Future Lake Belton Broncos applauded their newly revealed logo Thursday at the groundbreaking for a new high school on FM 2483.
Lake Belton High School — Belton Independent School District’s second comprehensive high school — is scheduled to open in 2020. The school, located at the junction of FM 2483 and State Highway 317, will serve the West Temple area.
The groundbreaking was attended by current and past school board members and superintendents, other local officials, and elementary and middle school students who may attend the new high school in the future.
“We’re here to celebrate our Big Red community,” Randy Pittenger, outgoing board president, said. “This is a capstone for me and for all of us. … We’re here for our students.”
Pittenger said the district’s board of trustees’ presidents from the past 39 years were all in attendance.
Lake Belton Middle School seventh-grader Sophie Starnes said she is excited about going to the new high school some day, although she was a little sad to learn she would never attend Belton High. Sophie, 12, likes the new Bronco logo.
“I like it. It’s really cool,” Sophie said.
Pittenger thanked Temple representatives for maintaining good infrastructure in the area, and spoke about the controversy that surrounded the decision to build a new school.
“They said it couldn’t be done,” he said. “They said it would cost too much and it would divide the community.”
Superintendent Susan Kincannon spoke about the process of choosing this time and location to add a new high school to the district and the need for more space for a growing student population.
“By the time the first class graduates from Lake Belton High School in 2023, Belton ISD will have approximately 4,500 high school students,” she said.
Former board member Bill Stanford spoke about the history of Belton ISD, and how the board had to deal with growth when he served in the 1980s.
“The growth of this school district really started in the late ’70s, and there were some individuals in the school administration who were visionary, who guided us through the ’80s and the ’90s to make sure we took care of the kids,” Stanford said.
Stanford particularly praised former Superintendent Joe Pirtle, who was present. He also spoke about the controversy that faced earlier growth decisions, such as building Lakewood Elementary School.
“Building that elementary school outside the city limits of Belton … all of us on the board were threatened with being lynched,” he said.
Students from Lake Belton Middle School and High Point Elementary came up to help with the unveiling of the new logo — a silver Bronco rearing up on its hind legs. Kincannon thanked all those who helped come up with the logo design, including Bill Woodward of Woodward Creative Group.
“He has done an outstanding job of capturing the essence of Belton ISD,” Kincannon said. “We love the new design.”