ALLEN, Texas – Allen High School football players could be blitzing, buttonhooking, and bootlegging in a new $60 million football stadium as early as the fall 2012. The new stadium is just one of many additions to the school district of this burgeoning north Dallas community.
Residents of the city recently approved funds for the new 18,000-seat stadium as part of a $119 million bond package that was passed in May 2009. The bond also set aside about $23.3 million for a new performing arts center and $36.5 million for a transportation and maintenance facility.
Home to approximately 5,000 students in 9th through 12th grades, the schools is one of the largest of its kind in the state. The city has seen unprecedented growth over the last two decades.
“We’ve been growing continually since the mid-90s,” says Tim Carroll, public information director for the Allen Independent School District.
When Carroll started working for the district 15 years ago, it supervised nearly 6,900 students, he says. Today, it educates approximately 18,000 students.
“We’re averaging [construction of] about one new elementary school per year for the last several years,” Carroll says about the district, which now boasts 15 elementary schools.
With residential growth just about maxed out for the city, says Carroll, the district is building out its facilities in unison, providing renovations and expansions where needed.
Last year’s $119 million bond came fresh on the heels of a $219 million bond approved just six months earlier.