CHINA SPRING - Hammers resound throughout a China Spring neighborhood as construction workers build homes off of Tree Lake Dr.
Construction has become a staple of China Spring neighborhoods as families flood into the area looking for affordable homes in the well-performing China Spring Independent School District.
And while China Spring Superintendent Marc Faulkner said he welcomes the growth, if it continues at its current rate, the district likely will issue a new bond to build more schools within the next few years.
China Spring ISD has four campuses: its elementary school, intermediate school, middle school and high school.
Enrollment sits at about 2,600 students, and a recent demographic study for the district projects it will grow to 3,900 students by 2026, a 50 percent increase in ten years.
Between 2010 and 2015, the district’s enrollment grew by less than 8 percent.
The majority of homes in China Spring ISD are on single-family lots and range between $150,000 and $180,000, according to the City of Waco.
At least ten housing developments in the district are under construction, according to the demographic study.
Waco’s inspection department reports issuing 1,254 building permits for single-family homes since 2013.
The number of permits issued each year crept up by about 4 percent between 2013 and last year, from 366 to 380.
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