BISD community to consider a bond proposal that was developed from all parts of the district
On November 4, the BISD community is being asked to consider a $163.2 million bond proposal that was developed with extensive community input from a diverse group of citizens (parents, grandparents, senior adults and business leaders) from all parts of the district. The proposed program includes safety and security upgrades at every campus; science lab renovations/upgrades; rebuilding North Richland Middle School, The Academy at West Birdville Elementary and Birdville Elementary; renovations and upgrades to facilities across the district; and technology upgrades to address instructional requirements and obsolete equipment districtwide.
The bond program being put before voters in November is $20 million less than the plan presented to BISD voters in May 2013. Also, it does not include any school consolidations.
The proposed bond program:
• Eliminates 32 portable classrooms across the district;
• Provides additional safety and security measures throughout the district;
• Provides science lab upgrades;
• Funds technology upgrades to address instructional needs;
• Replaces obsolete computers for classrooms, labs, libraries, teachers and administration;
• Addresses priority renovation needs (requiring action in the next one to three years), roofs, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and drainage;
• Improves facility equity among high schools; and
• Replaces three existing facilities that are 50 to 65 years old with new facilities that require less money to operate and maintain. They are: North Richland Middle School, The Academy at West Birdville Elementary, and Birdville Elementary.
If BISD voters approve this bond package, it will increase property taxes approximately $3 per month on a house valued at $120,000. State law prohibits the district from raising school taxes for residents age 65 or older who apply for the “Over 65” homestead exemption. Therefore, BISD residents who have an “Over 65” property tax exemption will not see an increase in their school taxes if the bond program is approved.
In addition, trustees will appoint a citizen’s bond oversight committee to monitor the scope, timeline and expenditure of bond funds.
Early voting is October 20-31, and Election Day is November 4.
For specific details on the 2014 bond program, visit www.bisdbond14.net.