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Lack of school construction angers Telfair homeowners
November 5th, 2010 6:53am
Those who have recently bought Houston homes in Telfair are upset that plans to build an elementary and high school in the area have not developed, and the proposed sites may soon house additional homes instead.
According to the Fort Bend Sun, Newland Communities has set aside a pair of plots for future school sites, but the Fort Bend Independent School District has never moved on the plans. Residents said that prospective buyers have been misled by developers saying that the schools were coming. Newland has now given the district until January 15 to decide whether it will purchase the land.
"When I moved in three and a half years ago, Newland said there was a five- to six-year window for when Telfair was supposed to get a new high school," resident Joellen Wall told the paper. "That was fine then because it wasn't an immediate need."
Residents told the paper that because the schools have not been built, existing schools are overcrowded. For example, the Cornerstone Elementary School, which was designed to hold 865 students, now has 970 students.
The influence of local schools has a significant effect on home prices across the country. Earlier this year, real estate agents told Move Inc. that the median home price in districts with good schools can be 10 to 28 percent higher than the statewide average.