Austin school district considers nearly $890 million bond

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 9:15 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Austin School District is moving forward with a new bond proposal.

Monday evening the school board will get all the details of an $889.9 million package.
 
The district appointed an advisory committee to look through the district's needs. The committee began working last June, setting up meetings and taking in public input. It’s since created a bond proposal that splits the needs district-wide into four major categories.
 
According to the proposal: 
  • $130 million would go toward health, environment, equipment and technology
  • $264 million would go toward safety, security and overcrowding relief
  • $145 million would go toward academic programs including athletics and fine arts
  • $349 million would go toward school renovations and repairs 
“Allocating money to schools that are in need of repairs is very necessary,” said AISD parent Angelica Noyola.
 
According to the proposal at least five elementary schools are in need of room additions, including Blazier, Cook, Doss, Perez and Pillow. Two middle schools, Burnet and Murchison, would also get additions.
 
Each AISD campus would also be evaluated for renovation needs.
 
If approved by the board, the district would then ask voters for approval. It would mean rising property taxes. The average Austin homeowner in a home worth $200,000 would pay about $70 more a year.
 
Monday’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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