West University Elementary School is adding more temporary buildings to their campus in preparation for the upcoming school year.
Two temporary buildings were transported and placed on the campus on Monday. The West U Police Department helped locate the owners of vehicles parked in front of Little Matt’s and the Xavier Learning Academy so that the temporary buildings could be transported down Goode Street.
The West U Building and Standards Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment recently signed off on a variance request from the Houston Independent School District to allow five temporary transportable classrooms on the West U Elementary campus for up to five years.
The variance request renewed three portable classrooms that the school currently has on their campus and an additional two temporary classrooms for a total of five buildings.
A year ago, the BSC and the ZBA approved a variance request for two additional portable classrooms to be placed on the campus.
The buildings will be used as classrooms during the upcoming school year. Principal John Threet told the BSC that enrollment is going to increase over the next five years before leveling off in 2016.
Threet told the BSC that the school is not bringing in any students outside of West U and the only other option is to have HISD relocate West U resident’s children to other schools outside of the city.
The school district does not have plans to expand West U Elementary by building an addition at this time, he said.
Some concerns were raised about enrollment because of new apartment complexes being built along Bissonnet, just outside of West U. Threet said while he’s concerned about the new developments, it’s his understanding that the apartment complexes are geared toward younger people.