ROUND ROCK, Texas -- After a more than $500 million bond was voted down last year, Round Rock ISD leaders will present a new package of upgrades to voters this November.
Officials said it won’t raise anyone’s taxes.
A few Round Rock ISD campuses are currently under construction. If a new bond passes in November more upgrades will be on the way
"Over this 10-year period we’ve had one bond in Round Rock ISD for $299 million. The fact of the matter is it really hasn’t kept up with the infrastructure to keep everything running as it should," said Daniel Presley, Senior Chief of Schools and Innovation.
Last year a $272 million package for the growing district was voted down. This time a citizen bond committee was formed to help identify the most critical needs for the area schools
"It is very difficult to have a bond that addresses every single need in the district, it was a bit of a messy process because when you have a process that organic in nature you have different views and different needs from all parts of the district. But I think the citizens did a good job of analyzing everything," said Presley.
What will be voted on:
• A new elementary school on the district’s east side and renovations at Westwood and McNeil High School is a big part of the proposal.
• More than $127 million would go to capital renewal for district wide replacement of HVAC, electrical and plumbing plus new turf fields at different athletic venues such as reeves.
• Approximately $76 million would go to technology upgrades, which could mean new interactive flat panels in place of old projectors.
• Lastly, almost $30 million would go to safety and security, which could bring additional video surveillance and new student and staff badging systems.
Voting on the bond will take place Nov. 6.