Rapid growth for Tomball ISD

March 6, 2015 - New schools will soon welcome students in Tomball. With rapid growth in the area also comes several challenges.  This story comes to us from our partners with the Community Impact Newspaper Tomball, Magnolia edition.

The final touches are being put up at Creekside Elementary in the Woodlands. It's one of four school about to open in Tomball ISD.  Liza Winkler the Tomball, Magnolia editor has been covering the rapid growth in the area.

"For the next five years they're anticipating 3700 new students to come to the district. Obviously with the new schools they're building right now that will help accommodate those students. Three of those new schools are expected to open in August and then another is expect expected next August 2016," Winkler said.

With the growth comes a few challenges. Lawmakers are proposing increasing homestead exemption. It's good news for home owners.

"You could pay taxes on a home worth a $100,000 as if it were worth 75,000, so that could definitely save a tax payer money," Winkler said.

But administrators worry it could impact students.

"School districts are kind of seeing it as hey we have less taxable money that could be coming into our district. Because of our tax base that's where we get a lot of our money from," Winkler said.

In the bigger picture, those with Community Impact say with growth comes bigger and better opportunities.

"It means new facilities, renovations at existing schools and just finding ways to benefit education for students. I think that's the goal across the board of administrators," Winkler said.

Read the full story here: http://impactnews.com/houston-metro/tomball-magnolia/tomball-isd-presents-updates-on-new-school-construction,-bon/

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