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Dozens of families are dealing with the aftermath of high water getting into their homes. Channelview, at the mouth of the San Jacinto River, saw flooding over the weekend, but finally the water level is going down. The local school district is trying to help students and their siblings and parents recover from the disaster by canceling classes Monday. view article arw

Willis ISD Director of Communication Jamie Fails said after polls closed on May 4 the district was "thrilled" that Proposition A received voter approval. "It's going to assist us with providing educational facilities for our students, specifically in the realm of expanding Willis High School to accommodate the growth we're experiencing as well as building a new transportation facility, which will relieve our current [facility]," she said. "We appreciate the community taking the time to vote and educating themselves." view article arw

Voters narrowly approved the Canutillo Independent School District’s $387 million bond proposals on Saturday. About 51% of voters cast ballots in favor of the proposal to build new schools and renovate existing ones – winning approval with a margin of 32 votes. The proposal to issue bonds to pay off debt was approved with just over 50% and a margin of 13 votes. This marks the first bond proposals Canutillo ISD voters approve after voting down two others in four years. view article arw

Bond passed with 69 percent of vote. view article arw

The third time really was the charm for Longview ISD as voters approved all five bond proposals. With Harrison County votes still pending, it appears there are enough votes in favor in Gregg County, as no proposal was faring worse than 58 percent Saturday night. Also in Longview, voters supported Kristin Ishihara as the new mayor, as votes in Gregg County had her winning by 2,700 votes, with less than 200 pending in Harrison County. view article arw

Voters in Navasota voted yes to two bonds in the May 4 election Saturday night. Proposition A was a $71 million bond package that the superintendent Dr. Stu Musick said would help renovate current schools and remodel existing campuses including roofs and HVAC systems maintenance. Not only that, but it would address the growth in the area with some of the funds going towards a new elementary school, new school buses as well as land for future schools. It passed 456 voters (55%) to 374 voters (45%). view article arw

As inflation burns through your pockets, your local jurisdictions are coming for more of your money. Bonds and taxes are on the ballot this May and November, make sure you're aware and vote accordingly. view article arw

On Saturday, voters in the College Station school district will have the chance to sign off on two bond propositions. The bonds total $53 million and cover various repairs and renovations to athletics facilities at A&M Consolidated High School and College Station High School. Proposition A is worth $40,200,000 for renovations to the A&M Consolidated High School athletic stadium and fieldhouse, plus the College Station High School athletic stadium. This item is a property tax increase. view article arw

Less than one percent of voters in Harris County have turned out to vote. On May 4, 270 local jurisdictions across the state will hold bond elections totaling $17.4 billion. More than $1 billion of that long-term debt is owed to local jurisdictions in Harris County. Harris County’s largest request—half of the total amount across the county—is for Galena Park ISD, which is asking voters to approve $530 million in debt. view article arw

THORNDALE, Texas (KXAN) — The Thorndale Independent School District superintendent said the district has asked voters to consider a $34.5 million bond to help it keep up with a growing student population. TISD Superintendent Zack Kleypas said the district anticipates enrollment to grow as nearby developments are completed. An example he pointed to was the Samsung Semiconductor facility under construction in Taylor. The district’s webpage on the bond proposal said it would upgrade parts of existing schools, like giving its middle school a new security vestibule and connect all campuses with transitional hallways. view article arw

Tuesday is the last day of early voting for the Canutillo Independent School District bond election. The District says the 2024 bond proposal bond aims to also fund improvements and renovations to schools in the district. If approved, the district would use the 387-million-dollar bond to replace three schools in older neighborhoods, as well as building a permanent facility for the Northwest Early College High School, addressing school repairs and safety and security for the district’s schools systems. view article arw

A slew of upgrades are about to get underway across Pine Tree ISD after voters approved a $55 million bond measure in November. The plan includes a renovation of the Pine Tree Junior High School bathrooms, moving the high school baseball field in order to make room for a career and technical education building and an 18,000-square-foot expansion to Parkway Elementary School, among other projects. view article arw

The contentious battle for a piece of land next to Basswood Elementary School in far north Fort Worth may soon be over. On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Studio 6 company said their franchisee decided to relocate the motel the city had approved months ago. “The owner of the Studio 6 hotel at 3044 Clay Mountain Trail has decided to stop construction on this location. We look forward to working with him once a new location is secured so we can provide an affordable lodging option for visitors to the area," a spokesperson wrote to NBC 5. view article arw

