Keller ISD Voters Pass $169.5 Million Bond
Keller ISD voters have passed the $169.5 million bond package by a vote of 57 percent for and 43 percent against, with 52 out of 52 precincts reporting.
Bond projects include a 23rd elementary campus, a 5th-8th grade campus and an Early Learning Campus, all in the southwest portion of the District; converting South Keller Intermediate into a Career and Technical Education Center and converting Indian Springs Middle School into a 5th-8th grade campus; addressing facility needs at Keller High School; providing classroom additions at Keller High, Hillwood Middle, Parkwood Hill Intermediate and Bear Creek Intermediate; improving technology infrastructure; and providing secure entry vestibules at the remaining six campuses that are without one.
In addition to the building projects, the bond package will address the inconsistent feeder patterns throughout the District and balanced projected enrollment numbers among the four high schools. Keller ISD residents will not see a tax rate increase.
“On behalf of the Keller ISD Board of Trustees I would like to thank our community for its support, and the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) for putting together such a well thought-out plan,” said KISD Board President Jim Stitt. “We appreciate everyone’s hard work and look forward to seeing the projects become a reality.”
Currently, Keller ISD is the only district its size in the area without a CTE Center. With the rollout of House Bill 5 pathways in the District’s iGraduate Plan, approximately 75 percent of all Keller ISD high school students are enrolled in CTE courses. Many high school juniors and seniors will benefit from the centrally-located CTE center, and will be provided transportation to and from classes throughout the day.
More than 36,700 voters within the District’s boundaries cast their vote on this bond election.
“I’m proud to be part of a school district in which voters turned out, in what is believed to be, record numbers. All we ever asked was that the true wishes of our community be heard by those who live here,” said Superintendent Dr. Randy Reid. “I’m grateful to everyone who said, ‘Let’s keep Keller ISD exceptional.’ We’re ready to hit the ground running on these projects, all of which will enhance educational opportunities for our students.”
Projects will begin in the summer of 2015 and the work will be completed over a three-year period. Feeder pattern changes are set to be implemented in the fall of 2016.