The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees unanimously called for a Bond Election to be held November 6, 2018, addressing critical growth and safety needs across the District.
“This is the result of months of work and selfless dedication by community members who care deeply about our students,” Board President Diane Cox said following the Monday night’s vote. “We are a growing district with a tradition of excellence, and our community recognizes the critical needs we must address to maintain that tradition. We put students first in Round Rock ISD, and this Bond is about ensuring our students have safe learning environments and access to the tools they need to be successful now and in the future.”
Bond projects will be grouped into one proposition totaling $508,435,000 and will result in no tax rate increase for Round Rock ISD property owners.
“Members of the Citizens Bond Committee did incredible work identifying and prioritizing the needs of the District while being fiscally responsible,” CBC Chair Kris Parker said. “We took into account information gathered from thousands of community members via surveys, toured dozens of facilities, and spent eight months studying the District’s strategic goals and needs. It’s inspiring to live in a community that supports and takes such pride in its public schools, and I am proud to have played a role in this effort.”
The Bond proposal includes funding for critical infrastructure needs at aging campuses, a new elementary school to alleviate crowding on the District’s east side, a significant investment in both McNeil and Westwood high schools, crucial upgrades to campus safety and security, an investment in technology, and a practice swim facility. It also will provide for campus additions to replace portable classrooms. More than one-third of the District’s schools are currently at or over capacity, and the District continues to grow by 800 students a year — the size of an average elementary school.
Superintendent Steve Flores, Ph.D., applauded members of the Citizens Bond Committee, Trustees, and District staff for their tireless work on the effort thus far.
“I want to thank this Board for a courageous vote and for always putting our students first as we plan for our future,” Flores said. “This bond addresses critical needs to ensure our students have access to the education they deserve and our citizens and parents have come to expect. I look forward to sharing our story and outlining our District’s needs in the coming weeks.”
Round Rock ISD will be providing specific information on the Bond package, as well as information on the District’s budget and answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding school bonds on the District’s website in the coming days.