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Artist’s rendering of Anna ISD’s new administration building | Image by WRA Architects

The construction of a new Anna ISD administration building is scheduled to begin this year after voters approved a nearly $800 million bond proposition in November 2022.

That package also included funding for the construction of three elementary school campuses, two middle schools, a high school, and a district support center, as well as expansions at Anna Middle School and Anna High School. The administration building, at 38,000 square feet, is projected to cost $23 million, according to a state filing. It has an anticipated delivery date of March 2025.

WRA Architects of Dallas is the design firm listed in the filing.

“Anna ISD’s new administration building is designed to be the marquee for the district,” according to the firm’s website. “With one wing housing all administrative departments, the second wing will house multiple professional development rooms and a board room that seats around 100 people with a board member ensuite. The main lobby serves as the primary access point.”

Primarily a stone and brick structure, WRA will use different paneling systems to create “a calm ambiance.” The company describes the board room as “a 1.5-story volume, which creates a hierarchy around the site and allows users to embrace the importance of this space.”

Munichain News reported last summer that Anna faces “rapid growth” and that within five years, the student population is expected to increase by almost 8,000. The district’s student capacity, Munichain reported, is 6,000. According to its website, more than 5,000 students attend the district’s eight campuses — four elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one alternative education center.

Anna is in Collin County, about 40 miles north of Dallas. Its population is around 27,300.

During the 2021-2022 school year, some 47% of Anna ISD students scored at grade level on their STAAR exams, and 92.4% of its graduating Class of 2022 earned a diploma in four years. For comparison, only 41% of Dallas ISD students scored at grade level, and nearly 20% of its graduating Class of 2022 failed to graduate on time.

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