International Leadership of Texas (ILTexas), a free public charter school network, on Thursday, Sept. 9, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new ILTexas Brigadier General Ramirez K-8 campus south in the Santa Fe community south of Plum Grove, Texas.
The groundbreaking ceremony featured traditional Chinese Lion dances and more than 30 students from the ILTexas Marine Corps JROTC. Abner Lyons, community liaison for District 142 State Representative Harold Dutton, was also in attendance and presented a certificate and a flag that was flown over the State Capitol to the new campus principal, Coral Martinez. A staff member from the office of State Representative Ernest Bailes (District 18) also participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.
ILTexas BG Ramirez K-8 will begin serving students in the 2022-2023 school year and be home to 1,416 scholars. In addition to the ILTexas BG Ramirez K-8, ILTexas will also open a second kindergarten through eighth-grade campus and a high school in the 2023-2024 school year. Both K-8 campuses will serve 1,416 students, and the high school will serve 1,200 students.
Eddie Conger, founder and superintendent of ILTexas, said the location for the new campus was picked based on the unprecedented growth that is being experienced within Cleveland ISD.
“This area was selected because there was some outreach from the Texas Education Agency saying that Cleveland ISD had super-growth and TEA was looking for options for the students and parents in this area,” Conger told Bluebonnet News.
In May 2021, Conger paid a visit to the community and met with some of the stakeholders, who showed enthusiastic support for the project.
“We applied for the expansion with the State and it was approved. The owners of the land have been very, very supportive in our mission to provide a different option for the students,” he said.