Bond 20242024-05-16T11:40:59-06:00
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Results

 Prop A – Passes

 Prop B – Passes

 Prop C – Passes

FOR AGAINST
75% 25%
FOR AGAINST
65% 35%
FOR AGAINST
72% 23%

Results shown are a combination of Comal and Guadalupe County cumulative data. 

Bond Summary

New Braunfels ISD’s 2024 bond is broken down into three key propositions: Facilities (Prop A), Stadium Projects (Prop B), and Technology (Prop C). Each proposition, if passed, addresses the continued growth of the District in many different ways. The bond spans across every aspect of NBISD – from buses and band equipment to school safety and facilities. The projects contemplated to be financed with this bond impact each campus, department, staff member and student in the District. We invite you to use this page as a guide to understanding the 2024 bond, and we extend a sincere thank you for your interest in NBISD.

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Total Projected Cost: $267,500,000
Total Projected Cost: $42,500,000
Total Projected Cost: $3,000,000

– NBHS Replacement Phase 2
– School Safety & Security Projects
– New Agricultural Sciences Facility

– LCHS Stadium
– Improvements to Unicorn Stadium
– Upgrades to benefit multiple student groups

– Student learning devices
– Staff computers
– Network hardware

Phase 2 of the New Braunfels High School replacement project represents a continuation of the Phase 1 projects approved by the voters in [2018/2021] to renovate, upgrade and update the facilities for the NBHS students.

The focal point of this phase is the construction of general education classrooms situated in the extended curved wing of the building. Additionally, Phase 2 will include the replacement of the athletic field house within the same curved wing.

The current library will be transformed into the new Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) space and a new outdoor obstacle course will be built. This rebuild of NBHS will also include all new facilities for fine arts and athletics. The fine arts department projects include a new auditorium, choir room, dance studio, band halls, and art rooms.

The new athletics facilities in Phase 2 include a new main gym, auxiliary gym, locker rooms, training room, and weight room. Additionally, the softball complex will be upgraded.

The projected cost for Phase 2 of the NBHS Replacement project is $226,800,000.

The Agricultural Science Facility, which has been an integral part of the district’s Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, will also be addressed by this bond. Plans are underway to upgrade and replace the existing agricultural facility.

The proposed renovations to the 21-acre site are projected to incur a cost of $2,500,000.

Ensuring safety and security are of the utmost importance at NBISD. We are committed to implementing districtwide projects to upgrade security measures.

Intruder-resistant glass will be placed in strategic locations across the district. Security enhancements are planned for the construction of vestibules at Lone Star Early Childhood Center, Seele, Lamar, Walnut Springs, and County Line elementaries. The hardening of exterior gates and fencing for Veramendi, Seele, County Line, Lamar, Voss Farm, Walnut Springs, and Klein Road elementaries.

Radios for a single emergency communication system districtwide will be purchased. Additionally, upgrades to classroom door hardware, the Raptor software for lockdown procedures, and the installation of additional card readers contribute to a safer learning environment.

Select exterior door replacements are slated for Oak Run Middle School, DAEP, Lone Star, Lamar, Carl Schurz, Seele, Walnut Springs, and County Line. Intercom replacements also are contemplated at a majority of the campuses.

The comprehensive safety measures also include the replacement of fire alarms at Carl Schurz, Lone Star Early Childhood Center, and ORMS.

The estimated cost for these projects is $4,400,000

The proposed installation of new sun shades and playground equipment for Carl Schurz and Seele elementaries are also included in Proposition A.

The projected cost for these improvements is estimated to be $500,000. However, it is important to note that the implementation of these projects is contingent upon future district recommendations.

One key aspect of fine arts projects equips NBISD students with new band instruments to replace aging instruments at New Braunfels High School, Oak Run Middle School, and New Braunfels Middle School and to replace the New Braunfels High School band trailer.

These projects are projected to cost $1,500,000.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and districtwide automation integration projects to include automated controls and remote access are planned for Memorial, County Line, Walnut Springs, Lone Star, Lamar, Seele, Carl Schurz, and Support Services. These upgrades are important to ensure efficiency of our heating and cooling systems and to so that the facilities team can access these systems remotely in the event of an emergency.

Roofing upgrades are being implemented at the Administration Center, Oak Run, Walnut Springs, Lamar, and Carl Schurz, ensuring the structural integrity of these facilities for years to come.

