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With the passing of summer break, the days grow shorter and the focus shifts to the new school year. Many parents seek to provide their children with one of the finest educations that money can buy outside of private school, in an environment that is safe and perfect for developing minds. Crandall is proud to provide families one of the best school districts in the State of Texas – the Crandall Independent School District. With eight campuses, over 4,500 students, and a great approach to education, CISD has been the first choice for many families who live in Kaufman County. So what’s going on at the Best School In Texas? Here’s what parents should know for their students to have a successful school year.

The Crandall Independent School District was created on February 28, 1901 when residents gathered together to vote for a public school in the community. Two years later, the first building in the Crandall ISD was built. Over a hundred years later, the district has grown and its teachers have impacted the lives of thousands of students, and continues to educate and empower students intellectually, socially, and physically from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade.

The district has a Transparency Star designation from the Texas Comptroller for financial transparency. It is a 4-A District that proudly hosts a variety of programs to support students, from Head Start to online enrollment to accommodate families. It holds a B- rating on Niche, which also gives it a 98% graduation rate. Students have received a variety of scholarships from CISD, including the Crandall MS/HS PTO Scholarship. Teachers even support students and the area by hosting meet and greets at Neighborhood Night or by handing out supplies at the Back To School Supply Drive.

Crandall is a highly sought after community to live in because of the multiple highly ranked schools within the area. One of the many schools in the district is the brand new Noble Reed Elementary School. Named after two former teachers who have impacted lives in a positive way, Noble Reed is prepared to establish great connections between students, their families, and their living space. One neighborhood in particular is positively affected by the presence of the new elementary school – after all, the school is located right within its boundaries. The families of Kaufman County’s newest neighborhood, Wildcat Ranch, get to enjoy having the school right outside of their backyards, and a great place to lie within them. What makes Wildcat Ranch so unique is that when school lets out, kids can enjoy having some of the best parks, trails, and amenities to enjoy. Furthermore, parents will especially love living in an environment small enough to raise a family in, but big enough for kids to run around, learn, and grow in.

Introducing a master-planned community like no other in the heart of Kaufman County. Wildcat Ranch is a new hometown where value meets lifestyle with floor plans that suit your needs and homes priced from the $200’s. Choose from four Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes and KB Home. The Model Row Village will be available to tour come early 2020.

Located 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, this community offers easy access to major roadways connected to the Dallas Metroplex for employment opportunities, as well as local shopping and dining. Within the boundaries of Wildcat Ranch, residents have an assortment of amenities at their fingertips. There is something for everyone, from the Amenity Center with an expansive pool and Fitness Center, to the dog parks, and the miles of trails. Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Sign up to learn more.

DallasNews.com | By Steve Brown | October 8, 2018

More than 900 acres of land in Kaufman County southeast of Dallas will be turned into a 3,100-home residential community.

SOCFM Developer LLC acquired the Wildcat Ranch, between Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 175 near Crandall, for the project. Plans are to have the first homes ready by the end of next year, with prices starting in the $200,000s.

“The phenomenal growth in Kaufman County and the opportunity to provide a well-planned community to value-conscious homebuyers in the metroplex attracted us to this property,” Patrick Sessions, managing partner of SOCFM Developer LLC, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to doing business in the city of Crandall and bringing a quality development to the area.”

Commercial mortgage lender Trez Capital provided project acquisition and development funding for the deal. And PMB Capital Investments of Dallas will partner in the development.

Prominent builders including KB Home, Beazer Homes and D.R. Horton will construct houses in the community. Wildcat Ranch also has a newly built elementary school that will open next year.

The project is near the successful Heartland housing community in Kaufman County.

The new owners acquired the Wildcat Ranch from developer James Mabrey, who assembled the property.

“Wildcat Ranch is in an excellent location and will fulfill the demand for first-time buyers or those looking to downsize,” said Matt Mildren, partner at PMB Capital Investments. “It will be a great option for homebuyers who want a small-town community feel within 30 minutes of downtown.”

The new residential community is coming in an area that is already seeing huge demand from buyers hunting moderate-priced housing. Kaufman County’s population of 122,883 grew nearly 10 percent from 2016 to 2017.

“This is going to be very affordable housing,” said Ted Wilson with Residential Strategies Inc. “The appetite for homes is huge down there. I think these will be some of the most affordable lots in a master-planned setting you will be able to find in the DFW area.”

Wilson said builders have sold more than 1,800 new houses in that area in the 12 months ending in September. The Heartland and Devonshire communities have seen the most new-home purchases, he said.

SOCFM Developer’s Sessions is also a partner and manager of Southstar Woodcreek, the firm that is developing the Woodcreek community in Rockwall County.

Dallas-based Trez Capital has financed more than $1.7 billion in real estate projects since 2011. And PMB Capital has developed more than 5,000 residential building lots and more than $750 million in real estate acquisitions.

To read the original article: Dallas News