More School Construction Underway in DFW

Little Elm
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Construction of Little Elm ISD’s seventh elementary school has begun, nearly two years after voters approved a $398.5 million bond package.

The two-story, 96,000-square-foot building includes a gym, a storm shelter, a cafetorium, a library, offices, classrooms, and a playground, according to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing. At an estimated construction cost of $40 million, it is the first school to be built through the bond program. The delivery date for the project is scheduled for August 2025.

In May 2022, voters authorized funding the construction of three elementary schools and a middle school, renovations and additions at Little Elm High School, technology upgrades, and other improvements across the district.

The seventh elementary school — Lakewood Village — is being built on Stowe Lane. The district announced in February that Kori Werth will move from Oak Point Elementary School, where she’s been principal since 2019, to Lakewood Village.

“She is a seasoned educator with a proven track record of leadership and dedication to student success,” Little Elm ISD Superintendent Mike Lamb said in the announcement. “As a strong instructional leader, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role. I have full confidence in Kori’s ability to inspire excellence and foster a supportive learning environment for our students, staff, and community.”

Little Elm is made up of 11 campuses in Denton County. Its student population is about 8,300.

The other elementary schools are Cesar Chavez, Dennis H. Brent, Hackberry, and Prestwick. The middle schools are Jerry R. Walker and Lowell H. Strike. Other campuses include an alternative learning center and the Herschel Zellars Early Childhood Learning Center.

Little Elm was rated “B” by the Texas Education Agency, with 43% of students scoring at grade level or above on the 2021-2022 STAAR exam. Nearly 94% of graduating seniors received their diploma within four years – above the statewide average of 90%.

For comparison, Dallas ISD received a “C” rating from TEA, with 41% of students scoring at grade level or above on the 2021-2022 STAAR exam. Nearly 20% of graduating seniors did not receive a diploma within four years.

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