Port Neches-Groves to hear site location proposal for elementary school locations

Published 12:17 am Saturday, August 3, 2019

PORT NECHES — Trustees with Port Neches-Groves Independent School District were scheduled to hear, for the first time, possible site locations for four new elementary schools.

A meeting was called for 1 p.m. Monday at the administration building’s conference room, 620 Ave C. in Port Neches. That’s where CBRE/HEERY, the project manager, will present the board with information about the possible site locations and preliminary square footage based on a demographic study report of student enrollment, PNGISD Assistant Superintendent Julie Gauthier said.

Earlier this year, trustees unanimously approved exploring a bond election to be placed on the November 2019 ballot. This stems from previous talks of a possible bond back in 2015 where a facilities committee recommended reducing from six to four elementary schools — with two in Port Neches, two in Groves.

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Gauthier said if the proposal were approved the schools would be moved to sites centrally located on district owned property. But one campus — Taft Elementary, would not be rebuilt on site. Although the school is in PNGISD, it is located in the city of Port Arthur.

Trustees will have about a week to absorb the information; it’s set to be on the Aug. 12 agenda for approval. The last day to call for an election is Aug. 19.