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SAISD Bond 2010

The SAISD Board of Trustees has called for a $515 million bond election for November 2, 2010. The funds would pay for renovations to schools across the district—where some buildings are more than 100 years old, and almost half are more than 50 years old.

Aging facilities create challenges, as major systems need to be repaired or replaced. The bond would address infrastructure repairs for a number of schools, as well as classroom additions and upgrades to meet current standards for instructional environments.

Also included in the proposal are campus safety, security and technology enhancements, new or renovated space for career and vocational programs, new playground equipment and athletic tracks, and the renovation of Alamo Stadium and Convocation Center.

This past summer, a community-based committee representing all areas of the district helped to determine the details and priorities for a possible bond package. The committee's work followed approval by the School Board last April to move forward with the first phase of implementation of the long-range restructuring plan, which also was developed by a community committee over the last couple of years.

By implementing Phase I of the restructuring plan and consolidating five schools, SAISD would not only bring many schools up to standard, but the District would also save up to $10 million annually in operating costs—and generate total savings of $100 million over a 10-year period, to be reinvested into the classroom.

The bond would fund seven categories of improvements:

  1. Safety & Security upgrades, $43.9M – improved lighting, new fire alarms, key-card access controls, security cameras and fencing at 68 schools. (The additional campuses will be maintained and enhanced as needed with non-bond funding.)
  2. Technology Upgrades, $6.2M – new classroom computers and related hardware to replace aging equipment and provide increased student access to technology for 68 schools. (The additional campuses will receive computers through non-bond funding.)
  3. Renovations & Additions, $347.4M – extensive renovations to 22 schools -- 14 fully updated to modern facilities. Includes infrastructure repairs, and classroom additions and renovations.
  4. Vocation & Career Instruction, $73.8M – new or upgraded facilities for high school career programs; and the addition of career technology labs at middle schools.
  5. Playgrounds and Track Resurfacing, $6.1M – new or improved playground equipment for 48 elementary/PK-8 schools; and all weather track resurfacing and lighting at seven high schools for use by students and surrounding community.
  6. Alamo Stadium and Convocation Center, $35M – Renovations for infrastructure involving electrical, plumbing (water and sewer systems), storm drainage system; sidewalks, parking, stone walls restoration, lighting, landscaping and irrigation; ADA access; stadium and convocation center play areas, seating, restrooms, locker rooms, concessions, press boxes, storage, sports lighting, and sound and security systems.
  7. Transportation Efficiency, $2.5M – provides for necessary space for bus transportation center, resulting in shorter bus travel distances; and supports consolidation of all transportation, maintenance and facilities operations for additional cost savings and operational efficiency.

No bond funds would be used on schools proposed for consolidation –those schools would be maintained out of the District operating budget.

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Major School Renovations Proposed in Bond 2010

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22 schools would receive extensive renovations –
14 fully updated to modern facilities.

For a complete list of schools with details on proposed funding, click here.