Austin ISD Board Calls for November Bond Election
$1.05 billion proposal includes 16 new or modernized schools, no tax rate increase
Austin ISD trustees tonight called a $1.05 billion bond proposal that includes re-envisioning 21st-century learning spaces for 16 schools and districtwide projects, with no tax rate increase.
The proposal includes districtwide projects to address facility deficiencies as well as to support innovative programming such as the district's career launch program.
The basis for the recommendation was the recently approved Facility Master Plan, developed during a two-year, citizen-driven process led by the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee.
FABPAC gathered extensive community input throughout the FMP process, including 38 meetings, five community engagement series, more than 500 engagement opportunities and more than 5,000 single pieces of feedback from community members. All of this fed into the bond process, and engagement continues.
The FMP process identified nearly $4 billion in needs, and the bond is the first step in addressing those. Proposed bond projects balance those needs throughout the district, focusing on the "worst first" areas.
A complete list of projects will be available at aisdfuture.com. Early voting is Oct. 23-Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 7.