AISD Trustees Unanimously Approve Bond Election

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The AISD Board of Trustees Thursday voted unanimously to place a $663.1 million bond package on the May 10 ballot.

The Board’s decision was made following a comprehensive facilities assessment and extensive study conducted by a 38-member Capital Needs Steering Committee, comprised of students, parents, teachers, principals, community members, business representatives, college and university representatives, and three board members serving in an ex-officio capacity. The Capital Needs Steering Committee began meeting in September and reviewed a great amount of data and feedback ranging from the district’s facilities assessment results and enrollment projections, to community dialogue questionnaire and survey responses and input from the staff and Board. More than 3,400 people provided feedback during the planning process.

Passage of the $663.1 million bond issue would fund:

Facilities: $552,338,327

  • Districtwide career and technical center
  • Districtwide agricultural science facility
  • Renovation of existing career/technical spaces at each high school
  • Districtwide fine arts center
  • Renovation/upgrade of existing fine arts spaces at each high school
  • Districtwide athletics complex for swimming and diving, gymnastics, and wrestling
  • Renovation of existing athletics spaces at each high school
  • Multi-purpose activity center for athletics and fine arts at each high school
  • Junior high and high school special education alternative curriculum centers in south Arlington (one each)
  • Relocate Newcomer Center and Venture High School to Ferguson Junior High
  • Workman Junior High classroom addition
  • Two new elementaries – in north Arlington and east Arlington – to relieve over-crowding
  • Repurpose Corey and Roquemore elementaries for elementary fine arts/dual language academies
  • Two science labs and a strings room at each elementary
  • Site acquisition
  • Building condition improvements/additions and life cycle replacements identified through comprehensive facilities assessment, which include security entrances at elementary campuses, additional keyless entry points at all schools, parking lot improvements and expansion, flooring and ceiling improvements, landscaping, mechanical and plumbing upgrades, electrical repairs, scheduled roof replacements and repairs, heating and air conditioning replacements/upgrades, lighting for junior high athletic fields, junior high tracks, and ADA accessibility issues

Fine Arts: $9,828,738

  • Instruments
  • Uniforms
  • Risers and choir shells

Safety, Security & Technology: $82,633,000

  • Security cameras, digital signage, public address systems, bus tracking and wireless phones for campus administrators
  • Technology infrastructure including wireless enhancements, additional Internet access, video technology, new voicemail system, disaster recovery, broadcast studio and board room audio-visual equipment
  • Scheduled equipment replacements
  • Increase technology access through additional mobile devices for students and teachers
  • Classroom technology standards – teacher laptops, projectors and screens, and document cameras
  • Campus transformation initiatives through campus grants for innovative uses of technology that transform learning in the classroom
  • Technology for special instructional and co-curricular programs including art, athletics, journalism, library services and special education

Transportation: $18,279,213

  • Regular education buses – replace 59 and add 12
  • Special education buses – replace 37 and add six
  • Service vehicles for student programs, security and maintenance – replace 130 and add 20

The AISD’s current tax rate of $1.29217 is the third-lowest rate of all Tarrant County school districts. If the bond proposition passes, the debt service portion of the tax rate is projected to increase by about 15 cents from 2016 through 2020. Based on a $100,000 home, property owners in the Arlington ISD would see a tax increase of approximately $126 per year or $10 per month more than they are currently paying in taxes. For taxpayers with an over-65 homestead exemption, there will be no tax increase as AISD taxes on their homestead are frozen.

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  1. Why are we spending so much on athletics? Only a very small portion of students participate. It is not educational and does not teach job skills. We also need to stop teaching students in other languages. We are doing these students a disservice. Teach them English in an intensive language course when they first enroll. That way they will be able to be fully able to function and integrate into American society. I thought we outlawed separate but equal a very long time ago. It would also save the school district money. I am happy to see that buildings and school facilities will be upgraded. Also providing upgraded technology is a great investment. I hope the funding for fine arts includes resources for Drama and Fine Arts as well as Music. As for the new buses, I hope they will be natural gas of hybrids and include seat belts. I’m happy to support this bond as long as the money is used wisely. Our kids are our future!

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