HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Hays CISD said the district has grown by 930 students this current school year compared to exactly a year ago. It’s an increase that isn’t expected to stop anytime soon.
According to the district’s most recent demographic update, there’s an estimated increase ranging between 3.8% to 5.4% projected over the next nine years.
According to Hays CISD, the district currently has 22,250 students.
One of those students is Krystalyn Furgison’s son. She said they moved from south Austin to Buda to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
“We like the little small town feel of Buda,” Furgison said.
Her family is not alone.
“We’re about to be in a really fast growth pattern for the next 10 years,” Hays CISD spokesperson Tim Savoy said.
Based on the district’s enrollment forecast, Hays CISD is expected to enroll more than 25,500 students in the 2026-27 school year, and more than 32,500 students in the 2031-32 academic year.
The district said with that growth comes some growing pains, like building the infrastructure to accommodate it.
“Voters have already approved another elementary school. We just opened one this past August. We’ve got another one that’s approved that will open in 2024, and we’re probably looking at at least one more elementary school or more and then some space at our high school level for a May 2023 bond,” Savoy said.
More schools means more buses, but that’s become more expensive.
“Because of inflation and price increases, instead of getting 45 buses, it looks like we’re only gonna be able to get 41 buses,” Savoy said.
But Savoy said the growth is a good problem to have. Furgison welcomes it, and just hopes it doesn’t get too out of hand.
“I like it as long as it stays like a small town,” Furgison said.