Construction Update: New Caney High School #3 Site Going Green and Gray

South of Kingwood’s HCA Medical Center, contractors have made slow but steady progress on the site for New Caney High School #3 between Sorters-McClellan Road and US59. I reported last November that they were pouring concrete. They still are. But there’s a lot more of it on the ground of the 80+ acre site. About half of the site is now covered with gray concrete. However, the most striking feature is the intensely green detention pond. The grass lining it looks more like a thick blanket of neon green faux fur.

Photos Taken on 3/19/2021

Looking east across the southern part of the site at the large detention pond. Grass in such ponds reduces erosion. The erosion can clog ditches, streams and rivers; and contribute to flooding. US59 cuts through the top of the frame. For orientation, note the Lowes Store in the upper left.
Looking south toward the San Jacinto River, which is out of sight above the top of the frame. Sorters-McClellan Road cuts through the upper right of the frame. Approximately half the site is now covered in concrete. Playing fields will eventually occupy the area to the left.
Looking NE from the northernmost part of the site. US59 cuts diagonally through the upper right of the frame. Note HCA Medical Center and Insperity in the distance at Kingwood Drive.
Artists rendering of New Caney High School #3, looking east. The main entrance of the school will face Sorters-McClellan Road; the playing fields will face US59.
General plan for New Caney High School #3. North is to the left.

School to Open in Fall 2022

The NCISD Board of Trustees approved an award of construction contract on May 18 for New Caney High School #3 to Gamma Construction. Gamma should finish construction in time for 2022-23 school year. 

New Caney ISD’s enrollment grew 31 percent between 2011 and 2016. That ranked NCISD first in the greater Houston area and fourth in the state for percentage enrollment growth. Eventually, the high school will hold 2,250 students. However, the school will open with only 1,350.

Construction in the District has already caused a realignment of school zones. To see if your student will be affected, see this New Caney ISD web page.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 3/25/2021

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