BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Belton Independent School District officials and several students gathered Thursday to break ground on Lake Belton High School.
The 394,000-square-foot campus school, near the intersection of Highway 317 and FM 2483, will help the district ease overcrowding at its only high school.
Currently, the district has nearly 3,300 students enrolled in its high school and expects that number to rise to 4,500 by 2023.
Students helped unveil the logo for the new school, a bronco.
The campus will have baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and areas for career and technical education.
It's being built to accommodate 2,500 students.
"We have worked so hard to plan for the opening of the new comprehensive high school,” Superintendent Susan Kincannon said.
“It's a combination of five years of immediate planning but a very a much longer time of thinking about this future for Belton ISD.”
Templeton Demographics created projections for the district that showed new home sales in Belton have more than doubled since 2014.
In neighboring Temple, growth is also on the rise, especially west of Interstate 35.
Current district officials credit their predecessors who predicted the growth and helped plan ahead.
"They had a vision of growth they had a vision of taking care of our students they did the heavy lifting all through the years to get to this point," Kincannon said.
Lake Belton High School is expected to open for classes by the fall of 2020.