Voters to decide $85 million GISD bond issue

October 19, 2013

Voters will consider an $85 million bond issue for renovations and additions to Granbury school district campuses.

The proposal includes a ninth-grade wing at the high school and controlled entrances at all campuses for better security.

Early voting starts Monday. The election is Nov. 5.

“Every student in our district will benefit,” Superintendent James Largent said.

The tax rate would increase 15 cents per $100 valuation for a total rate of $1.295. Annual school taxes would jump $170 on a $113,695 house, the average home value in the school district.

The tax hike was compared to “about a pizza a month.”

Tax increases get steeper on pricier homes. Taxes would go up $300 on a $200,000 home, $450 on a $300,000 home and $600 on a $400,000 home.

Taxes would not increase for property owners age 65 and older who filed for exemptions.

“This is something the community has recognized,” school board Secretary Nancy Alana said. “We can pretend that everything is just dandy.”

But it’s not, she said.

“We need to look ahead.”

That philosophy includes the following proposals:

HIGH SCHOOL

New ninth-grade wing that would move ninth-graders back to the high school. Crossland Ninth Grade Center would become the central administration building.

New Career and Technology Education (CTE) building. CTE classes are now spread over the campus.

Renovations and expansion of fine arts spaces.

Renovation of entire campus to add classrooms and modernization.

Largent said the improvements would equate to “basically a new high school.”

Ninth-graders would move back to the high school because busing those students back and forth between the campuses for extracurricular activities loses valuable classroom teaching time, supporters say.

ELEMENTARIES

New controlled entries and new gyms at Acton and Emma Roberson for better security.

INTERMEDIATE, MIDDLE SCHOOLS

New controlled entries for better security.

DISTRICT-WIDE

Campus technology upgrades.

New band equipment and instruments.

New buses.

Upgraded classroom furniture.

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