CISD Begins Construction on New Elementary School

Riley Mills, Alyssa Miera


Rylee Cherne

CISD officials break ground on the district’s newest elementary school, Heritage Hills.

Canyon Independent School District (CISD) hosted the official ground breaking for Heritage Hills Elementary School last Monday. 

Heritage Hills Elementary School is just the beginning of CISD’s expansion. The new elementary school will be built in Heritage Hills Subdivision, giving the school its name, Heritage Hills Elementary School. Students who attend this school will then go to Greenways Intermediate School, Westover Park Junior High School, and the new high school which will be located in the area near Helium Road and Arden Road.  

“Because we learned that the neighborhood will be developing at this location, this was an ideal place to build our school,” Superintendent Dr. Darryl Flusche said. Hillside Elementary is about two miles away (from where Heritage Hills Elementary will be built), and Hillside Elementary is going to be full.” 

Flusche met with Mayor Ginger Nelson to explain why the district needs these new schools. Flusche and Nelson visited the sites for the schools and discussed the district’s plan for the next 20 years.

“They can’t wait to build until they have those students,” Nelson said. “They have to have the buildings ready. That’s good leadership and good leadership anticipates what the needs are going to be.”

They have to have the buildings ready. That’s good leadership and good leadership anticipates what the needs are going to be.”

— Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson

These new developments may not have a major effect on today’s Raiders, but the future of CISD is further expansion which will bring a new high school scheduled to open in 2022, and change existing boundry lines.

“Our focus is getting the school built and get kiddos coming in,” President of the Board of Trustees Bruce Cobb said. “There’s just so much activity going on leading up to getting the school put into place and functioning.”

Architects and Structural Designers have been working on the plans for this project since the spring, but the idea of a new elementary school was originally set in motion in the Fall of 2018 when voters approved the CISD Bond which provided the funding.

“It takes years to put a project like this together,” Nelson said. “It is really important for us to have something to hope for and to work toward.”