The Abilene ISD Board of Trustees voted to call a $138,679,000 bond election for November 6, 2018. The proposed projects include replacing three existing elementary schools and addressing growing student programs at several middle school and high school campuses.
The bond package includes funds for the following potential projects:
Replace three elementary schools: Austin, Dyess and Taylor
Construct a career and technology center
Update fine arts facilities at the District’s high schools and two middle schools
Update athletics facilities at Shotwell Stadium, the District’s high schools and four middle schools
Replace HVAC systems at multiple campuses
The committee that developed this proposal was made up of local citizens, parents, and civic and business leaders. Members met eight times over the course of four months to consider the educational needs of all Abilene ISD students. The committee reviewed the district-wide facility assessment, results from a community survey, district financial information, tax impact scenarios, and toured several existing campuses before developing and prioritizing potential project considerations.
“I am thankful for the Committee’s hard work and commitment to the students of Abilene ISD as each member played an important role in helping us plan for the future,” said Superintendent Dr. David Young. “I’m also grateful to the Board of Trustees for its leadership and thoughtful consideration of the projects that will have an impact on the District for years to come.”
If the bond election is approved, the estimated tax impact of this bond is $0.19 for a total tax rate of $1.39. For an average taxable home value of $107,000, this represents an increase of approximately $12.14 per month.
Abilene ISD residents will have the opportunity to vote on the bond referendum on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. In addition, early voting begins October 22 and runs through November 2.