The 2018-2019 school year has begun for students and parents in the Ysleta Independent School District. A new year brings a new excitement, new opportunities to succeed, and for some, a new school to call home.
As part of the 2015 Bond program, YISD opened two new campuses this fall.
The new Thomas Manor Elementary School opened its doors on the first day of school to students in the Riverside area. The $28-million campus is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms, collaboration spaces, and computer labs aimed at facilitating modern instruction for students. The new school is a consolidation of the former Thomas Manor and Cadwallader elementary schools.
Bel Air Middle School also opened its doors for the first time to more than 800 students. The school, which is a consolidation of the former Hillcrest and Ranchland Hills middle schools, includes STEM laboratories, innovative classrooms, and fine arts and athletics facilities.
In addition to the new schools, LeBarron Park and Lancaster elementary schools opened new kitchen and cafeteria facilities at their respective campuses. The upgraded spaces not only provide students with an enhanced meal experience, but gives the schools the flexibility to host various events.
As the district celebrates the opening of new facilities, work continues on the final projects of Bond 2015. Among them are the new Fine Arts Wing at Ysleta High School, renovations at Parkland High School for STEM and Early College High School classes, as well as lifecycle upgrades at most of the other campuses in the district.
Fall 2019 will see many new facilities open, including the new Eastwood High School. As the largest project of the bond, the $93 million campus will feature a three-story academic wing, upgraded athletics facilities, and new administration offices.
Also opening that fall will be the new Mission Valley Elementary/Del Valle Middle Combination School. The $87 million project is a consolidation of Valley View and Camino Real middle schools, as well as Mission Valley Elementary School. Each school will have separate entrances, administration offices, and classrooms, but will share kitchen, fine arts, and athletics facilities to maximize the economies of scale.
Construction of the new Bel Air High School Sports Complex will mark the successful completion of the 2015 Bond. The three-level facility will have a pit-style gymnasium 20 feet below the street surface. The concourse area will feature a Hall of Champions that highlight Highlander student-athletes that went on to have successful college and professional careers. The third floor will include another full-size gymnasium, indoor track, dedicated gymnastics space, dance rehearsal hall, and weight room. The new complex is slated to open in January 2020.