It's official: High school named 'Canyon Lake'
Board commits $41.5 million for new facility
In a 4 to 3 vote, the Comal Independent School District's board of trustees accepted a committee recommendation to name the new high school to be built north of Canyon Lake, Canyon Lake High School. It will join two other high schools in the school district, Canyon and Smithson Valley.
In recommending Canyon Lake High School to the school board, the committee said the name clearly identifies the location of the school; it unifies the communities surrounding the lake; and, it received the highest number of votes from students in the district.
The other two final school names recommended to the community and students for a vote were North Lake High School and Sorrel Creek High School.
After several meetings and reviewing all of the votes and information, the 18-member committee voted 10 to 8 to recommend Canyon Lake over Sorrel Creek.
In addition, community and student input was requested on the mascot and colors for the new school. The committee recommended "hawks" as the mascot and the colors of "hunter green" and "gold." They were unanimously approved by the school board.
In related action, the school board approved a guaranteed maximum construction price of $41.5 million to build Canyon Lake High School. Core facilities (i.e., library, commons) will be built for 2,000 students and classroom capacity will be built for 1,500 students. The school will include classroom space for co-curricular programs such as industrial technology and agricultural
The initial bid for the new high school came in at almost $48 million, or $6
million over budget. The board instructed administration to work with the architect, PBK, and the general contractor, Joeris, to not exceed $41.5 million. In
addition, future expansion of the school will be considered as the need for more space arises and all parties are to closely evaluate construction methods in order to keep costs down.
Groundbreaking for Canyon Lake High School will be held at 9 a.m. on
Tuesday, June 29. The school will be built near the intersection of FM 3424 and
RR 32 in northern Comal County. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place near the back of the property near the intersection of Monarch and Cash Lane in The Point subdivision off of FM 3424.
If all goes well, the school is scheduled to open in August, 2006. It will
alleviate overcrowding at Smithson Valley High School and provide space for future growth. Attendance boundaries have not been drawn for the new school
which was approved by voters in the 1999 bond issue.