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About the 2014 Bond

About the bond...

In July 2014, the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously called for a bond election Nov. 4. The $132 million in funding, which was approved by voters 65/35, is dedicated to realigning grades, building new facilities to manage growth, eliminating portable buildings and addressing other infrastructure repairs and replacement.

The proposal for a bond was generated after the district undertook an intensive process with the leadership of a Long Range Facility Planning Committee. The committee was comprised of community members, board members and other stakeholders who studied the district’s operations at every level. Their findings and recommendations were later supported by the Board of Trustees in the form of a resolution that passed unanimously.

Grade Realignment
The committee’s foremost recommendation was for Bryan ISD to realign grades such that elementary campuses would house grades Pre-K/K-4, two intermediate schools (Rayburn & Long) would serve grades 5-6, two middle schools would serve grades 7-8 (Davila & Stephen F. Austin) and the district’s existing high schools would continue to serve grades 9-12.

The realignment groups all 5th and 6th graders into two campuses, with the goal of improving academic results for students who are no longer elementary-aged but not quite middle school-aged, either. Grouping these students for intensive, grade-specific focus is aimed at addressing the statewide trend of lowered academic performance as students transition during this pivotal phase of life.

New Construction, Repurposed Properties
The bond package includes building a replacement Stephen F. Austin (SFA) Middle School campus on the current school’s property, making use of existing athletic facilities and rehabilitating the Bryan Civic Auditorium for Fine Arts productions and other events. The existing SFA building, an important historical property, will be repurposed to aggregate administrative functions under one roof. The bond also allows Sul Ross Elementary to be rebuilt with weather, safety and other factors at the forefront of design.

As recommended by the facility committee, the bond-related projects allow the district to repurpose Milam Elementary to house the district’s MC Harris School for over-aged and under-credited students. That project, combined with housing administrative departments together at the former SFA campus, allows the district to sell properties and make them available for economic development.

The bond also includes, among other things, many of the projects that a facility study identified as “Priority 1,” including HVAC repairs, technology infrastructure, roof replacements and more. Nine schools would be slated to receive additional classrooms and other projects aimed at improving the learning environment for students. If approved by voters, all schools in Bryan ISD would be affected by bond-related projects (with the exception of Neal Elementary, which received $3 million in improvements during the summer of
2014).

Tax Impact
The district’s financial advisors estimated the tax impact for the owner of a home with the value of $100,000 would be 17 cents/day ($5/month, $60/year). The estimated tax impact on the owner of a $300,000 home would be 49 cents/day ($15/month, $180/year).

NOTE: Homeowners aged 65-and-older are protected from tax rate increases by a ceiling on their rates.

Visit the links on the right-hand side of the page for additional facts related to the 2014 Bryan ISD Bond Election.