$700 Million-Plus in School Construction Projects on November’s Ballot

by James McClister


Come November 4, residents from two Houston suburbs will decide whether to provide the funding necessary to move forward with a handful of major school construction projects.

Last week, two bond proposals were approved by the boards of trustees representing the Conroe and Alvin Independent School Districts, confirming the proposals will appear on the ballot in the upcoming November election. If residents choose to fund the projects, construction could increase in the area.

CISD – On Aug. 19, the CISD board of trustees unanimously approved a $487 million bond proposal and called for an election.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, CISD trustee Melanie Bush said that growth in Montgomery County has “made it difficult” for the district to adequately operate out of its current facilities.

The bond, which CISD officials expect will raise the tax rate no more than one cent, will fund the construction of a new high school, two elementary schools, an intermediate school in the Oak Ridge High School feeder zones (to satisfy residential development along the Rayford Road corridor) and a new junior high in the Conroe High School feeder zone, Community Impact Newspaper reported.

AISD – On Aug. 21, AISD published an update to bond projects first launched in 2013, providing partial updates on a bond package that will ultimately include $245 million ($285 million including the contribution of district funds) in construction projects and be on the ballot in November. The multi-million dollar package includes 13 projects of which four are new schools and the rest are improvements, land acquisitions or second phase building projects, such as the Career and Technical Education Center.

According to the district, the maximum tax impact would be 8.3 cents per $100 dollars of taxable valuation. However, in a statement accompanying the announcement, ASID Superintendent Buck Gilcrease said that it’s likely the overall costs will be less than estimated.

“Our track record is to share the greatest potential tax impact with our community to ensure transparency,” he said. “Our track record has proven to never reach the projected amount.”

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