Abilene ISD School Bond 2013

Abilene ISD School Bond 2013

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

After two years of collecting data and evaluating facilities, the Abilene ISD Board of Trustees formed a 16-member Citizens Master Facilities Planning Committee to study and make recommendations of needs. The Citizens Committee logged 265 volunteer hours of investigation, analysis and deliberation resulting in the following projects being recommended as high-priority needs, now presented as an $87.68 million bond proposal:{{more}}* Safety & security upgrades on all AISD campuses* New Bowie Elementary School* New Bonham Elementary School* New Johnston Elementary School* Consolidation of 4 Early Childhood campuses to 2 renovated locations at Jane Long and Crockett* ADA accessibility and restroom renovations * AHS, Cooper, Madison & Mann auditorium renovations/asbestos abatement* District-wide instructional technology improvements* Elimination of portables for instructional use at Madison & Mann* Campus traffic circulation and paving improvements* Major capital improvement projectsFrequently Asked QuestionsHow much will taxes go up?Based on the average value of homes in Abilene ISD of $92,669, taxes would increase $4.07 per month and $48.80 per year.As a senior citizen over the age of 65, how will my tax bill change?A taxpayer that is 65 and older, or the disabled, will not see an increase in their school taxes for their residential homestead values above the frozen levy amount as established when the Over-65 or Disabled exemption was granted.When will the work be completed?Some of the capital improvement, renovation and technology Retired Judge Jack Grant and Bruce Campbell listen to Dr. Heath Burns, Superintendent of AISD, make a presentation about the upcoming bond election. Photo by Floyd Miller upgrades can begin as early as 2014. The project schedule calls for all work to be complete within four years, and all the new elementary schools should be in service by the 2017-17 school year.Where will the new elementary campuses be located?All three new elementary school – Bonham, Bowie and Johnston – will be built on their current sites next to where the oldest buildings are now. Construction can progress while school is in session, and after completion, the old structures will be removed.What will happen to the new wings at Bonham and Bowie?The two new wings recently added at both campuses were designed and intended to be part of any future expansion at those school.Where can I get more of my questions answered? See the “Ask the Superintendent About the Bond” link at www.abileneisd.org.ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 5PRECINCT LOCATIONS: www.taylorcountytexas.org