School Bond 2014, a proposal for $648.34 million, adds 409 new classrooms to manage continuing growth and renovates older schools to meet curriculum requirements and current standards. In fact, the majority of the proposal renovates existing, older neighborhood 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
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 thousands more children.
NISD surpassed 101,477 students this school year, and by 2019 over 14,000 more students will call Northside home raising the total enrollment to over 115,000 students. That’s because half of all new homes built in Bexar County are located in Northside.
In addition to the growth and need for more classrooms, many Northside schools need continued attention to 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.
Last fall, a 250-member Citizens’ Bond Committee, made up of citizens, teachers, senior citizens, business representatives, students, parents, and taxpayers looked at enrollment projections, analyzed existing facilities, and recommended that the School Board call for a bond election. In the district’s 64-year history, all 115 schools have been constructed with bond funds.
Early voting for School Bond 2014 runs from April 28 to May 6. A list of early voting sites can be found www.nisd.net/bond/2014/en/voting.
For a detailed list of proposed projects and for more information about School Bond 2014, visit www.nisd.net/bond/2014/node/8.