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September 22, 2022

The Godley ISD Long Range Facility Planning Committee heard presentations on growth in district enrollment as well as a history on past bond initiatives during its third meeting on September 21, 2022, at Godley 6th Grade Campus.

Superintendent Dr. Rich Dear reported that enrollment continues to climb with the number of students increasing 67% over the last ten years, with 1,672 students enrolled in 2012 compared to just over 2,800 for the current school year.  Enrollment has increased an average of 7% annually but that growth rate could increase to 15% each year over the next few years.

Demographers predict that the district will add nearly 900 new students in the near future and 5,000 over the next ten years. The superintendent reviewed proposed regional transportation corridors, future commercial enterprises, and developing residential subdivisions with over 20,000 homes currently in the planning stage.

A 2015 bond program of $50 million included Phase 1 of the current high school, agricultural project center, and investment in technology.  The most recent initiative approved by voters in 2021 totaled $168.5 million for continued development of the high school campus (career and technical education center, competition gymnasium, fine arts wing), the new Pleasant View Elementary School, and other improvements.  Rising costs due to inflation and supply chain issues caused the reduced scope or postponement of several projects that will be included as priority items for a new bond proposal.

This meeting followed two sessions that launched the LRFPC’s discovery and planning process and focused on the vision for education in the school district, asking the question “What do we want for our kids at Godley ISD?”

During the second meeting on September 7, committee members participated in a Vision Board exercise where they reviewed a series of images for instructional settings as well as other images of spaces outside of classrooms.  During break-out discussions, small groups evaluated the images and noted pros and cons for each depiction of settings that included open-concept arrangements, a variety of seating options, virtual reality as well as other technology devices, and more.

At the opening session on August 31, discussions centered on a “yesterday, today, tomorrow” exercise for participants to examine topics including facilities, technology, infrastructure, academics, instructional delivery methods, traditions, and more.  Each team listed items - those from the past that should be discontinued, for today that are or should be implemented now, and for the future – and then reported out to the large group at the end of the meeting.

The facilities group includes a mix of parents, students, community members, and district staff numbering almost 60 strong.

The committee will hold several meetings over the fall and will develop recommendations for the school board to accommodate growth.  The group will consider needs for current campuses as well as future facility and infrastructure needs.

Pictured is Dr. Dear reviewing the enrollment data.