Conexión Del Río / Staff Report
February 9, 2017– During a Special Called SFDRCISD School Board Meeting held on February 8, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved a $60 million school bond election order. The Board of Trustees and administration are pleased to be able to capitalize on the current State of Texas Existing Debt Allotment which will pay 55% of bond indebtedness. As a result, tax payers will only be asked to pay 45 cents of every dollar financed.
The Board approved the 2017 Bond Package based on recommendations from previous Citizens Committees. The 2013 Citizens Committee recommended future construction projects to include a new elementary school and a middle school STEM Magnet; the 2014 Citizens Committee was then charged with recommending elementary school construction sites and grade configurations; and finally, the 2016 Citizens Committee was tasked in developing a five-year construction plan which would implement the work of the previous two committees, as well as provide for the implementation of the District’s Strategic Development Plan. Each of the Citizens’ Committees diligently engaged in conversations with district and campus staff, and the community.
The $60 million bond election will provide two new elementary campuses (one which will be built to the north of the district’s boundaries and the other at a central location at the current Irene C. Cardwell Elementary school site), extensive improvements to Del Rio High School and renovations and improvements throughout all campuses district-wide.
It is anticipated that the new elementary school built in the center of town will serve as a comprehensive elementary school. The Pre-K students (currently enrolled at Cardwell) will be transitioned to the Lamar Elementary campus. The District’s administration will be hosting various community forums as well as making presentations to all civic organizations during the months of March and April to fully explain the bond program.
The bond election will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with early voting beginning Monday, April 24th through Friday, April 28th. Additional early voting will be held on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th as well as on Monday, May 1st and Tuesday, May 2nd. Polling locations include Buena Vista Elementary (Pct. 30, 31, and 33), San Felipe Memorial Middle School (Pct. 10, 11, 12, and 13), SFDRCISD Student Performance Center and Administration Building (Pct. 40 and 41), and at Del Rio Middle School (Pct. 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24).