As of 8:45 p.m. Saturday, May 10
Northside voters Saturday approved a $648.34 million bond issue that will allow the District to address much-needed improvements at existing schools while continuing to keep pace with growth.
Of the 15,609 people who voted, 65.28 percent cast yes votes, making it the seventh consecutive bond issue voters have passed since 1995. Voters last passed a $535 million bond issue in 2010.
"We are very grateful to all the voters who took the time to learn about the bond proposal and then went to the polls to vote," Superintendent Brian T. Woods said. "The passage of this bond speaks to the confidence that this community has in Northside ISD and means that we can continue to provide a quality learning environment for all students."
Fifty five percent of NISD's $648.34 million bond proposal will fund improvements to existing schools, while the rest will fund new schools to manage the District's growing enrollment, now at 101,477. Enrollment is expected to top 115,000 by 2019.
School Bond 2014 will fund:
· 409 new classrooms at six new schools, including five elementary schools and one high school
· Major renovations of libraries, cafeterias, and science labs at older schools and the replacement of entire buildings
· Upgrades to infrastructure systems like roofing and heating and air-conditioning
· Safety and security projects including elementary security lobbies
· Updates to students’ and teachers’ technology, including “interactive white boards” at elementary schools
· Additional school buses
“The bond campaign has ended and now the work begins to implement this proposal,” Woods said. “As our Northside community expects, we are committed to completing these bond projects on time and on budget.”
When bond payments hit their peak in 2019, the owners of an average home in Northside could see their taxes rise by $14.31 a month compared to current taxes.
“Northside’s history of projecting impact on taxpayers has been very conservative,” said School Board President Robert Blount, Jr. “In the last three bond elections, the projected tax increases never materialized or were considerably less than projected. In fact, NISD’s tax rate today is about 9 cents lower than what was projected in School Bond 2010.”
The School Bond 2014 informational web site offers a detailed explanation and list of projects. The bond web site also includes information about the potential tax impact of the bond and a video about the bond proposal.