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Updated Bond List - We have added some additional schools with bonds, thanks to David Webb with Stifel.  The Updated list has 53 school districts today. - js - webmaster@texasisd.com

Leander ISD voters will see three bond propositions on their Nov. 2 ballots totaling $772.2 million—the most expensive bond package for the district to date, though it does not require a tax rate increase. The district is expecting rapid growth over the next 10 years with about 13,000 more students expected districtwide. New schools are needed to prevent overcrowding, and renovations and updates are needed at aging schools, according to the district. Growth was a large factor in building the bond, LISD board President Trish Bode said. But taking care of existing buildings with projects such as roofs and air conditioner replacements maintains a space for students to learn and grow. Every student’s quality of learning will be impacted through the proposed bond, Bode said. view article arw

On Monday, residents living in the Hamshire-Fannett school district can start early voting in a $1.4 million bond election. The district is seeking the funding to build a concession stand to replace the current facility which is quickly falling apart. Right now, the concession stand is too dangerous to use, and that jeopardizes funding for Hamshire-Fannett ISD sports. The Athletic Booster Club averages $85,000 a year in concession sales. view article arw

San Antonio Independent School District is ready to act on the $1.3 billion bond approved in 2020 and wants residents to help plan projects for 36 campuses. The district’s largest bond proposal yet was approved last November by voters in a 2-1 margin. The bond was then touted and welcomed by administrators as a way to match the district’s growth and close the digital gap that was made more evident during the pandemic. view article arw

MALAKOFF, Texas (KLTV) -An East Texas School district is planning for growth 25 years into the future.  Projects from a bond of $72 million that was passed in May are getting closer to construction for the Malakoff Independent School District, according to Superintendent Don Layton.  The new high school will be the centerpiece. It is in the architectural stage, and the conceptual designs were recently released. Because of growth in the district, there will also be upgrades to the school’s other campuses, all approved by the board in September.  “We looked 25 years out. We challenged our long-range planning committee and we said we want to be prepared for 25, and they looked 25 years out. These changes in the facilities and the new campus will get us 25 years out,” Layton said. view article arw

School officials at Huntsville ISD took the next step towards awarding construction contracts for $127 million worth of expansions and renovations. On Tuesday, members of the district’s board of trustees voted to hire a construction manager-at-risk for all academic facilities that are planned to be constructed. The district will also hire a construction project manager who will oversee all of the bond projects. view article arw

As the Austin school district explores a potential bond proposal for November 2022, district leaders are looking beyond facility conditions by identifying the schools serving the most vulnerable students and neighborhoods. It’s one of many efforts by the district to work toward equity and regain community trust after the 2019 closure of four campuses, three of which were in East Austin, home to historically underserved communities. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KIAH) Spring Branch ISD has a lot to celebrate today with the grand opening of the new $33 million Hunters Creek Elementary School. This exciting event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.12. located at 10650 Beinhorn Road in west Houston. As part of the 2017 Bond Program approved by 80 percent of Spring Branch ISD voters, Hunters Creek continues the transformation of district facilities that began with the 2007 Bond Program. On top of that, with the current bond, the district will rebuild its eight remaining oldest elementary schools, in addition to Hunters Creek. view article arw

ALICE, Texas — On Nov. 2, voters in Alice, Texas, will be asked to approve two bond propositions totaling $5.9 million. Proposition A includes band hall improvements for Alice High School, along with improvements for the choir room and Bryce Auditorium as well as other school upgrades. The district also wants to purchase about a half-million dollars worth of instruments for students. Meanwhile, Proposition B is proposed funding for new artificial turf for the football, baseball and softball fields. "There will be a tax increase of .12 of a penny, so in an average home in this county, that's about 72-cents a year," said Dr. Carl Scarbrough, superintendent of the Alice Independent School District. Election day is just a few weeks away. Voters will have a chance to approve both the propositions or just one of them. view article arw

Cadence McShane Construction Company is excited to break ground on the two-part project for New Braunfels ISD – NBISD New Elementary School, located on South Guenther Avenue in New Braunfels, Texas. This is the final project in the 2018 bond program to break ground. The scope includes demolition of the existing ninth grade center as well as ground-up construction of a two-story elementary school. The new campus will function as a replacement for Carl Schurz and Seele elementary schools which were built in 1935 and 1950. The elementary school will be approximately 115,000 square feet and will be able to accommodate 850 students in grades kindergarten through fifth. view article arw

Multiple Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD construction projects are set to be complete in the coming months. At an Oct. 7 board of trustees meeting, Chief Operations Officer Malcom Mulroney updated CFBISD trustees on what projects are underway. Baseball and Softball fields at Newman Smith High School and Turner High School are undergoing turf installations. The project costs the district $11.2 million. The baseball fields are expected to be complete in November while softball fields will be completed in December. Under the 2020 bond election, the new Sheffield Elementary school will cost $26.7 million. It is expected to be completed July 2022. view article arw

