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Bond 2016 & TRE
SAISD Taking Applications for Bond 2016 Citizens Advisory Committee
Thank you SAISD Community!
On November 8, 2016, San Antonio ISD voters approved two separate ballot propositions to support school building renovations, 21st-century classrooms and increased academic support.
Both the $450 million bond and the Tax Ratification Election (TRE) to raise the District’s Maintenance & Operations tax rate by 13 cents passed with more than 70 percent voter approval.
The $450 million bond will fund major renovations for 13 schools, replacing infrastructure systems that in most cases are more than 40 years old, upgrading science labs and expanding other classroom spaces to meet recommended state guidelines.
The increase in the M&O tax rate will bring in an estimated $32.1 million in additional annual operating revenue, $15.6 million from local taxes and an estimated $16.5 million from the state. The additional revenue will support increased academic offerings for students, technology for the classrooms and upgrades to the learning environment.
“We are grateful to the voters and thank the community for taking the time to understand the needs of our students and schools,” said Pedro Martinez, SAISD Superintendent. “We will continue to partner with all of our stakeholders as we work to transform SAISD into a model urban school district.”
The District is committed to remaining good stewards of taxpayer dollars. The SAISD Board will establish a Citizens Bond Advisory Committee to monitor and report to the Board and the public on the progress of the bond program's implementation.
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Bond 2016 and TRE Update
Bond 2016 and TRE – First steps
Dec. 6, 2016
A Board meeting was held to discuss the implementation process for Bond 2016 and the TRE on Monday, Dec. 5.
First-priority actions related to the bond include issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architects, engineers and other consultants to design and oversee construction of the bond projects. The plan is to assemble that team over the next few months. This spring, community meetings will be held with the architects at each of the 13 schools getting bond funding.
We are also moving forward to form a Bond 2016 Citizens Advisory Committee. The Blue Ribbon Task Force recommended that the Board appoint this committee, which will monitor and report to Trustees and the public about progress of the bond projects. The Board will finalize details on the process early in the new year.
Planning for the TRE-funded programs is focused on the categories of 21st-century classrooms and academic support.
To help in prioritizing which schools will be first on the list for 21st-century classroom projects, the District will conduct a comprehensive facility assessment of the 40 highest-need campuses – with factors including age and condition of school buildings, technology infrastructure, and new or updated programs requiring facility modifications.
We expect to start with one major project in the summer of 2017, increasing the number of projects to three a year starting summer of 2018 and going forward. Over time, we plan to fund classroom renovations for all schools that did not benefit from Bond 2010 and were not included in Bond 2016.
Prioritization for technology devices starts with identifying areas with the most-dire needs. A five-year technology plan is also underway, to be presented in the spring.
Already in the works for increased academic support is the expansion of our new Multi-Age Accelerated Classrooms program, which began as a small pilot this school year to help put back on track students who have been retained, or are well behind academically. We will now take the program to scale across the District with the help of a federal grant and with some revenue from the TRE. That initiative will include extended days and an extensive summer school program to begin this June.
We are also developing plans for after-school programs to provide students across the District with increased extracurricular offerings in fine arts, athletics and ROTC.
We will be sharing more details as the plans further develop.