Belton: District approves spending $106M for new high school

A rendering of the new high school. (Belton ISD)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Belton School Board approved spending $106 million for the district’s second high school Monday night and named Bartlett Cocke the general contractors.

The Belton School Board approved spending just more than $106.4 million for the district’s second high school Monday night and named Bartlett Cocke the general contractors.

“This is an exciting time for Belton ISD. The (Guaranteed Maximum Price) approved by the Board of Trustees fits within the bond program budget and provides a high school facility that will be in place in time to meet our growing student population needs.” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon.

The new school, near the intersection of Highway 317 and FM 2483, will help the district ease overcrowding at its only high school, Belton.

The $106 million price tag is lower than the $125 million voters approved for the school in 2017.

Currently, the district has nearly 3,300 students enrolled in its high school and expects that number to rise to 4,500 by 2023.

Lake Belton High School will be approximately 394,000 square feet and has been designed for 2,500 students.

“Construction projects of this size have a substantial impact on our local economy. A significant amount of the work on this project will be completed by local subcontractors, creating new jobs and a positive impact for many other local businesses,” said Board President Randy Pittenger.

Groundbreaking for the new school will be Thursday and the campus should be open to students by 2023.