LED lighting replacements district wide are also included in the proposition. Interior refresh projects, like gym flooring and carpet replacements and renovations to front office areas, are planned for various locations, including DAEP, Oak Run, Lamar, Seele, and Carl Schurz. Window replacements at Carl Schurz, Lamar, Seele, and Lone Star are needed and planned for as well.

Infrastructure improvements to sidewalks and parking lots are planned at Oak Run, New Braunfels Middle School, and Voss Farms. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades are projected for Carl Schurz, Seele, Lamar, and Lone Star.

These projects are expected to cost $23,800,000.

To replace the aging fleet of buses, NBISD is proposing to purchase five new air-conditioned buses per year over the course of the next five years (a total of 25 buses).

The average cost for these buses is $120,000, meaning that five per year will total $600,000.

The total projected cost of this project is $3,000,000.

The bond issuance process totals $500,000. These costs include various fees associated with legal, underwriting, and administrative aspects which are all essential components of the bond issuance process.

In addition to bond issuance costs, project management expenses, the cost of administering bond program construction, are projected to be about $4,500,000. This includes expenditures related to the oversight, coordination, and the execution of the projects associated with the bond proceeds. This cost allows us to bring construction management costs in house which is more cost effective than hiring outside firms for this purpose.

The total projected cost is $5,000,000

Prop A Total Projected Cost: $267,500,000
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A stadium for Long Creek High School will be built and will include 7,000 seats with the ability to add more seating later. The stadium will be used daily by many different student groups including athletics, fine arts and other student organizations.

It will feature a press box; 8-lane competition track; field event access; concession; restrooms; storage space; and lighting.

The home side of the stadium will include 4,000 seats while the visiting side will have 3,000. 

The stadium is projected to cost $40 million.

The contemplated bond projects at Unicorn Stadium at New Braunfels High School include replacing the turf, upgrades to the current press box, upgraded lighting and an updated sound system for the video board.  The stadium will be used daily by many different student groups including athletics, fine arts and other student organizations.

These projects are expected to cost $2,500,000

Prop B Total Projected Cost: $42,500,000
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A continuation of our comprehensive plan to replace iPads for our one-to-one learning initiative.

Refreshing staff computers is key to having the technology and tools necessary in the classroom. This is also a continuation of our comprehensive hardware refresh plan.

Upgrading and replacing the network hardware is important so students and staff are able to securely connect to the internet while also ensuring our students remain safe online.

Prop C Total Projected Cost: $3,000,000

NBISD BOND 2024 Video: Watch this 3 minute video to learn how the bond will impact NBISD.
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Based on the recommendations of the NBISD 2024 Bond Committee, the NBISD Board of Trustees on February 12, 2024 approved an order calling for a $313,000,000 bond election to be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 to address the needs of the district. If approved by voters, this bond will not increase the tax rate for NBISD constituents.

Propositions in Detail

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Total Projected Cost:
$267,500,000

New Braunfels High School Replacement Phase 2

Phase 2 of the New Braunfels High School replacement project represents a continuation of the Phase 1 projects approved by the voters in 2021 to renovate, upgrade and update the facilities for the NBHS students. In 2024, NBHS turned 60 years old.

The focal point of this phase is the construction of general education classrooms situated in the extended curved wing of the building. Additionally, Phase 2 will include the replacement of the athletic field house within the same curved wing.

A Screenshot of what NBHS could look like from the outside if Prop. A Passes
NBHS Site Plan as of 3-26-24

The current library will be transformed into the new Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) space and a new outdoor obstacle course will be built. This rebuild of NBHS will also include all new facilities for fine arts and athletics. The fine arts department projects include a new auditorium, choir room, dance studio, band halls, and art rooms.

The new athletics facilities in Phase 2 include a new main gym, auxiliary gym, locker rooms, training room, and weight room. Additionally, the softball complex will be upgraded.

The projected cost for Phase 2 of the NBHS Replacement project is $226,800,000.

Agricultural Science Facility Upgrades

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The Agricultural Science Facility, which has been an integral part of the district’s Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, will also be addressed by this bond. Plans are underway to upgrade and replace the existing agricultural facility.

The proposed renovations to the 21-acre site are projected to incur a cost of $2,500,000.

School Safety and Security Projects

Ensuring safety and security are of the utmost importance at NBISD. We are committed to implementing districtwide projects to upgrade security measures.

Intruder-resistant glass will be placed in strategic locations across the district. Security enhancements are planned for the construction of vestibules at Lone Star Early Childhood Center, Seele, Lamar, Walnut Springs, and County Line elementaries. The hardening of exterior gates and fencing for Veramendi, Seele, County Line, Lamar, Voss Farm, Walnut Springs, and Klein Road elementaries.

