Voters OK TISD bond
Passage paves way for new elementary school, district-wide improvements.
Voters approved a $164.8 million bond package Saturday that includes the construction of a new elementary school and fine arts academy in southeast Temple. The above rendering shows a proposed courtyard area of the school, which would serve an estimated 800 kids.
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Temple ISD voters approved a $164.8 million bond package Saturday that includes the construction of a southeast Temple elementary school and fine arts academy, the addition of 12 classrooms across three campuses, building a new auxiliary services facility and constructing competition fields at Temple’s middle schools.
The new bond package also includes upgrades to many existing facilities, improvements to the ag barn, construction of security entrances at three campuses and the elimination of all 20 portable buildings in the district.
According to TISD spokesman John Wallin, an estimated 55 percent of the more than 4,200 voters favored the bond.
“Passing a bond is the intersection between the community’s expectations and the needs of a school district,” said Dr. Bobby Ott, TISD superintendent.
“From the very beginning our goal has been to engage our community in a bond process that was transparent, inclusive and collaborative,” he said. “In the spirit of this standard, TISD further met with ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ voters after the November election. We made every modification requested through these community engagement sessions. This approved package highlights the value of community input from all perspectives. Every person matters – it all matters.”
The most significant project in the package is the construction of a new, unnamed elementary school and fine arts academy in the rapidly developing southeast Temple.
The approved package has an estimated tax impact of less than three cents, Ott said, and it will raise school district property taxes by $1.49 a month — or $17.70 per year — on a home in Temple ISD with an appraised value of $100,000.
Residents over 65 who have applied for a homestead exemption would not be affected by the increase.
Ott said Temple middle schools — Travis, Lamar and Bonham — are in need of outdoor athletic facilities for soccer, football and track.
“Lamar and Travis have no competition fields,” Ott said. “Right now, these schools are playing at Woodson. Bonham has a field, but no stands. They all need restrooms, stands and a place for concessions.”
The bond’s passing means upgrades will be made at Bonham, and football/soccer fields will be built at Travis and Lamar.
“We don’t own the land behind Travis — the city does,” Ott said. “But the city has committed to partner with us and the field will be used by Travis, Ralph Wilson Youth Club and by youth sports leagues.”
While Travis and Bonham will have tracks around the football/soccer fields, Lamar will not.
“The footprint of the athletic field at Lamar is not quite big enough,” Ott said. “That campus will have the field, stands and a concession area, but they will use the Temple High track.”
Ott said middle school tracks are primarily used for practice and competitions are traditionally held at Wildcat Stadium.
Dan Posey, school board president, said board members “will continue to work diligently to ensure all projects are delivered in a way that continues to raise expectations for our students, families, staff and community.”