The proposed $355 million bond package will pay for the following district facility improvements. The total cost here is offset by $12 million for an estimated insurance settlement for the July 27 fire that destroyed much of G.W. Carver Middle School. The new schools in the package would be built on their current campuses with existing schools operating until the new facilities are finished. view article arw

The New Waverly Independent School District could see the creation of a new intermediate school, and add classrooms at the elementary and high schools, among a long list of other construction projects over the next few years. “Knowing that growth was eventually going to get here, we knew that we were going to have to take a close look at facilities and maintenance,” NWISD Superintendent Dr. Darol Hail said. Following the recommendation of a 15-person community committee, the rural school district chose to move forward with a $24.5 million bond package that district leaders say will have no new costs to taxpayers. Instead, voters will be asked to approve a measure that will essentially extend the district’s debt levy for up to 30 years. view article arw

The proposed $355 million bond package will pay for the following district facility improvements. The total cost here is offset by $12 million for an estimated insurance settlement for the July 27 fire that destroyed much of G.W. Carver Middle School. The new schools in the package would be built on their current campuses with existing schools operating until the new facilities are finished. $157.1 million - New Waco High School. Smaller 370,000 square foot complex would concentrate academic, fine arts, including a new performing arts center, and athletics space in one facility. 2,150-student capacity. Closer to New Road with main entrance facing Colcord Avenue. view article arw

Huntsville Independent School District plans to offer contracts tied to multiple campus expansions and renovations. School district administrators are seeking a construction manager at risk to coordinate much of the academic upgrades in a $127 million bond project. The district has previously chosen to award athletic facility construction based on a competitive sealed bid process. “Due to the complexity of scheduling multiple renovation/addition projects across the district and the current construction market trends, the administration believes it is in our best interest as a district to use CMAR for specific projects to be packaged together from the remaining Bond 2021 Projects,” district superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard said as the rationale for the proposal. view article arw

Victoria I.S.D. Bond Q & A event

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Tonight, community members are gathering in downtown Victoria for a Q & A event on the upcoming Victoria I.S.D bond election. This event starts at 5:30 p.m. it’s another opportunity for the public to come out and have their questions answered regarding the Victoria I.S.D bond election which is set for Tuesday, November 2nd. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD board of trustees reviewed costs at its Oct. 5 meeting for the latest fine arts department renovations. Fine arts additions and renovation projects for Lamar Middle School and Flower Mound High School will be funded through the 2017 bond. Jackson Construction, the subcontractor for both projects, presented a total guaranteed maximum price of $4.66 million for renovations and addition at Lamar Middle School. This price is about $4.6 million over the original budget, according to district documents. The guaranteed maximum price presented by Jackson Construction for the Flower Mound High School project is $4.71 million. This price is approximately $2.6 million over the original budget, documents state. view article arw

Sabinal ISD welcomes upgrades

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Facility improvements at Sabinal Independent School District are gaining traction, as the district’s new $1.046 million track nears completion and architectural renderings of the new $6.95 million event center give a glimpse of what’s in store. “These projects have been long anticipated,” said Sabinal ISD Superintendent Richard Grill. “The community has been asking for a new gym and track since my arrival to Sabinal in 2008, and I am pleased to finally provide these facilities not only for our athletes but for the fine arts programs and better health benefits for the community.” view article arw

KILGORE, Texas — Local elections hit closest to home. They impact your taxes, your child's school, your streets and your parks. Gregg County’s November election is set to do the same thing with Kilgore ISD's $113 million bond proposal . The proposal comes in two parts, Part A includes $109 million for constructing a new high school on the existing campus of Kilgore High School. The bond will also include upgrades to Chandler Elementary School. To learn more about the school's history and each bond click here. Jessica Holmes, co-chair for the Kilgore Bond Political Committee, says it’s something the district has been working on for quite some time. view article arw

Early voting runs Oct. 18-29 for the Nov. 2 general election. Here are five things New Braunfels ISD voters should know before heading to the polls. view article arw

Be an informed voter this November! The VISD Superintendent, VISD Board and community members will provide information on the upcoming VISD Bond so that you know ahead of time what is on the ballot. Feel free to submit questions to our speakers ahead of the event to lwvvictoriacounty@gmail.com. view article arw

Voters in the East Central Independent School District will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 2, to determine the fate of a proposed $172 million bond. District trustees approved to call the election, responding to increased enrollment prompting the need for new construction and renovation of existing facilities. Included in the proposal, totaling $172,450,000, are: view article arw

Bay City ISD’s Board of Trustees looked at funding options Monday for a new wing at Tenie Holmes and the possibility of building a pool at the high school. Lewis Wilks with U.S. Capital Advisors talked to the board about possible ways to fund the new wing at the Holmes and to build a new pool for the swim program at the high school. view article arw

