Alvin ISD Trustees call school bond election

The Alvin ISD Trustees voted to call a school bond election at a special meeting on August 8 that will include more schools, facility improvements and renovations, and enhanced security features for all district campuses. The proposal will go before voters on November 5.

Contents of the school bond proposal were recommended by the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), a group of parents,local citizens, and school staff. “The CAC worked long and hard for about six months to figure out the best options to address the fast growth that the district is experiencing,” said David Becker, co-chair of the group.

The recommended package totals $212,445,000 and includes funds for the District’s third high school to accommodate 2,500 students; elementary 16 for 800 students; replacing Longfellow Elementary on the original site to accommodate 800 students, land and design for elementary 17 and 18; a junior high school in Manvel to accommodate 1,000 students; renovation and expansion of Alvin Junior High for 300 more students, land for junior high seven; design and related costs for a Career and Technical Education Facility, and a new Godwin Ag Facility to improve instructional access. Also in the proposal are safety and security projects, including the addition of more secure entrances on older campuses, replacing outdated communication systems and adding surveillance cameras. The proposal also includes land and design for a centralized facility for a district athletic stadium, satellite transportation center and district competition swimming pool (natatorium).
With their focus on meeting the educational needs of students and their commitment to being good stewards of tax dollars, the Board voted to allocate $8.6 million from available fund balance and $3.46 million from current maintenance and operations funds to cover some of the projects recommended by the CAC. “These include items with shorter term use such as band uniforms, buses and technology,” said Tommy King, deputy superintendent for business. Additionally, due to lower construction costs, the District has $28,095,000 of authorized, yet unissued, bond funds available from the 2009 bond referendum which will also be used to fund bond some of the projects.

“Student enrollment has been steadily increasing in Alvin ISD and according to Templeton Demographics, we expect to see a continued increase of approximately 800 students a year for the next five years,” said Dr. Fred Brent, superintendent of schools. “We are a dynamic learning organization committed to excellence for all students and every program, and we must prepare for this growth in order to ensure that the students of Alvin ISD continue to receive the best educational opportunities possible,” he added.
The majority of the Trustees voted to call the election during the special meeting. Trustees Sue Stringer and Mike Lansford were not in favor of calling the election. All of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee recommendations are included in the bond proposal and a community survey conducted in June also supported the bond projects. “Now it is up to the voters,” said Tiffany Wennerstrom, president Alvin ISD Board of Trustees.

Additional information about the bond election will be available on the Alvin ISD website in the very near future. In addition, information will be distributed to taxpayers and presentations will be conducted throughout the community in the upcoming weeks. Early voting starts Monday, October 21 and ends November 1 and will be held at several locations throughout the District. Applications for voting by mail can be requested after September 6 and before October 25.

Since Election Day is November 5, citizens must be registered to vote by October 7. For additional information, visit www.alvinisd.net or call 281-388-1130.