Comal ISD moves proposed high school location

Some Comal ISD taxpayers tell KENS 5 they are concerned about the location of a new high school recently approved in a bond election.

NEW BRAUNFELS - Angry voters worry they’ve been deceived.

Some Comal ISD taxpayers tell KENS 5 they are concerned about the location of a new high school recently approved in a bond election.

They say the school district led voters to believe it was going to go up off I-35 and Hubertus where a new middle school is currently under construction.

But now the district is buying land off FM 3009 and Schoenthal near Garden Ridge with plans to build the high school there.

"We want them to reconsider putting a high school on the 3009 location," Garden Ridge resident Gerry Franklin said.

Franklin says the district's information to voters about the proposed high school never mentioned FM 3009 as a possible location. Even though she says documents show the district intended to put a school there months before the election.

"You changed horses in the middle of the stream, stick to your plan and build it out on Hubertus where there's plenty of room for parking, football fields, you're not going to impact traffic," Franklin said.

"The traffic is already here," Denise Fox, who lives in Georg Ranch next to the proposed site, said.

"We are just not looking forward to what would go in there if it's not a school," Fox said.

Comal ISD leaders said they've been as up front as they can be about the school's location change.

"When you're a school district and start advertising that you're looking for land, sometimes that can cause the price to go up so we have to be very thoughtful about our processes we go through purchasing land," said Steve Stanford, Comal ISD spokesman.

Stanford said it is constantly looking for new land to buy as the need for new schools continues to grow.

As for the property on Hubertus, the land once designated for a high school will likely become home to an elementary school.

Stanford said the district will work with neighbors throughout the process.

"As we go through the design process we're going to look at placing the school on the property in a manner that's going to have the least impact on the neighboring development," said Stanford.

One thing everyone can agree on is that there is a need for a new high school in the area.

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