Pearland ISD’s board of trustees approved a proposed tax rate of $1.3152 per $100 property value for fiscal year 2021-22 at its Aug. 16 meeting, triggering a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election.  The election will determine whether PISD receives an additional $7.4 million in state and local funds. The VATRE will be Proposition A to voters on Election Day on Nov. 2 or during early voting from Oct. 18-29.  “If Prop A passes, the district will receive $2.7 million from local tax revenue; in addition, the state will increase funding by $4.7 million,” PISD Superintendent John Kelly said in an email. view article arw

A new Malakoff High School is in the architectural stage and a recently released conceptual design of the complex shows what the finished product will look like. Superintendent Don Layton said he’s excited that the construction project voters approved in a $72 million bond package in May is progressing. “We’re extremely happy to be in the process,” he said. “We’re also happy that we’re going to touch all of our campuses.” The MISD board voted in January to follow the recommendation of the Long Range Planning Committee to make the major upgrades to its facilities. The 27 member committee met five times in putting together the plan. Layton, who joined the district in 2019, said by paying off a previous bond the district saved money and showed they they would be responsible with the taxpayers dollars. view article arw

Scribner says while the 2017 bond addressed high schools, the 2021 bond focuses on middle and elementary schools.  Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner says the 2021 bond issue would touch every corner of the district’s 209 square miles. Most of the nearly $1.5 billion would be focused on building a new elementary school and modernizing many buildings.  “We do believe infrastructure is equity. Infrastructure is equal opportunity,” Scribner said on Inside Texas Politics. “And we want all of our students playing on an even playing field across Fort Worth, but also when we compare ourselves to our suburban districts. Our students deserve adequate facilities.” view article arw

An informational meeting will be held next week for Burton residents who are interested in learning more about an upcoming bond election in Burton ISD. BONDing Together for Kids, a political action committee, will host the meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Burton High School auditorium. During the program, the $43.8 million bond project will be discussed, and Washington County Chief Appraiser Dyann White will explain the bond as it relates to the 65 and over tax exemption and the cap on homesteads. view article arw

Waco Independent School District libraries are turning a page to a refreshed future, with more students turning pages both at school and at home a desired result. Boosted by more than $3 million in federal COVID-19 recovery funding, Waco ISD libraries are midway through an upgrade that will see certified librarians at most schools, collections pruned of dated books, a higher visibility and new look for some, and increased student access to books. view article arw

KILGORE, Texas (KETK) – Kilgore ISD will hold a tour of its high school Thursday night ahead of their November bond election. The walk-through will begin at 6:45 p.m. following an open house. It will be led by Superintendent Andy Baker. The bond is for $113 million and includes two propositions. view article arw

FORT WORTH, Texas — One of the football fields shared by more than a dozen high schools in Fort Worth is centrally located near downtown. Still, every time the district is forced to share space, nobody feels the impact more than the athletes and their families.  Among those families is the Cruz household where football is everything to 15-year-old Marsalino Aris. view article arw

Sept. 18 will be remembered as an integral part of Humble history. On this day in 2021, the brand-new Guy M. Sconzo Early College High School facility was dedicated to the work and legacy of the late Guy M. Sconzo, former superintendent of Humble ISD. He is best known for his work in several areas of child education, providing opportunities for less fortunate children and ensuring legislation is passed on their behalf. view article arw

The McKinney ISD board of trustees approved the design and probable cost of the district’s newest elementary school at a Sept. 28 meeting. Construction on Elementary School No. 22, which is currently unnamed, is expected to start in March of 2022, according to meeting documents. The projected timeline sets completion in June 2023, in time for students to attend during the 2023-24 school year. The probable cost of the project is approximately $35 million, which includes construction, furniture, permitting and other expenses, according to meeting documents. This is based on a 60% drawing, which does not include the costs of plumbing, electrical and other building necessities. A guaranteed cost will be presented to the board once a 100% drawing is complete. view article arw

WACO, Texas – The Brook Oaks Neighborhood Association hosted a community meeting Monday afternoon to get more people involved in the bond election approaching this November. “And I’m out giving a presentation to make sure that our community has all the information that it needs to know about the upcoming bond election on November 2nd,” says Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon. Even though there was a small turnout, Dr. Kincannon was able to answer the community’s questions. “The concerns I heard from the community is about a trillion and $55 million, and a lot of money,” says Brook Oaks Neighborhood Association President Sammy Smith.    (28) view article arw

EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) — Officials with the El Paso Independent School District announced Tuesday that the district has completed its modernization of Burges High School. To celebrate, students, faculty and alumni will gather on Friday to celebrate the official grand opening of the campus as part of their homecoming celebrations. The $57.8-million project is part of EPISD’s 2016 bond projects. Voters in the District approved the historic $668.8-million bond to help modernize facilities and to right-size the number of campuses the District operates based on updated enrollment figures. view article arw

AMARILLO, texas (KVII) — River Road Independent School District received $10,000 from Atmos Energy on Tuesday. School officials said the money is coming at a crucial time, and the moment was extra meaningful for Becky Palmer, President of the West Texas Division of Atmos Energy. “I graduated from River Road. I went to school here,” Palmer said. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to come back home and support the school that really gave me a lot over the years.” view article arw