How much will the district be paying for the land for the two new high schools?
The land for the east location is 180 acres and is $4.2 million.
The land for the west location is 105 acres and is $1.9 million.
Why is a high school not being built on the north side of Wichita Falls?
When looking for potential locations for both high schools, the WFISD Board of Trustees and administration developed criteria for land consideration.
100 acres of uninhabited land that was suitable for building (no pipelines, no power lines, no old industrial sites);
visibility to people entering/exiting Wichita Falls (on a major highway);
areas with the highest density of population
Based on that criteria, there were 6 sites on the north side of Wichita Falls and 9 sites on the south side of town that were considered. Of the 6 properties on the north side of town, only 1 property is within WFISD. The other 5 properties are within City View ISD. The remaining north side property was not a viable option because of accessibility, lack of visibility and its proximity to the airport.
WFISD has performed a demographic study that shows most of Wichita Falls' future growth will occur in the southwest part of the city. The schools that are currently on the southwest part of the city are at capacity.
When looking at WFISD's five newest facilities, there have not been any campuses built in District 3 - the area of town with the largest growth.
Career Education Center (District 2/east side) - 2017
Scotland Park (District 2/east side) - 2008
Southern Hills (District 4/southeast side) - 2008
West Foundation (District 1/west side) - 1995
Kirby (District 5/north side) - 1974
When looking at the campuses that have closed in the past 15 years, only one school (Sam Houston) is located in District 5. Sam Houston was located just north of Kell Boulevard in the central area of Wichita Falls. WFISD has not closed any schools on the north side of town in 20+ years.
Alamo (District 2) - closed 2014
Sam Houston (District 5) - closed 2014
Huey (District 2) [new elementary school built] - closed 2008
Fannin (District 2) - converted to Early Childhood Center in 2008
Bonham (District 4) [new elementary school built] - closed 2008
McGaha (District 4) [new elementary school built] - closed 2008