The Facts About The EPISD Bond – Adding It Up

We’re not going to tell you which way to vote on the EPISD $668,695,577 bond (If voters pass the EPISD measure on Nov. 8, the property tax rate would rise by 18.8 cents to $1.42 per $100 property valuation).  Instead, we’re going to give you the FACTS about the bond, what is included and the $$ associated with those items.  That way, YOU can decide whether or not the EPISD bond is worth it.  We pullled all of this information from the Facilities Advisory Board Committee Presentation to Board of Trustees:

Athletics (Total $32,059,000):

  • Turf replace (all high schools), track and tennis courts (8 HS), court/field lighting: $26,059,000
  • Playgrounds, shading, court renovations (outdoor learning environment): $6,000,000.

Safety & Security (Total $750,400):

  • Perimeter Security (fencing/lighting/sensors): $750,400

Technology (Total $16,605,000):

  • Student laptops, Middle School PowerUp Rollout 2017: $4,065,000
  • Teacher laptop refresh through 2019: $2,500,000
  • Neighborhood WiFi: $500,000
  • Network Infrastructure (cabling, controllers, routers, switches, access points): $9,540,000

Transportation (Total $8,472,295):

  • 24 regular and 23 special needs buses (2016- 17): $4,831,061
  • 12 special needs buses (2017-18): $1,268,260
  • 12 regular buses (2018-19): $1,273,386
  • 10 special needs buses (2019-20): $1,099,588

Elementary Schools (Total $24,262,029):

  • Hughey (partial rebuild): $13,160,886
  • Crockett (major renovation): $11,101,143

Middle Schools (Total $74,150,970):

  • Northeast Middle School replacing Bassett: $34,628,127
  • Ross (rebuild): $39,522,843

High Schools (Total $274,623,805):

  • Austin (major renovation): $32,082,302
  • El Paso (major renovation, fine arts addition): $21,084,597
  • Andress (major renovation): $23,307,049
  • Coronado (partial rebuild): $73,885,792
  • Irvin (rebuild Phase 2): $27,849,309
  • Burges (partial rebuild): $56,783,048
  • Jefferson (partial rebuild), Silva (major renovation): $39,631,708

Consolidations (Total $237,772,078):

  • Bradley ES consolidating Fannin ES: $20,761,215
  • Henderson MS PK-8 consolidating Clardy ES: $42,344,101
  • Lincoln PK-8 consolidating Bond ES and Roberts ES: $47,822,384
  • MacArthur PK-8 consolidating Bonham ES: $19,874,484
  • Morehead PK-8 consolidating Johnson ES: $38,043,366
  • Terrace Hills PK-8 consolidating Collins ES: $38,291,809
  • Dowell ES consolidating Schuster ES and Crosby ES: $30,634,719

The bonds would be issued in three phases, EPISD Chief Financial Officer Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria said. This bond is the largest that El Paso has ever voted on, nearly $200 million higher than the $473 million quality of life measure passed in 2012.

 

 

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