Radios for a single emergency communication system districtwide will be purchased. Additionally, upgrades to classroom door hardware, the Raptor software for lockdown procedures, and the installation of additional card readers contribute to a safer learning environment.

Select exterior door replacements are slated for Oak Run Middle School, DAEP, Lone Star, Lamar, Carl Schurz, Seele, Walnut Springs, and County Line. Intercom replacements also are contemplated at a majority of the campuses.

The comprehensive safety measures also include the replacement of fire alarms at Carl Schurz, Lone Star Early Childhood Center, and ORMS.

The estimated cost for these projects is $4,400,000.

Playground Equipment & Sun Shades

The proposed installation of new sun shades and playground equipment for Carl Schurz and Seele elementaries are also included in Proposition A.

The projected cost for these improvements is estimated to be $500,000. However, it is important to note that the implementation of these projects is contingent upon future district recommendations.

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Fine Arts/Band Equipment

One key aspect of fine arts projects equips NBISD students with new band instruments to replace aging instruments at New Braunfels High School, Oak Run Middle School, and New Braunfels Middle School and to replace the New Braunfels High School band trailer .

These projects are projected to cost $1,500,000.

Major Maintenance Projects

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and districtwide automation integration projects to include automated controls and remote access are planned for Memorial, County Line, Walnut Springs, Lone Star, Lamar, Seele, Carl Schurz, and Support Services. These upgrades are important to ensure efficiency of our heating and cooling systems and to so that the facilities team can access these systems remotely in the event of an emergency.

Roofing upgrades are being implemented at the Administration Center, Oak Run, Walnut Springs, Lamar, and Carl Schurz, ensuring the structural integrity of these facilities for years to come.

LED lighting replacements district wide are also included in the proposition. Interior refresh projects, like gym flooring and carpet replacements and renovations to front office areas, are planned for various locations, including DAEP, Oak Run, Lamar, Seele, and Carl Schurz. Window replacements at Carl Schurz, Lamar, Seele, and Lone Star are needed and planned for as well.

Infrastructure improvements to sidewalks and parking lots are planned at Oak Run, New Braunfels Middle School, and Voss Farms. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades are projected for Carl Schurz, Seele, Lamar, and Lone Star.

These projects are expected to cost $23,800,000.

Bus Replacement

To replace the aging fleet of buses, NBISD is proposing to purchase five new air-conditioned buses per year over the course of the next five years (a total of 25 buses).

The average cost for these buses is $120,000, meaning that five per year will total $600,000.

The total projected cost of this project is $3,000,000.

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Administrative & Project Management Fees

The bond issuance process totals $500,000. These costs include various fees associated with legal, underwriting, and administrative aspects which are all essential components of the bond issuance process.

In addition to bond issuance costs, project management expenses, the cost of administering bond program construction, are projected to be about $4,500,000. This includes expenditures related to the oversight, coordination, and the execution of the projects associated with the bond proceeds. This cost allows us to bring construction management costs in house which is more cost effective than hiring outside firms for this purpose.

The total projected cost is $5,000,000.

NBISD Bond 2024 Prop B Icon

Total Projected Cost:
$42,500,000

Long Creek High School Stadium

A stadium for Long Creek High School will be built and will include 7,000 seats with the ability to add more seating later. The stadium will be used daily by many different student groups including athletics, fine arts and other student organizations.

It will feature a press box; 8-lane competition track; field event access; concession; restrooms; storage space; and lighting. The home side of the stadium will include 4,000 seats while the visiting side will have 3,000.

Voters did not pass a similar proposition in the 2021 Bond Program, with a vote of 46% in favor and 54% against.

The stadium is projected to cost $40 million.

New Braunfels High School Stadium Upgrades

The contemplated bond projects at Unicorn Stadium at New Braunfels High School include replacing the turf, upgrades to the current press box, upgraded lighting and an updated sound system for the video board. The stadium will be used daily by many different student groups including athletics, fine arts and other student organizations.

These projects are expected to cost $2,500,000.

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Total Projected Cost:
$3,000,000

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Student Device Refresh for 1:1 learning
A continuation of our comprehensive plan to replace devices for our one-to-one learning initiative.

Staff Hardware Refresh
Refreshing staff computers is key to having the technology and tools necessary in the classroom. This is also a continuation of our comprehensive hardware refresh plan.

Network Hardware Refresh
Upgrading and replacing the network hardware is important so students and staff are able to securely connect to the internet while also ensuring our students remain safe online.

