As the town of Peaster — yes, it has been a town now for a couple years — continues to grow, additions and changes must be made to keep up with that growth.
With the school district being the largest business entity, it is also the main focus of said growth in the Parker County town located about 10 miles northwest of Weatherford.
Officials in the town of around 500 say projections show the Peaster school district will grow by approximately 5% in the coming year, and will see as many as 500 new students in the next 10 years.
So, the Peaster ISD board of trustees has called a $16 million bond election to address growth and add facilities for extracurricular programs. The proposal addresses a new fifth-and-sixth-grade wing, an auxiliary gym and a new athletics field house.
Regular voting for the election is May 4.
The new wing, which is projected to cost about $11 million, would be a new two-story addition that would equal 26,000 feet and accommodate 300 additional students. There will be 12 classrooms, a multipurpose library addition, a teacher planning room and storage and additional restrooms.
The gym would cost approximately $3 million and would seat 500 people. It would be used by the seventh and eighth grade PE classes, volleyball, basketball, cheerleaders and a future drill team.
The field house would cost approximately $2 million, and would include a weight room, locker rooms, showers and a training room. There would also be space for two classrooms, officers and additional storage. The football, baseball, softball, track and field, health classes, sports medicine and visiting teams would also use this facility.
In 2017 Peaster voters rejected a bond proposal that included a new stadium for the football program. Last year they approved a $5.95 million election that included a variety of work throughout the school district, including adding bleachers in the existing football field.