Board approves plans for Little Elm High School expansion
By Ann Marie Shambaugh. Staff Writer
The Little Elm ISD School Board of Trustees got its first glimpse at a proposed addition to Little Elm High School and gave unanimous approval to continue the planning process.
The plan adds a two story wing to the south side of the building, a weight room to the north, as well as renovations to the locker rooms and broadcast classrooms.
“We’ve come up with a very good project that will work with the district’s needs,” Deputy Superintendent of Facilities and Planning Kent Crutsinger said.
The new wing would take up nearly 26,500 square feet and allow the maximum high school population to grow from 1,200 to 1,800. The preliminary project cost is estimated at more than $11 million.
SHW Group designed and presented the material at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night, and the same architect who designed the high school worked on the addition to provide continuity.
“We’re doing our very best to integrate this addition seamlessly,” architect Conrad Judge said. “You’re not aware of it being an addition.”
Although the addition will help with overcrowding in the short-term, Crutsinger said that the high school population could eventually reach 2,500. He told the board that this will not be the last time it must address this issue.
“You will have to look at some point which route you want to go in adding the final phase of the high school,” Crutsinger said.