BOARD APPROVES CALLING NOV. 5 BOND ELECTION
The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday, August 19 to call a bond election for November 5, 2019.
Trustees approved the Bearcat Growth Committee’s (BGC) recommendation of a $149,950,000 bond proposal, which will be presented on the ballot as a single proposition and will not include a tax rate increase.
The BGC, which was led by community co-chairs Christi James and Jim Scott and included 36 fellow community members, held 10 meetings from January to August examining the District’s increasing student enrollment growth data, financial information, district-wide facility needs, and instructional goals. The BGC built a bond recommendation which focuses on student capacity needs and learning spaces at the middle and elementary school levels.
The bond package includes funding for two new campuses, renovations to three existing campuses, replacement furniture at three elementary schools, land for future school sites, and school buses.
Templeton Demographics projects that Aledo Middle School will exceed maximum student capacity in one year (by 2020-2021), and that the District’s maximum elementary school capacity will be exceeded in two years (by 2021-2022).
To address the enrollment growth and capacity at the middle school level, the BGC’s bond proposal includes a new Middle School No. 2 ($62.5 million) and a large-scale renovation/expansion of the current Aledo Middle School ($33.4 million). With this plan, Aledo ISD moves to a 6th-8th grade middle school configuration. If the bond program is approved by voters, Middle School No. 2 will be located on land owned by the District on Old Weatherford Road.
The proposition also includes a new Elementary School No. 6 ($35.8 million) that would be located on District-owned property on FM 5 in Annetta on the southwest side of the District.
The BGC’s proposal includes renovations to McAnally Intermediate (current 6th grade campus) and Vandagriff Elementary (K-5th). McAnally would be renovated to become an Elementary School ($9.6 million), and Vandagriff would be renovated into an Early Childhood Campus ($1.7 million) serving children in the District’s Pre-Kindergarten program and Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, with a planned expansion of the District’s early childcare program for employees’ children.
The package also includes replacement furniture ($1.8 million) at Coder, Stuard and McCall Elementary schools to support the District’s learning focus on collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
The bond package also includes land for future school sites ($4.5 million) and buses ($500,000).
Early voting for the November 5 election begins Monday, October 21 and ends Friday, November 1. Early voting locations include the Aledo ISD Administration building and the Willow Park Municipal building. The last day to register to vote is October 7. Click here to view all the Parker County early voting locations.
School officials will be providing informational presentations throughout the community during the fall leading to the November 5 election. Aledo ISD bond information can be found on the District’s bond website (aledoisdbond.org) and includes demographic reports, bond presentations, frequently asked questions, financial presentations, and details about the Bearcat Growth Committee process.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a bond presentation for your organization or neighborhood, contact Rick Herrin, Aledo ISD Director of Communications at 817-441-8327 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Middle School No. 2
- Aledo Middle School Renovation/Expansion
- Elementary School No. 6
- McAnally Intermediate Renovation to Elementary School
- Vandagriff Renovation to Early Childhood Campus
- Coder Elementary, Stuard Elementary, McCall Elementary furniture replacement
- Land for future school sites
- School buses
- Middle School No. 2