Budgeting misses by former Fort Bend Independent School District superintendent Christie Whitbeck’s administration were the primary cause of a major shortfall in the district’s 2023 bond program, according to investigators hired to review the shortfall. The probe, which Fort Bend board members commissioned in February, aimed to settle how the district arrived at the $133 million shortfall within months of voters approving the $1.3 billion spending package. The school board’s legal counsel, Houston-based law firm Roger, Morris, and Grover, conducted the investigation. view article arw

The audit was conducted following revelations of a $133 million gap between the amount voters approved and the cost of the bond.  A new audit has revealed failures in the Fort Bend ISD 2022 bond planning. In February, Fort Bend ISD’s board of trustees received a report from the administration detailing a $133 million gap between the amount approved by voters, $1.2 billion, and the total cost of bond projects.  At the time, the district’s deputy superintendent said they would begin a review and that the number could still go up or down. He attributed the shortfall to miscommunication between staff and the construction team, cost overruns, and overall poor planning. view article arw

Elgin is in the middle of the Texas Triangle formed by the state's biggest cities ranging from Dallas-Fort Worth to San Antonio and Houston. Superintendent Dr. Jana Rueter says it is attracting more families to Elgin ISD. "We are now considered the second fastest growing school district in Central Texas," Rueter said. view article arw

Early voting has kicked off this week ahead of the May 4 election, and Longview ISD has one of the hottest items on the ballot. The district is asking voters to pass a more than $450 million bond proposal. "This is really not just about facilities this election, it’s about how do we answer the question of “how do we spend funds as a district," Wayne Guidry, assistant superintendent of finance at Longview ISD, said. view article arw

Voters in Kaufman ISD, located just 45 minutes southeast of Dallas, will consider a $171 million bond to improve safety and security and create more space to address aging facilities. The district is expected to reach over 5,000 students in five years. Kaufman County is the second-fastest growing county in the United States. Enrollment has increased by almost 10% over the last three years, according to the district. view article arw

If the upcoming bond package passes, the district's debt load--including interest--could swell to nearly a billion dollars. view article arw

Early voting begins on Monday for Proposition A in Alice Independent School District. School officials said voters will have the chance to decide on a $38 million bond. The bond would go to building a new stadium and adding new lights to the baseball and softball facilities. There are multiple changes that could come if the bond is approved by voters. view article arw

The Buckholts Independent School District held a bond information night on Thursday after the district’s board of trustees called for an over $11 million bond in the upcoming May 2024 election. The district says the $11.145 million bond proposal is expected to add a new middle school to the high school, convert the current middle school into an elementary school and help with significant renovations to all campuses. view article arw

Residents are also being asked to approve a $950 million bond in the county’s first water district. Kaufman Independent School District is pushing for a bond that would cost taxpayers more than $387 million when factoring in interest. It is a significant jump from the $170 million that voters will see on the ballot, which does not factor in estimated principal and interest debt. Kaufman ISD is specifically seeking funds for district-wide security projects, such as security camera upgrades, security film, and security fencing. The district would also like to add classrooms to its aging Helen Edwards Early Childhood Center, which it claims is “at functional capacity,” and a new agricultural barn for Career & Technical Education Classes. In addition, Kaufman ISD wants to construct a new campus for Norman Junior High School, which is currently at capacity, to serve 1,200 students. view article arw

While the district hasn’t said how much a proposed bond would cost, a local paper reported that a recent estimate was for between $3.5 and $5 billion.  Houston ISD’s appointed board of managers signaled the district’s intention to move forward with a multi-billion dollar bond package this November.   At its recent board meeting, the board members voted to allow Superintendent Mike Miles and his administration to use district resources that would be refunded to the general fund by future bond proceeds and to begin developing a November 2024 bond package.  view article arw

The Buckholts Independent School District held a bond information night on Thursday after the district’s board of trustees called for an over $11 million bond in the upcoming May 2024 election. The district says the $11.145 million bond proposal is expected to add a new middle school to the high school, convert the current middle school into an elementary school and help with significant renovations to all campuses. view article arw

The future home of Port Arthur Independent School District’s Support Center is abuzz with activity as crews transform the former Catholic high school and health center at 9th Avenue and Texas 73. The $13.1 million building project at 3601 Texas 73 is going to host a multitude of district services in one central location. They include maintenance, transportation, records, custodial, police, shipping and receiving, technology, instructional materials and a print shop, according to Phyllis Geans, assistant superintendent of operations. view article arw

