TOMBALL - As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, Tomball ISD celebrated the opening of two new facilities within the district with a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting event, highlighting the completion of Grand Oaks Elementary and the Tomball High School Ag Science Project Center.
Tomball ISD voters approved a $275 million bond referendum, known as Bond 2017, and both of these facilities were among the projects included in this bond package.
“We are extremely blessed to have a community that shares such passion for education and understands the importance of investing in our future growth as a District,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora said.
Emphasized at each Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was the overwhelming support by the Tomball community with representatives from LAN, Gilbane Construction, VLK, PBK and Sterling Structures as well as the Tomball ISD Board of Trustees, Executive Team, City of Tomball, Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and staff from GOES and THS.
“Opening a new facility is always a rewarding experience for everyone involved and I would be remiss if I didn’t applaud everyone in attendance for your efforts in making today a historic and memorable day for our District,” School Board President Michael J. Pratt said.
Grand Oaks Elementary is the 11th elementary school in Tomball ISD and 21st overall campus. Located within the Elmer and Dorothy Beckendorf Educational Complex, GOES sits on the corner of Grand Parkways/Hwy. 99 and Cypress-Rosehill Road.
GOES will serve students from Pre-K through 4th grade and is led by 2019-2020 Elementary Principal of the Year, Niesa Glenewinkel, formally at Creekview Elementary.
“We aim at providing the highest quality teaching and learning environment for our students and staff and this facility is a bold reflection of that commitment,” Salazar-Zamora said.
Tomball High School Ag Science Project Center is a new staple in the community that will provide a home for the Career & Technical Education students who are pursuing agricultural education as part of their overall educational experience in Tomball ISD.
“This is a state-of-the-art facility that was made possible by the overwhelming support of Bond 2017 by our community. It is always our goal to provide the best experiences we can offer for our students in a high-quality learning environment and this facility is just another example of that here in Tomball ISD,” Salazar-Zamora said.
The Ag Science Project Center is designed with classrooms for high-quality learning as well as provides accommodations for students’ livestock animals in preparation for the TISD FFA Project Show.
“Our FFA Project Show is one of the largest attended events in Tomball ISD each year, drawing support from local businesses, community stakeholders and alumni. It ultimately brings our community together to celebrate the hard work of our agricultural students each year and we are thankful we are able to provide another valuable resource for our students to pursue a passion in agriculture,” Pratt said.
Major Bond 2017 projects still under construction include the District Stadium/Community Center, Grand Lakes Junior High School, renovations to Tomball Memorial High School and Tomball Intermediate as well as the new aquatic center at TMHS.
Tomball ISD will begin the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, September 8 with students in face-to-face instruction as well as remote instruction through our Tomball Virtual School.
ABOUT TOMBALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 18,000 students at 21 campuses.