Timber Academy HS Planning To Grow After CSISD Bond Passes

COLLEGE STATION, Texas An alternative College Station high school is set to get a new home after voters recently approved an $83.5 million bond election.

Moving Timber Academy to where the College Station Conference Center currently sits is one of the projects on the docket.

News 3 explored why the school needs more space to accommodate its students.

Graduation Pomp and Circumstance line the halls of Timber Academy High School in College Station on a Monday in November.

Kadijah Benson has attended this alternative high school the past three months finishing up her last class.

"I had only one more credit to go and it just got through it really fast, and trying to get away ready to go to college," she said.

Timber Academy is for anyone who lives in the district and is self-paced so some of the students finish before traditional May graduation.

Students get more one on one attention and class sizes are smaller.

"Is that for the auction also? That's gonna sell right away," said Principal Margie Martinez.

Martinez showed us the cramped art room where creative projects were going on at once from t-shirt designs, yearbook, to even decorating a ceiling tile for social studies.

"It's very tight. At 57 students now, so yes we are tight. 50 we handle, we're pretty crowded at 50 but 57 is. And they're still applying every week, we take a couple more," she explained.

They'd like to allow many more students but there isn't the space.

The social studies room was also the place for P.E.; Wii Tennis.

The school district is in negotiations to buy College Station's Conference Center next door which has been condemned due to structural problems.

The plan is to tear it down and build a $15.5 million facility and raise enrollment to 150 plus after that.

"We're very thankful that the bond past and we're looking forward to what the future is gonna bring for us for sure. A bigger place to hold school," said Margie Martinez.

"Timber's awesome. Come to Timber," encouraged Kadijah Benson.

Success stories the school district hopes more students will someday enjoy.

District officials say it could take two to three years for the new Timber Academy campus to be completed.

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