- Forney ISD
Growth Continues in Forney ISD
Forney ISD’s latest quarterly enrollment forecast is projecting a staggering 25,000 students by 2026, and 35,000 students by 2031 The report is based on the latest data of housing starts, inventory, land use and enrollment trends presented by leading demographer Zonda Education.
“Our growth is increasing each year. Just three years ago we were growing about 1,200 students every year. Now, we’re projected to grow over 2,400 students next year, and will more than double in size over the next 10 years, adding more than 20,000 students. We are building and expanding as fast as possible to accommodate our Forney Family,” Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry said.
In the February board meeting, Forney ISD announced equitable master plans that include 9th grade expansions for Forney High and North Forney High.
The 9th grade expansions will provide additional student capacity at both high schools while allowing small group settings for freshmen students as they transition into high school The two-story, 9th grade academic wings will be an extension of the high school campus and culture. Freshmen will attend classes and still have access to the extra curricular programs and services that are offered in high school.
Due to under budget 2019 bond construction projects, Forney ISD is also building elementary #10, adding a gym and tornado shelter to Rhea and Smith Intermediate campuses, and expanding the transportation hub at North Forney.
As a part of the November 2019 bond, the district opened three new schools last fall including Rhodes Intermediate, Jackson Middle, and Griffin Elementary. Two additional campuses, Willett Elementary and the new Johnson Elementary will open in Fall 2022. The Keith Bell Opportunity Central, which is a career, college and community center that also includes an early childhood center, broke ground last month, and is scheduled to open in 2023.
In 2019, Forney voters approved a $623,000,000 bond for new construction and district improvements. Construction has been underway the last two years utilizing a combination of bond funds, growth revenue, and savings to accommodate the district’s fast growing student population. Forney ISD will complete the projects from the 2019 bond referendum by Fall 2024.
For more information on Forney ISD’s fast growth, please visit www.forneyisd.net/growth to view the latest demographer projections.