Voters In Arlington ISD To Vote On Nearly $1B Bond Package

Andrew Greenstein
August 14, 2019 - 6:33 am
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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - A massive bond election will be before voters in the Arlington ISD this November.

The district is asking for $966 million to fund its capital needs through 2025.

Most of the money would be used to raze and rebuild four aging schools -- Carter Junior High School and Berry, Thornton and Webb elementary schools.

Those four schools have an average age of 61 years.

Other capital needs the bond money would be used for include:

• Renovations and furnishings for full-day Pre-K classrooms

• Junior high and high school fine arts/dual language academies

• New playgrounds and shade structures for all elementary schools

• An addition to the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center to meet program demand and allow for program expansion

• Renovate one existing high school field to be the 3rd varsity competition field in the district

• Upgrades to athletics facilities and fine arts spaces

• New fine arts instruments and uniforms

• New school buses

• Safety and security upgrades

What the bond package will not include will be a tax rate increase.

"Because of our fiscal stewardship and paying down indebtedness from past elections, there is no tax increase with this," trustee Dr. Aaron Reich said at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

"As a board, we are excited about giving our voters the opportunity to address so many district needs that directly affect our students, and do it without raising the district's tax rate," board president Kecia Mays said in a statement following the vote.

The election will be held November 5th.