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Frequently 
Asked Questions

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Why is BISD proposing a new Elementary School?  Can the existing facility be renovated?

The elementary campus was constructed in 1929.  After a comprehensive assessment by outside consultants, it was determined that the elementary campus is well beyond its design life and it no longer meets current State standards.  Over $13M in capital improvements were identified for the elementary through the assessments.  However, these improvements could not increase classroom sizes or conform the building with current State standards. With input from staff and community members, it was recommended that the BISD consider a new elementary campus.

How will the bonds be paid for?

Each year the Board of Trustees sets a tax rate in two parts.  One part M&O (Maintenance & Operations) is used to cover operating costs (salaries, supplies, equipment, utilities, etc.).  The second part, I&S (Interest & Sinking) pays off principal and interest due on the bonds.  The maximum estimated increase to the District’s I&S rate is $0.50/$100 of taxable value.  Refer to the “Tax Impact” section for estimated costs based on various home values.

What about the High School Campus?
The Secondary Campus was also evaluated as part of the comprehensive assessment.  While capital improvements were identified for the campus, it was determined that the facility still has some usable life.  The District must also work within its debt limits.  Accordingly, with the help of staff and community members, the Elementary Campus was prioritized for the first phase.  Other recommendations included addressing challenges at Boling High School as funding is available.
Does the District have other facilities needs?
The assessment identified capital improvements districtwide totaling almost $54M.  As with Newgulf, these improvements could not address the small classroom sizes or educational adequacy across the District.  With the help of staff and community members, as part of a long-range strategic plan, options were discussed and prioritized. Recommendations for addressing other facilities needs will be addressed as funding is available.
Will my taxes go up if I am 65 years old or older?
No. The Texas Constitution provides for persons 65 years old or older, who have a qualified homestead exemption, to be exempt from a school district property tax increase.
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