Where Could HPISD Put a New School?

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  • JohnG

    Just to stick up for Coffee Park, I must report that it is my kids’ favorite. I prefer Abbott ever so sligthly but even I give the number 1 nod to Coffee if it has rained recently. Also – land use is a very complex issue with no single silver bullet solution. For example, take duplexes (is that the proper plural of duplex?). Duplexes aren’t new and aren’t necessarily a problem – They have been around in UP for quite some time, e.g. my previous 1947 on Normandy. Many an original duplex has been converted to single family, and many of the new ones are occupied by SMU students who don’t have kids to send to HPISD. Also, to a certain degree a broader mix of housing stock can add to the desirablility of a commmunity, overall property values and tax base.

  • Neal

    Unless I missed it, I am really surprised no one mentioned the Dallas Country Club golf course between Mockingbird and McFarlin. Not all of it, obviously. A city block-sized tract is all that is needed, probably at the intersection of Golf and McFarlin with the main entrances and exits on Golf. There would be a huge eminent domain fight with DCC, but no one would be put out of their home or deprived of their investment property, and neither of the two cities would need to give up a park. The purchase price would essentially be lot value. And the site has the advantage of being undeveloped. The designers could come up with an entirely new concept that would minimize traffic and make the most of the space. There could be a parking lot on the school property instead of the streets. Plus the geographic location is perfect – more or less equidistant to all the existing elementary schools.

  • Avid Reader

    @Neal, Someone mentioned something about DCC earlier, though not as detailed. There would be a bigger legal fight over DCC than Coffee park and probably even Caruth for that matter. Also, I’m sure all the members are stock holders of some kind and making the course a few holes short of 18 would probably deprive them of their investment.

  • 1st anon

    Other ideas:
    – Burleson Park
    – eminent domain over apartment complexes
    – apartment complex just north of Germany Park, across University Blvd.
    – Planning and zoning should increase the grass-to-concrete ratio, thus decreasing the size McMansions, and therefore the room for kid expansion
    – HPISD residents should support the idea of a separate “White Rock Independent School District”, which would take the pressure off of the desire to move to HPISD
    – pay us to leave. Cut us a check for the same expense-per-student, and I’ll either home school or find a private school. For that matter, every year, we get an email from Grapevine ISD asking us to come to their school district (yes, it’s legal to live in HPISD and go to another district if they have open enrollment)
    – turn the HP city hall temp location permanent, and turn the existing location into a school
    – Cut out the Youtube videos, ranting on by the teachers about their favorite football team, and other time-wasters, and make an efficient 4-hour education-filled school day. Hey, no cafeteria needed! My kids will take the morning shift, thank you.