WYLIE, TAYLOR COUNTY - More than 400 new homes are now under construction or already planned in the Wylie Independent School District (WISD) said Joey Light, Wylie superintendent.
Enrollment the last five years on the first day of school has grown from 3,262 in 2009 to 3,803 in 2013.
Information from the Taylor County Central Appraisal District shows at least 200 new houses in the next 18 months in WISD. Taylor Electric Cooperative says there could be as many as 450 new houses in the next 18 months in WISD.
Some 140 houses could be built in the Sawgrass subdivision near the intersection of Oldham Ln. and FM 707 alone, according to Light.
Currently there are 1,003 students at Wylie High School, but officials said it could grow to at least 1,050 in fall 2014 and at least 1,100 in fall 2015.
The second new facility for WISD to be completed this year is expected to be ready in November for prekindergarten students.
The new $2.5 million facility is Phase I of the current construction project.
Phase II, which is scheduled to be completed summer 2014 at a cost of at least $2.3 million, will provide new facilities for kindergarten students.
A new $7 million middle school building for students in fifth and sixth grade was completed in August.