The Prosper Independent School District will make its final payment on its sixth elementary school, Windsong Ranch Elementary School, at the end of this month. The school, which opened for the 2016-17 school year, was built using prior bond money, said Assistant Superintendent of Business & Operations Michael Goddard.
“We are estimating a savings of around $1 million dollars from the projected costs, due to some great decision making by the builders and PISD construction staff,” Goddard said in an email.
Windsong Ranch Elementary is the first school to open in the Windsong Ranch development located 2.5 miles west of the Dallas North Tollway off U.S. 380. Windsong Ranch is supposed to house one more elementary school and one middle school.
At the last school board meeting in January, Goddard told the board there was a remaining balance of about 6 percent left on the school, and anticipated that he would not have to update the board on the progress of the school payments for much longer.
Windsong Ranch cost PISD $20,688,458.42, according to the PISD board report investment summary, saving the district $1.3 million. Goddard said PISD’s budget continues to stay on track.
“With uncertainty from the State in regards to school funding we continue to monitor to be able to adjust as needed to make sure we provide the needs of the students and staff at the exceptional level they have been,” Goddard said in the email.
Prosper Press Managing Editor Miranda Wilcox contributed to this report.