HISD bond among Houstonians' biggest decisions

November 6, 2012 1:13:17 PM PST
One of, if not the, biggest ballot initiatives this election is the Houston ISD bond issue. It's nearly $2 billion.

Here's how the HISD bond would break down, if approved:

The bond is $1.89 billion and would provide upgrades to 38 schools in the district.

It includes 20 new campuses for aging high schools like Madison, Bellaire, Lamar and Yates. It would also build three new elementary school campuses.

The bond also calls for $100 million in technical improvements across the district.

If the bond is approved, voters would see a $.0485 tax hike by 2017. That equates to about $70 a year for the average taxpayer.

The district says design work on the new schools would begin in early 2013 and construction would start in 2014.

The proposal details are outline below (info from HISD):

Provide new campuses for 20 high schools:
Austin
Bellaire
Davis
DeBakey
Eastwood
Furr
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Jordan
Lamar
Lee
Madison
Milby
North Early College
Sam Houston
Sharpstown
South Early College Sterling
Washington
Worthing
Yates

Partially replace four high schools:
Waltrip
Young Men's College Prep Academy
Westbury
Young Women's College Prep Academy

Renovate four high schools:
Jones
Kashmere
Scarborough
Sharpstown International

Convert five elementary schools into K-8 campuses:
Garden Oaks Montessori
Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion School at Gordon
Pilgrim Academy
Wharton Dual Language School
Wilson Montessori

Build three new elementary school campuses:
Askew
Parker
Relief school on the west side

Replace/complete two new middle school campuses:
Grady (new addition to complete new campus)
Dowling (new campus)

In addition, the proposed measure would include funds that would improve conditions for students in all HISD schools. Those proposals include:
$100 million for district-wide technology improvements
$42.7 million to replace regional field houses and improve athletic facilities
$35 million to renovate middle school restrooms
$17.3 million for district-wide safety and security improvements

See the full details of HISD's bond proposal on their website, HoustonISD.org.


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