generation of students have equitable facilities for decades to come.”
Phase 1 will include a three-story classroom wing with state-of-the-art Career and Technical Education classrooms, general education classrooms, a new commons area, and library.
According to Liggett, this phase constructs a 196,000-square-foot structure that was designed to advance the education experience while maintaining the history of the school and community.
The project is projected to be completed by the fall of 2025. Next year, while the new school is under construction, the campus will remain open and continue to serve 10th-12th graders from across the district.
In the fall of 2024, the school will still be under construction and for the first time in more than a decade will serve grades 9th-12th.
This is being coordinated in conjunction with the opening of the district’s second high school – Long Creek High School. In August 2024, Long Creek will open and house only 9th and 10th graders. Each subsequent year, a grade level will be added until the construction on that campus is completed in time for the 2025-2026.
For more information about the bond programs and construction updates, visit nbisdbond.com.