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Bond 2020

On Nov. 3, 2020, San Antonio ISD voters overwhelmingly passed two propositions totaling $1.3 billion that will go toward renovations of 36 campuses.

Under Proposition A, totaling $1.21 billion, the bond will address significant renovation needs for 36 campuses. This includes 21 schools whose main buildings have not been fully renovated in more than 50 years, and most with 30-year-old infrastructure. In addition, funds will go toward the final phase to complete campus renovations at 15 schools that received partial renovations under Bond 2016 or Bond 2010. 

Of the 43 schools with the oldest infrastructure on the long-range facilities master plan, this bond will fund renovations for nearly half of them, and completely renovate the majority of the largest schools. 

All SAISD schools will benefit from the 2020 bond with security upgrades. In addition, all outdated air-conditioning chillers will be replaced, benefiting another 30 campuses, and at the 21 aging schools to receive renovations, high-quality, modern HVAC systems will be installed as part of that work, boosting indoor air quality by allowing for fresh air from the outside to be pulled into the system and circulated throughout the school.

Additionally, funds will go toward buildings with new school models, including Rodriguez Montessori Elementary and Young Women's Leadership Academy – Primary, to renovate classroom spaces as grade levels are added. 

Under Proposition B, at $90 million, technology upgrades in every classroom will provide high-speed connectivity, individual devices, support tools, interactive smart boards and audio systems.

The decision to move forward on the Nov. 3 elections followed recommendations from a community-based Blue Ribbon Task Force, as part of the District long-range facilities master plan.

Bond 2016

In 2016, voters also approved a $450 million bond program that takes into account 13 campuses. Renovations include replacing infrastructure systems that, in most cases, are more than 40 years old, upgrading science labs and expanding other classroom spaces to meet or exceed recommended state guidelines.

The 13 schools are: Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Sam Houston, Lanier and Jefferson high schools, Davis, Rogers and Tafolla middle schools, Irving Academy and JT Brackenridge and Bowden elementaries. 

The program is 65 percent complete, and includes a completely new build for Burbank High School, as well as a new three-story academic building for Rogers Middle School. 

Bond 2016 is expected to formally wrap up in 2022 with the demolition of the old Burbank High School. Students are slated to move into their brand new building at the start of school in the fall of 2021.

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