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Proposition addresses growth, campus and special education improvements, and technology upgrades.
The Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call a bond election for May 5, 2018. The bond package totals $199 million and is designed to address growth, campus and special education improvements, and technology upgrades.
"The Board of Trustees worked diligently for more than a year to develop a bond program that aligns with the District's strategic vision and continues to provide safe, equitable facilities for students," said Steve Chapman, Superintendent of HEB ISD schools. "Preparing for the increase in student enrollment was a focus of the Board's decision."
According to a recent demographic study, the District is anticipated to grow by more than 2,600 students over the next 10 years. The District is expected to add nearly 500 elementary students in the next five years and approximately 900 students in the next 10 years. Growth projections also show that many of the District's junior high schools are expected to be over capacity within two years.
Specifically, the bond proposal includes:
- Two new elementary schools to accommodate growth and relocation of students from West Hurst Elementary, which would be renovated and repurposed for the District's special education support services
- Classroom additions at the junior high schools to increase capacity and remove all instructional space from portable buildings
- Interior improvements at the junior high schools, including new paint, flooring, and restroom fixtures
- A new orchestra addition at Central Junior High School to allow students to remain on their campus and eliminate the need for students to use KEYS High School for instruction, rehearsal, and equipment storage
- Relocating the main entry of Euless Junior High School due to the expansion of Highway 183
- New classroom technology and portable devices for students
- Replacement of aging equipment, such as desktop and laptop computers
"The District's 2011 bond focused on renovations and improvements to high school facilities," said David Garcia, Deputy Superintendent of Business Operations. "This bond includes improvements to all five junior high schools, many of which are more than 40 years old."
The district has lowered the Interest & Sinking tax rate for six consecutive years, and the current tax rate is the lowest it has been in over 20 years. If passed, the estimated maximum tax impact of this bond is 9.4 cents or approximately $13.71 per month for a home valued at $200,000. The tax increase would be phased in over two years with an increase of 4.3 cents in 2018 and an additional 5.1 cents in 2019. HEB ISD property taxes for residents age 65 and older would not be affected by the bond election as long as a homestead and over 65 exemption application have been filed with the local appraisal district.
HEB ISD residents will have the opportunity to vote on the bond referendum during Early Voting, April 23-May 1, and on Election Day, Saturday, May 5. More information about the bond proposal can be found at www.HEBISDBond.com .