PROJECT LIST

 Project Cost Proposition Student Usage
Field Events$50,000.00Prop AAthletics
Maintenance Projects Contingency Funds$55,690.00Prop ASchool Buildings
School Safety and Security Contingency Funds$77,250.00Prop ASafety, School Buildings
Radios for Single Emergency System$90,000.00Prop ASafety
Intruder-resistant Glass$172,000.00Prop ASafety
Replacing Band Trailer$200,000.00Prop ABand, Fine Arts
Raptor Software for Lockdowns$275,000.00Prop ASafety
Build 4 Tennis Courts$300,000.00Prop AAthletics
Renovate Spring Sports Facility$300,000.00Prop AAthletics
Classroom Door Hardware$330,000.00Prop ASafety
Additional Card Readers$355,000.00Prop ASafety
Playground Equipment & Sun Shades$500,000.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Hardening of Exterior Gates/Fencing$505,000.00Prop ASafety
Replacement of Fire Alarm Systems$535,000.00Prop ASafety
Replacement of Intercom Systems$609,000.00Prop ASafety
Replacement of Select Exterior Doors$623,000.00Prop ASafety
Install Entry Vestibules$828,750.00Prop ASafety
Rebuild Main Parking Lot$900,000.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Interior Refresh Projects$935,000.00Prop AAcademics
Sidewalks & Parking Lot Additions$950,000.00Prop ASchool Buildings
New Parking Lot$1,000,000.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Artificial Turf for Practice Field$1,100,000.00Prop AAthletics
Instrument Replacement$1,300,000.00Prop ABand, Fine Arts
Window Replacement for Energy Efficiency$1,540,800.00Prop ASchool Buildings
LED Lighting Projects$1,672,000.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Demolish Field House & Existing HS Main Building$1,697,280.00Prop AAcademics, Athletics
Softball Complex Upgrades$2,000,000.00Prop AAthletics
Agricultural Science Facility Upgrades$2,500,000.00Prop ACTE
New Braunfels High School Stadium Upgrades$2,500,000.00Prop BBand, Athletics, Fine Arts
Renovate Library for JROTC$2,532,000.00Prop ACTE
Bus Replacement$3,000,000.00Prop ABand, Athletics, Fine Arts, CTE, Academics
Student Device, Staff Hardware, Network Hardware Refresh$3,000,000.00Prop CBand, Athletics, Fine Arts, CTE, Academics
Outdoor Sports Locker Room$4,500,000.00Prop AAthletics
Administrative & Project Management Fees$5,000,000.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Upgrades$5,725,000.00Prop ASchool Buildings
HVAC & Districtwide Automation Integration$5,956,000.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Roofing$6,965,510.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Phasing Costs$7,448,764.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment & Technology (6% of cost)$12,722,912.00Prop AAcademics
Project Contingency (8% of total construction)$14,527,604.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Fees, Permits & Soft Costs (9% of total construction)$16,311,425.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Project Escalation$24,814,015.00Prop ASchool Buildings
Long Creek High School Stadium$40,000,000.00Prop BBand, Athletics, Fine Arts
Rebuild Academic/Field House Wing$54,846,000.00Prop AAcademics, Athletics
Rebuild High School Athletics/Fine Arts$81,750,000.00Prop AAthletics, Fine Arts
 Project Cost Proposition Student Usage

*Propositions are preliminary and subject to change. The amounts of projects are based on preliminary cost estimates from district consultants and are subject to change.

Impact to overall tax rate

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Taxpayers see one school district tax rate on their property tax bill. However, that one tax rate is made up of two components: the district’s Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate and the Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate. If approved by the voters, the 2024 Bond will result in ZERO tax rate increase. Growth in the tax base will allow the district to build the projects in the bond proposal without any increase to the tax rate, which is the only part of your taxes that the district controls. However, voters will see “THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.” on their 2024 Bond ballots, which is statutorily-mandated ballot language for all school district bonds, regardless of whether there is an actual increase to the tax rate

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UNDERSTANDING THE BALLOT LANGUAGE

A new state law requires all school district bond referendum ballots to be printed with “THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.” While this is legally required language, the NBISD bond referendum WILL NOT increase your property tax rate.

Proposition A
“THE ISSUANCE OF $267,500,000 OF BONDS BY THE NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE COMPLETION OF THE NEW BRAUNFELS HIGH SCHOOL REPLACEMENT PROJECT AND DISTRICT-WIDE IMPROVEMENTS, THE PURCHASE OF THE NECESSARY SITES FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES, THE PURCHASE OF NEW SCHOOL BUSES, AND THE PURCHASE OR RETROFITTING OF BUSES AND VEHICLES AND THE LEVYING OF A TAX TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS AND THE COST OF ANY CREDIT AGREEMENTS. THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.”

