Wichita Falls ISD approves designs for 2 new high schools before seeking bids
Wichita Falls ISD (WFISD) trustees approved updated schematic designs for two new high schools at their most recent meeting.
District staff will work with architects on design development and construction documents before WFISD advertises for bids to build the schools.
Wichita Falls ISD – new high school rendering
The two high schools will replace the three schools that are in use. Wichita Falls High School will be retired, and Rider High School and Hirschi High School will transition to middle schools. The new high schools are scheduled to open in fall 2024.
Both high schools will be 363,000 square feet with a student capacity of 1,900.
Two stories will house:
- Adaptable features that allow for varied group sizes, small group break-out spaces, expandable spaces, with mobile furniture and operable walls.
- Innovative flexible learning spaces that will create 22nd century learning opportunities for students.
- Technology integration that allows for a blended-learning environment.
In addition, trustees discussed a potential $13.59 million bond election for May 1 for construction of tennis courts, three practice fields, and an eight-lane track at the high schools. If that were to pass, the district would likely fund the construction of competition baseball and softball fields at the high schools for $4 million, which would not be included in a bond proposition.
Voters in November 2020 approved a $276.42 million proposition for land acquisition and construction of the two high schools but rejected a similar proposition for athletic facilities.