“We went back to the community and you know we obviously, we still have needs that we need to address and we want to listen to the community,” said Superintendent Terry Waldrep about calling for another bond. view article arw

"I just think it's a really good way to invest in our community and our kids,” said McGregor resident Stephanie Thompson. Investing in the kids — it's something McGregor ISD is aiming to do. The district is proposing an $82 million bond. view article arw

PITTSBURG, Texas (KETK) – After failing to pass the first two times, the Pittsburg Independent School District is hoping a bond proposal passes to give multiple campuses major upgrades. Sulphur Springs talks economy following Total Solar Eclipse On May 4, voters will decide whether to approve Pittsburg ISD’s $93.8 million bond proposal. “Hopefully that can be done and help our kids in a positive way,” Pittsburg ISD superintendent Terry Waldrep, said. The bond is divided into two propositions. On Tuesday, school officials showed residents the work they are planning for their middle school students. view article arw

With New Braunfels ISD’s upcoming $313 million bond election in May, voters will determine if the district’s new Long Creek High School will have its own stadium and whether to approve phase two of New Braunfels High School’s reconstruction. The board of trustees called the bond election during the February board meeting. The $313 million bond is split into three propositions. Proposition A includes phase two of the New Braunfels High School replacement, school safety and security projects, an upgraded agricultural sciences facility and more. The total cost for Proposition A is about $267 million. view article arw

On April 9, Spring ISD trustees voted to create a community survey for a possible voter-approval tax rate election ballot initiative, or VATRE, that would be held in November if called.   What’s happening  As SISD faces a $25 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2024-25, trustees discussed the possible November VATRE for the second time April 9. Trustees voted 6-1—with board Secretary Kelly P. Hodges dissenting—in favor of ordering a community survey.  The survey is expected to cost $21,000-$28,000, Chief Financial Officer Ann Westbrooks said April 4, and the results should be available in May. The cost of holding a VATRE would be about $200,000, but SISD would be required to pay that cost anyway if any trustees up for election in November are opposed, Westbrooks said. view article arw

Kaufman Independent School District is pushing for a bond that would cost taxpayers more than $387 million when factoring in interest. It is a significant jump from the $170 million that voters will see on the ballot, which does not factor in estimated principal and interest debt. Kaufman ISD is specifically seeking funds for district-wide security projects, such as security camera upgrades, security film, and security fencing. The district would also like to add classrooms to its aging Helen Edwards Early Childhood Center, which it claims is “at functional capacity,” and a new agricultural barn for Career & Technical Education Classes. view article arw

As Round Rock ISD continues the process of creating its budget for the 2024-25 budget year, administrators are proposing a 1% general pay increase for all employees, as well as a bonus tied to the district's student enrollment. What you need to know The district has informed the community that some budget cuts are imminent, with a projected shortfall of about $30 million for the 2024-25 school year. However, district administrators said this will not preclude them from including a small pay bump for employees in proposals for the budget, in order to retain employees. In a proposal for the district's compensation plan in the upcoming year, administrators are recommending the board of trustees approve a 1% increase, with some adjustments to the overall pay structure, as well as an employee bonus if enrollment jumps ahead of projections shared in March. view article arw

Liberty Hill ISD will open a shared space for its Success Academy and new disciplinary program in a portable building at Liberty Hill High School next school year. The board of trustees approved around $636,000 in funding for the portable building at an April 15 meeting following an overview of the new facility by Chief of Schools Travis Motal. view article arw

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas (KETK) – Harts Bluff Independent School District said five bond propositions, equaling a total of $19.1 million, will be on the May ballot to fund facility expansions.  $3 million scratch ticket sold in Palestine  According to the school district, if all the propositions are approved the total tax impact will be 40 cents. view article arw

Bond Preview: Graham ISD

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GRAHAM, Texas (KAUZ) - We continue our coverage of school bonds across Texoma by spotlighting the Graham ISD 2024 bond, totaling $38 million.  This bond is split into two propositions after one proposed last year failed.  A large focus will be Proposition A, which will consolidate the three elementary schools down to two, all while providing safety and security upgrades as well. Proposition B, is on an indoor multipurpose facility, that will not only benefit Graham ISD students but also some community organizations. view article arw