As the New Braunfels Independent School District grows, so does the need for space for the district’s administration. With that in mind, the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees approved the purchase of property located at 1000 N. Walnut Ave. for $4.85 million. The decision, made at the board’s Oct. 17 meeting, gives the district a 26,036-square-foot building formerly owned and occupied by Wells Fargo.
On Oct. 5, the board approved the purchase of property at 1082 N. Walnut Ave., adjacent to the old Wells Fargo building. That property, 1.575 acres that includes a 12,000-square-foot building known as Seele Plaza, was purchased for $1.75 million.
“Due to continuous enrollment growth in NBISD, the NBISD Education Center has reached the maximum capacity for office space,” said Randy Moczygemba, NBISD superintendent of schools. “Over the years, meeting rooms have been converted into office space and the need for additional offices space still exists.”
The timeline for renovating the buildings and relocating some administrative offices will depend on existing leases for the buildings. New Braunfels ISD plans to occupy half of Seele Plaza first to make room at the Education Center for additional staff. The plans for the Wells Fargo building are in the initial planning phases. The district will evaluate the future needs of district staffing before beginning any renovations.
“We have walked the buildings with our architects and we are confident that the combination of this building with Seele Plaza will sufficiently serve the district for decades as we continue to grow. The opportunities are endless for NBISD’s use of these two new buildings and the future use of the Education Center,” added Moczygemba.
The New Braunfels ISD Education Center, located on Mill Street, was built in 1913 on the site of the original New Braunfels Academy and served as a high school. The building became an official Texas historic landmark in 1986.