The Board of Trustees wants citizen volunteers to evaluate and prioritize potential projects for a potential May 06, 2017, bond election.
The Board approved a Citizens Bond Committee (CBC) Charter during its September 20, 2016, workshop, the next step in creating a bond proposal to fund new facilities, technology, infrastructure, and capital renewal and replacement.
The CBC will be composed of four subcommittees – Safety, Innovation, Growth, and Finance.
“We have momentum in this community from our Strategic Plan and the amazing teaching and learning happening in our classrooms,” Board President Paul J. Tisch said. “Our Board looks forward to hearing from families about their priorities as we design a bond package that best meets the needs of our students.”
CBC subcommittees will meet from mid-October through mid-November in three to four meetings to review presentations, tour facilities, and create a draft report. The committee reports will be presented to an Advisory committee for the CBC, which will work with the Board of Trustees to create a final proposal by February 16, 2017.
“A community who invests in its schools will reap the returns for generations,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “We want our passionate parents and caring community members to consider serving in this process.”
The Board of Trustees must call for a bond election no later than February 17, 2017, for the May election.
The committee will review and prioritize projects in the following areas:
Safety – timelines for current capital renewal and replacement projects and potential enhancements related to safety;
Innovation – instructional technology and public schools of choice, including Career Technical High School, Early College High School, Health Professions High School, Early Childhood Center, Center for Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), and capital improvement tied to Innovative School Grants;
Growth – infrastructure upgrades including management information services, transportation, and the need for new facilities to accommodate growth, including High School #6, Middle School #12, Elementary School #35, an indoor aquatics center, an eastside District outdoor athletics facility, high school auditoriums, middle school athletics facility upgrades, and new and existing facility master plan projects; and
Finance – outstanding debt obligations and long-term impact to tax rate and bond rating.
The Advisory committee will be responsible for reviewing reports from each subcommittee and organizing the final Bond referendum recommendation. The Advisory committee will be made up of the CBC chairperson, vice-chairperson, committee chairperson, RRISD ELT members, and the Superintendent of Schools.