Van Alstyne continues to see growth
VAN ALSTYNE, Texas (KTEN) — Van Alstyne continues to see growth throughout the city, and their school district is growing with a new high school to go along with an increase in housing permits.
"We plan on 250 for the entire year, and we're probably going to end up with 500 new permits this year for single-family residential homes, said Van Alstyne City Manager Lane Jones.
The city is expecting to see this trend continue.
"We're anticipating 1,000 lots will be built upon next year," Jones said. "Depending on interest rates, how quickly those build up, the homes will have to be seen, but we're anticipating another big growth next year."
As new homes and more people come to Van Alstyne, the school district is planning for the influx.
"Our facilities are not going to be able to hold the new kids that are coming, so this is just the first step in building our infrastructure in order to supply the needs of the kids for today and tomorrow," said Van Alstyne Independent School District Superintendent Dr. David Brown.
While the existing high school nears capacity, the elementary and middle schools aren't far behind.
"By opening up this new building, it will allow us to transition our seventh and eighth grade to our high school, and our fifth and sixth grade to the middle school, and add 20 percent capacity back into our elementary as we plan for growth in the third elementary," Brown said.
Phase one of the new high school will include athletic areas, agriculture facilities and more. Construction is expected to begin on Thursday, with the timetable for completion in the the fall of 2024.