|(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees tonight is expected to officially call for a multi-million dollar bond election to be held on May 4. The bond package is expected to include $64.7 million in improvements, but it could be as high as $69.7 million if the school board decides to add new baseball and softball fields to the list of projects. |
The current list of projects include $39 million for the complete renovation of A.J. Briesemeister Middle School. District officials say this will essentially create a brand new campus, while using some of the existing bones of the AJB structure.
The district is proposing that $17.3 million be used to rebuild Matador Stadium at its existing site at Seguin High School. The stadium is 60 years old, and has a number of structural issues. It also doesn't meet ADA (American with Diabilities Act) requirements, and it needs to be brought up to code.
The other proposed improvements include $3.9 for the renovation of Jefferson Avenue Elementary School; $1.8 million for outdoor ADA accessible playscapes, including new play areas and shade canopies for all Seguin ISD elementary schools; $1 million for the land purchase of what will be the the future site of a new McQueeney Elementary School; and $1.7 million for various campus improvements to include drainage, HVAC, plumbing and furniture.
Those projects all total $64.7 million. The board may also choose to add the construction of new baseball and softball fields on the Seguin High School campus. District officials say the total costs of those two projects -- along with shared concessions and restrooms -- would be approximately $5 million. If those projects are added, the total bond package would be closer to $70 million.
The original package was recommended by the district's Facilities Committee, which was made up of community members and staff. The committee spent approximately one year working to develop a long-range facilities plan for the district. The committee divided the various projects into three tiers. The tier one projects were rated as those with the most pressing needs. The list of tier 1 projects totals more than $133 million. Committee members only recommended a fraction of that amount to the school board, and the $64.7 million price tag is based on what the group thought the district's taxpayers could afford at this time. If the bond projects are approved, taxpayers could expect five cents to be added to the current tax rate. The two additonal projects being considered by some members of the school board, if added and approved by voters, would raise the tax rate by 5.5 cents per $100 of property valuation.
The board has received a recommendation from both staff and the facilities committee, but it's ultimately up to the school board to decide if it wants to proceed with the bond election, and if so, what projects will be included on the ballot.
The special meeting of the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees gets undeway at 6:30 p.m. today in the Seguin ISD Board Room, located inside of Oak Park Mall.