CONSTRUCTION FAQS

Hunters Creek will soon get a NEW SCHOOL!

On November 7, 2017, Spring Branch citizens voted to pass an $898.4 million 2017 Bond package to improve our school district. As part of the 2017 Bond, Hunters Creek was promised a new school. For specific details about the Bond, click here:  https://www.springbranchisd.com/bond2017/

When do we get our new school?
We still don’t know many of the specifics for the design, demolition and rebuilding of our school but do have a timeline:

SCHOOL YEAR  ACTION
 2018 – 2019  Design process begins in the 1st quarter of 2019
 2019 – 2020  Move to the South Transition Campus (STC) over the winter break
 2019 – 2020  Demolition and Construction begin in the 1st quarter of 2020
 2020 – 2021  Construction continues and we are at the STC this full school year
 2021 – 2022  Scheduled completion is in the 3rd quarter of  2021
 2021 – 2022  Summer break before this school year we move back in – first year in the new building

What will the new school look like?
We don’t know yet! But we get to help decide. The district is working on planning, scheduling and timing right now and then will move on to hiring. Once the district team has chosen its architects, they will put together a Hunters Creek campus design team, which will include parents of HCE students, neighbors who live around the school, community representatives, etc.

What do I need to do if I want to be involved in the redesign of the new school campus?
A Project Advisory Team (PAT) will be chartered for our new school design and construction. The PAT is an advisory ad hoc committee, representing the various stakeholders of our school community. The PAT is chartered for a defined purpose and time and holds no statutory authority. The goal of the PAT is to ensure that parents, staff and community members have the opportunity to take part in the planning and design of the new school. The PAT members will serve as communicators to and from the community during the schematic design and development phases of the project and participate in discussions that will lead to recommendations. The PAT concludes its work once construction begins.

Membership:
-Campus Principal
-Campus Improvement Team in good standing at the time the PAT is launched
-Assistant Principal
-PTA President
-2 parents drawn by lottery
-2 staff members drawn by lottery
-1 representative from each Home Owners Association served by the school
-1 representative from Hunters Creek Village
-1 local business representative

This is a high level overview of the PAT’s charge. More to come later. We don’t have a timeline yet for creating our PAT.  Stay tuned!

 Where will the students go while the campus is under construction?

During the construction phase, Hunters Creek students will transfer to the South Transition Campus near Westchester Academy for International Studies (basically Yorkchester and I-10 just west of the Beltway). Bus transportation will most certainly be available to drive our children to the temporary campus. School start time may even change. There will be much more communication on this as we get closer to the construction phase.

How long will construction take?
Anywhere from a year to 18 months.

Will we have to raise any money for the new campus?
In the Bond plan there is an estimated cost for each school based on square footage and the market.  In the last Bond PTAs were able to fund upgrades and extras beyond what the Bond plan provided.  We have begun talking to other schools that have been through a redesign to learn from their experiences. The most recently constructed elementary school in our district is Rummel Creek. They raised roughly $500,000 for their new campus! Meadow Wood, Valley Oaks and Frostwood are also relatively new if you want to get an idea about other school campus construction projects in our area.  So once we begin to decide fabulous “extra” things that we may be able to fund like a super awesome playground, cool science features, outdoor learning spaces, or artistic enhancements, we will pretty quickly have to figure out how to pay for our upgrades! Please be thinking about corporations and business who may be willing to partner with us in making our school exceptional. If you are personally interested in assisting with a capital campaign, please email Kristi Thibaut at ksthibaut@yahoo.com.

FUN FACT: Hunters Creek Principal Robye Snyder was the principal at Meadow Wood when they built their new campus. So she is experienced at this and will be able to give us guidance as we navigate the process.

More Questions??
There are so many things that we don’t and can’t know yet. We will do our best to keep this site updated as we learn concrete dates and specific updates. We share in your excitement. We also understand there is a measure of uncertainly and even anxiety about the “transition” phase. But rest assured that our principal has been through a similar process and can attest that it’s completely manageable. And we can all agree that this will be a really great – and much needed – opportunity to improve our campus and neighborhood. We hope we can count on your support in the exciting year(s) ahead. And feel free to reach out to the PTA President, Jennifer Daly, at jajdaly@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns that have not been addressed.