New Jordan Ranch Elementary Named for Mayor

Jordan Ranch’s new elementary school in Fulshear will bear a notable name when it opens next year — Viola Randle Elementary.

Randle, who has the distinction of being Fulshear’s first Black mayor, was an icon in the community. The daughter of sharecroppers, Randle grew up in Fulshear, eventually becoming a business owner, activist and community leader. She served as mayor from 1993 to 1998 when the city’s population was approximately 600. Randle believed in public service and doing her civic duty. Upon retiring from the city council, she continued to serve on boards and commissions. She passed away in 2020 at the age of 96.

Construction began last year on the new elementary school in Fulshear, which is located on a large site along Jordan Ranch Boulevard. Currently, young Jordan Ranch students attend Lindsey Elementary.

Randle Elementary is part of a bond package passed last November that included $99.4 million for three new elementary schools.

Lamar CISD is the fourth fastest-growing district in the Houston area. It is also the largest, serving approximately 36,000 K-12 students across 45 campuses throughout Fort Bend County. 

The district has received numerous accolades, including an overall “A” rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in 2019 — the last year the agency reported ratings due to the pandemic. Out of the more than 1,200 school districts and charter schools in Texas, Lamar CISD was one of only 301 districts to receive the “A” rating.

Niche awarded LCISD an overall A rating for 2022. It ranks No. 106 out of 1,018 on Niche’s list of best school districts in Texas. It is the No. 3 best school district in Fort Bend County and the No. 12 best district in Houston.

We are proud of our district and look forward to watching our young residents walk or ride their bikes to the new elementary school in Fulshear next year.