Improving existing schools and managing growth drive School Bond 2014
Northside ISD trustees called a school bond election on May 10, 2014 for $648.34 million that addresses the need for new schools to manage continuing growth and the need to improve existing schools. In fact, the majority of the proposal is to upgrade existing neighborhood schools.
We have all seen the growth when driving around Northwest San Antonio these past few years. Besides the increased traffic and congestion, there are new businesses and giant commercial centers, hundreds of new neighborhoods, thousands of new houses, thousands of new families, and new schools.
Northside enrollment has continued to grow by over 2000 students every year. That’s because half of all new homes built in Bexar County are located in Northside. In fact, NISD just surpassed 101,000 students. At the end of this four-year bond, about 8,000 more students will call Northside home raising the total enrollment to almost 110,000 students in 2018.
Did you know that Northside grows by 2 to 3 classrooms a week?
Northside is the 4th largest school district in Texas and certainly the largest in the San Antonio metroplex. What a stark contrast to NISD’s humble beginnings in 1949 when farmers and ranchers from 11 schools joined to form what we now know as Northside ISD.
Just like then, NISD continues to draw thousands of families looking for high quality schools in attractive neighborhoods.
In addition to the growth and need for more classrooms, many Northside aging schools need continued attention to keep them up to current standards and provide functional learning spaces for children.
More than half of Northside schools are older than 20 years; and some were originally built as early as the 1950s and 1960s.
In the district’s 64-year history, all 115 schools have been constructed with bond funds.
In the fall of 2013, a 250-member Citizens’ Bond Committee, made up of parents from all NISD schools, senior citizens, business representatives, other community citizens, and teachers looked at enrollment projections, analyzed the needs of the district, and recommended that the School Board call for a bond election.
The NISD Board of Trustees approved a bond proposal that asks the voters for $648.34 million to build 409 new classrooms and make other major improvements and renovations to most Northside Schools.
On Saturday, May 10, voters will be asked to vote on School Bond 2014, a carefully crafted proposal that
- addresses the needs of thousands more students
- funds major renovations of libraries, cafeterias, and science labs at older schools and replaces entire buildings
- makes necessary upgrades to infrastructure systems like roofing and heating and air-conditioning
- also updates students’ and teachers’ technology and adds “interactive white boards” at elementary schools