Board of Trustees Vote to Call $169.5 Million Bond Election
At its August 12, 2014 Regular Meeting Keller ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call a $169.5 million bond election, for November 4.
The motion for a bond election was called, but a second motion to postpone it until May was called before a vote on the first motion took place. The motion calling for a May bond election received a 2-5 vote with Board Members Brad Schofield and Jo Lynn Haussmann voting in favor of postponing. A final motion calling for the November bond election then passed 7-0.
Along with meeting the current student growth needs of the District, the bond would help KISD meet programmatic needs by adding a new Early Learning Campus and a Career and Technology Education (CTE) Center, address facility needs at some of the older campuses, improve technology infrastructure and provide secure entries at all campuses. The bond would not increase residents’ current tax rates.
The initial proposal, developed by the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC), was presented at community forums held at each of Keller ISD’s four high schools. CBAC and KISD administrators welcomed questions, concerns and suggestions from the community and took these into consideration while crafting the final proposal which was presented at an August 11 Town Hall meeting at the Education Center.
“The Citizens Bond Advisory Committee has been instrumental in constructing a bond plan that best meets the needs of our entire community, and I thank them for their dedication to the students of Keller ISD,” said Board President Jim Stitt. “After hearing feedback from parents, students and community members, we are confident that this bond proposal, if passed, will ensure Keller ISD continues to be an intentionally exceptional district.”
Currently, Keller ISD is the only district its size in the area without a CTE Center. With the roll out of House Bill 5 pathways in the District’s iGraduate Plan, KISD high school students have submitted 25,655 CTE course requests, or an average of 2.5 CTE courses per student.
“The projects proposed in this bond are our one opportunity to address our growth and programmatic needs while correcting inconsistencies in our feeder patterns without having to significantly revise elementary school boundary lines,” said Superintendent Dr. Randy Reid. “Additionally, construction costs are only projected to increase in the future, so we believe that now is the time to address these needs for our students.”
Early voting is October 20-31, 2014 and Election Day is November 4, 2014. For more information about the 2014 Keller ISD bond package, visit www.KellerISD.net/bond.