Northside voters Saturday approved a $848.91 million bond issue that will allow the District to address much-needed improvements at existing schools and to continue to keep pace with growth.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 68.05 percent voted for School Bond 2018, making it the eighth consecutive bond issue voters have passed since 1995. Voters last passed a $648.34 million bond issue in 2014.
"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."
Sixty seven percent of NISD's $848.91 million bond proposal will fund improvements to existing schools, while the rest will fund four new schools to manage the District's growing enrollment, now over 106,000.
School Bond 2018 will fund:
- Major renovations of libraries, cafeterias, Fine Arts areas, and science labs at older schools
- Four new schools, including the next high school
- Upgrades to infrastructure systems like roofing and heating and air-conditioning
- Safety and security projects including 44 elementary security lobbies
- A new public service magnet program at Marshall High School
- Updates to students’ and teachers’ technology, including more mobile devices
- 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 2025, the owners of an average home in Northside could see their taxes rise by $8.10 a month compared to current taxes.
“Northside’s history of projecting impact on taxpayers has been very conservative,” said School Board President M’Lissa Chumbley. “In the last four bond elections, the projected tax increases never materialized or were considerably less than projected. In fact, NISD’s tax rate today is about 12 cents lower than what was projected in School Bond 2014.”
The School Bond 2018 informational website offers a detailed explanation and list of projects. The bond web site also includes information about the potential tax impact of the bond and videos about the bond proposal.