Board approves design agreement for White Oak renovations, Dogwood Elementary construction progressing

The New Caney ISD Board of Trustees awarded a design/construction delivery method agreement for renovations at White Oak Middle School to Corgan Architects at its January regular meeting. White Oak will receive a pre-ag classroom addition as well as other updates. Also, Dogwood Elementary School, scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year, is approximately 65% complete overall. While structural steel, roofing, and the exterior walls are nearly completion, interior work is approximately 40% complete.


New Caney ISD hosts groundbreaking ceremony for Infinity Early College High School

New Caney ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 12 to celebrate the construction of the new Infinity Early College High School campus. The event highlighted the partnership and long-term vision of New Caney ISD and Lone Star College Kingwood to provide an early college high school for students. Graduates will not only obtain a high school diploma from New Caney ISD but also earn their two-year associates degree through Lone Star College Kingwood. 

Infinity Early College High School was created in 2013 and will graduate its first class of seniors this May. The graduating class was in attendance for the historical event along with district, college and community representatives. The campus will house grades 9-12 with students taking college courses each year.

The new Infinity Early College High School campus will be located at 26751 Sorters Rd. next to Lone Star College Kingwood. It will be approximately 47,000 square feet in size.

Board approves issuance for second installment of 2015 bond

The Board of Trustees authorized the issuance of school building and refunding bonds at its regular monthly meeting, December 12, 2016. Doug Whitt of SAMCO Capital Markets, the district’s financial adviser, presented the Board with an update of the plan of finance for the bond referendum approved by voters in May 2015. In June 2015, the Board authorized the first $90 million of the $173 million approved by voters. In December, the Board authorized the remaining $83 million.

Bond projects go through a design phase and a bid process before construction begins. The first phase of projects began in the summer of 2015 and the second phase began in the summer of 2016. First phase projects include additions at White Oak Middle School and Porter High School; the building of a new elementary school, an early college high school, and a district aquatic center; and technology infrastructure updates across the district. The first projects of phase two include renovations at New Caney Middle School, New Caney High School, and the construction of Elementary School #11. All three projects are in the design phase.


Elementary school #10 named Dogwood Elementary School at November Board of Trustees meeting

New Caney ISD Elementary School #10 was officially named Dogwood Elementary School at the Board of Trustees’ regular meeting Nov. 14. The school is currently being built at the site of Aikin Elementary School which closed at the end of the 2014-15 school year. Dogwood Elementary School will open for the 2017-18 school year. Construction at the campus is approximately 30% complete overall.

Dogwood Elementary School 
Dogwood Elementary School


Board approves construction contract for early college campus

The New Caney ISD Board of Trustees awarded a construction contract for Infinity Early College High School to Pepper Lawson Construction at its regular meeting this month. Design of the early college campus was completed at the end of the summer. NCISD Director of Facility Planning and Construction Richard Gates reported to the Board that the foundation for Elementary School #10 is complete. The parking lot is nearing completion and structural steel installation is approximately 75% complete. The school is approximately 22% complete overall. Also, work at Porter High School is approximately 20% complete. Structural steel installation and the additional parking area are complete. Roof work is approximately 40% complete.

Early College Design Drawing 
Elementary School #10
Elementary School #10
Porter High School


Elementary #10 foundation, parking lot nearing completion

NCISD Director of Facility Planning and Construction Richard Gates reported to the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting in September that construction of Elementary School #10 is proceeding on schedule. The school is approximately 18% complete overall. The building foundation and parking lot are both nearing completion while work on the structural steel is approximately 40% complete. Builders will be starting the exterior framing and rough interior work this month.

Elementary School #10
Elementary School #10

Also, renovations at Porter High School are approximately 18% complete overall with 100% of the foundation work for the classroom building addition and the agriculture facility complete. The aquatic center at the site of Texan Drive Stadium is approximately 10% complete, and excavation for the addition at Kings Manor Elementary is underway.

Porter High School
Porter High School
Aquatic Center
Kings Manor Elementary


Demographic update projects continued student enrollment growth

New Caney ISD ranked 3rd in percent student enrollment growth out of all districts in Texas larger than 10,000 students last year, according to the district’s latest demographic study. The study, conducted by Population and Survey Analysts, included the analysis of current student locations, potential growth based on new housing, trends occurring in student relocation patterns, and economic factors relevant to the district. The report included low, moderate, and high growth scenarios over a 10-year period. The moderate report projects approximately 5.2% annual growth on average over the next 10 years. The district has added more than 3,700 students over the last five years, realizing nearly 37% growth during that time.

  • The Houston Metro Area added 150,000 new residents in 2015 (1st in the nation) and more than 700,000 between 2010 and 2015. 
  • The Houston area added 23,000 jobs overall in 2015.
  • New Caney ISD ranked 17th in the state in number of students added from 2014-15 to 2015-16.
  • 52% of the district’s growth from Fall 2014 to Fall 2015 came from actively building subdivisions. 
  • NCISD ranks 14th out of 62 Houston Metro Area school districts for most housing starts in 2nd quarter 2016
  • Projected student enrollment by 2025 is between 21, 273 (low growth projection) and 24,726 (high growth projection).