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LISD Board Calls for November Bond Election

LISD Board Calls for November Bond Election
Posted on 08/23/2017
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After seven months of research, surveying and carefully considering all options to address Leander ISD’s continued student growth, our Board of Trustees last week voted unanimously to call for a bond election. Voters in LISD will decide this November on a $454.4 million bond package that addresses enrollment growth, student safety and building maintenance for existing facilities.

If approved, the bond will fund four news schools and purchase land for future schools; accommodate growth at Vandegrift High School and Leander Middle School; improve vestibule and front entry safety; add or improve Career & Technology Education (CTE) facilities at most high schools; replace outdated classroom technology; and build a satellite transportation facility to service bus routes in the high-growth northern part of the district.

Projected enrollment growth, as well as careful debt management through bond refinancing and pay-as-you-go structuring, would help offset the bond expense, resulting in no tax rate change for LISD residents. Likewise, residents ages 65 and older who have filed a homestead exemption would be unaffected by the passage of a bond package.

Our community — 155 volunteers who served on the Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) and participants in our web and phone survey — guided the process to address areas of need identified by our stakeholders.

Our Board of Trustees weighed the BAC’s recommendations and selected projects to address growth, safety and facility improvements.

From the BAC’s presentation in June, the Board ultimately decided to include several optional items that support CTE. Those projects include construction of agriculture facilities at Glenn and Vandegrift high schools and renovations to the agriculture facility at Leander High School; additions to the JROTC building at Vista Ridge High School; and creation of CTE incubator classrooms at Vandegrift and Vista Ridge high schools.

Additionally, the final bond package scaled back funding for network infrastructure improvements and projects deferred for completion at a later date.

Those who have lived in LISD for the past 10 years know what kind of growth our area has experienced. We have grown by 11,828 students since then, and we are expected to grow by about 1,200 students per year for the next decade.

In the coming months, our Leander ISD team will be sharing more information about the specific projects in this bond package so our voters can make an informed decision.

Early voting will take place from Oct. 23 through Nov. 3, with election day on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 10. If you are unsure of your registration status, you can get more information at VoteTexas.gov.

To see the complete list of projects and read more about the bond process, please visit www.LeanderISD.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.