The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees finalized contents for a potential bond that responsibly addresses the District’s needs in the areas of growth, innovation and safety during a Feb. 15 Board Workshop.
Trustees reviewed recommendations previously made at a Feb. 9 Board Workshop and made revisions based on discussion. During discussions it was determined that deductions could be made to reduce the overall package to $572.1 million dollars. In addition to the cuts, the Board added an expansion project to relieve Caraway Elementary with three additional classrooms and the cafeteria for a stage.
The recommended $572.1 million bond package will include the building of the District’s 35th elementary school, a comprehensive high school, an indoor aquatics center, a third District outdoor athletic facility and design(s) for a permanent Early College and Health Professions High School. Also included will be classroom additions for Brushy Creek, Caraway, Sommer and Forest Creek elementary schools and Canyon Vista Middle School, if the Board approves the item at the Feb. 16 regular meeting.
Three propositions are proposed :
- Proposition 1 – $381.6 Million: Addresses the most urgent needs of growth and safety in Round Rock ISD, including High School #6, Elementary School #35, improvements to aging facilities, replacement of aging technology at all schools and the continuation of Master Plans at McNeil and Westwood high schools.
- Proposition 2 – $133.6 Million: Aligns with the Strategic Plan for needs of growth and innovation, including expansions at elementary, middle, and high schools to accommodate crowded schools, a Career Tech High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Middle School and an Early College and Health Professions High School.
- Proposition 3 – $56.8 Million: Meets the needs of a world class community’s expectations for arts and athletic programs, including an indoor aquatic center, the District’s outdoor athletic facility #3, upgrades to Dragon Stadium and design of auditoriums at Round Rock and Westwood high schools.
Administration will present a tax impact scenario for the $572.1 million bond recommendation during the final presentation during the meeting.
The finalized recommendations will be presented to the Board for potential approval during its Regular Meeting on Feb. 16. If approved, the Bond would be called for a May 6, 2017 election.