Westfield, Texas — Westfield High school, the oldest in Texas, will receive $800 million in taxpayer funds from the state’s new high school fund, which will be used to build a $1 billion campus for high school students, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
The announcement comes in the midst of a massive push by Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott to fund the high school as a high-performing magnet school, and is an opportunity for Westfield to showcase the state as a model for the nation.
The $1 million will help build the campus that will house over 300 students from over 40 high schools in the city of Westfield and will provide an alternative high school experience to the state-run Westfield Central High School.
Westfield is located on the west side of Houston and serves students from all over the state, including from Westchester County, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and parts of Texas.
The state also has a large magnet school system, which offers students from other parts of the state a chance to attend high schools that are more accessible.
The Westfield School District announced the new fund in December, when it announced that it would invest $600 million in the district to upgrade and modernize the high schools.
“The Westfield HS is the only high school in Texas that has received the $1,000,000 award to help it open up and grow, and now we are excited to be the first to receive the additional funding to expand our education and offer students the opportunity to become a part of Westfields world-class community,” Westfield Superintendent Michael Deutsch said in the release.
The announcement comes on the heels of an earlier announcement by Gov.
Abbott in January that the state would be investing $2 billion over three years in high schools and other school facilities.
It was one of several high-profile announcements made by the governor and Abbott to support schools that offer more opportunity for students from underserved areas, like the Lone Star State.
In December, the state of Texas awarded $5.8 million in funding for Westfields high school district, a $600,000 increase from the previous $1-million allocation, and $500,000 in additional funding for schools that perform better academically.