Proposition B
“THE ISSUANCE OF $42,500,000 OF BONDS BY THE NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR DISTRICT STADIUMS INCLUDING RENOVATIONS TO UNICORN STADIUM AND A NEW LONG CREEK HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM, AND THE LEVYING OF A TAX TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS AND THE COST OF ANY CREDIT AGREEMENTS. THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.”

Proposition C
“THE ISSUANCE OF $3,000,000 OF BONDS BY THE NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND THE LEVYING OF A TAX TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS AND THE COST OF ANY CREDIT AGREEMENTS. THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.”

Limit on School Taxes for Senior Citizens

School property taxes are frozen for homeowners who are disabled or are 65 years or older and have a homestead exemption.

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Bond 2024 Presentation: Watch this detailed presentation over the bond and how it will impact NBISD
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IN-PERSON MEETINGS

DATE: APR. 16th
NEW BRAUNFELS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Time: 6:00pm

DATE: APR. 17th
LONE STAR ECC
Time: 6:00pm (disponible en Español)

DATE: APR. 18th
OAK RUN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Time: 6:00pm

Voter Information

Bond 2024 for NBISD will be listed on the May 4th, 2024 ballot. This section provides informative voter information.

Key Dates

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Voter Registration Deadline

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Early Voting Window

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Voting Locations

You must vote in the county in which you reside. However, in both Comal and Guadalupe counties, you can vote early — and on Election Day — at any voting site in the county. Please visit the Comal County and Guadalupe County elections website for final early voting and election day locations, dates, and times:

Voter ID Requirements

Under Texas law, voters who possess one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID must present that ID at the polls when voting in person. Voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven approved forms of photo ID may fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID) at the polls and present an alternative form of ID, such as a utility bill, bank statement, government check, or a voter registration certificate.

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

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FAQ

Why does the ballot language say “THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.”?2024-03-19T08:27:52-06:00

Although approval of NBISD ’24 Bond will not increase New Braunfels ISD’S tax rate, state law requires that the statement “THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE” must appear as part of all public school district bond propositions pursuant to Section 45.003 (Texas Education Code) regardless of whether passage of the proposition would result in a tax rate increase, a tax rate decrease, or not impact the tax rate at all. Passage of NBISD ’24 Bond would not increase New Braunfels ISD’s I&S tax rate.

 

The issuance of new bonds represents a new obligation for voters to consider – essentially providing permission for New Braunfels ISD to continue to levy the interest and sinking (I&S) tax rate in order to repay the new bonds. School districts repay bonds through revenue generated from the I&S portion of the property tax rate. New Braunfels ISD’s current I&S tax rate is $0.3408 per $100 of property value.

Can the actual amount of property taxes that a property owner has to pay go up or down in a given year even if the tax rate stays the same?2024-03-18T07:52:32-06:00

Yes, in any year, if the taxable appraised value of a property increases or decreases from the previous year, then the actual amount of taxes due on a property would increase or decrease that year, even if the tax rate stays the same. The taxable appraised value of a property is NOT related to or impacted by a bond proposition or the property tax rate. Under Texas law, the amount of property taxes due each year is based on two primary factors – the property tax rate and the taxable appraised value. The property tax rate is set by a taxing entity, such as New Braunfels ISD. The appraised value is determined by a separate entity called an appraisal district. In New Braunfels ISD’s area, it’s the Comal Appraisal District and the Guadalupe Appraisal District. The taxable appraised value is the appraised value of a property after any eligible exemptions are applied to the property. NBISD ’24 Bond would not increase New Braunfels ISD’s debt service tax rate (I&S tax rate), so without a change in property tax rate, the primary factor that could change how much tax is due on a property compared to a previous year is whether the taxable appraised value changes (which is determined by the Comal Appraisal District and the Guadalupe Appraisal District; not New Braunfels ISD) .

How does school funding work in Texas?2024-04-26T10:11:07-06:00

Texas school districts are funded by three major sources: Federal, State, and Local. Two factors drive school finance in Texas: enrollment, and local property values. A school district tax rate has two distinct components which added together make up the annual school tax rate:

Maintenance and Operations (M&O) funds are used to fund the day-to-day operations of a school district, including teacher and staff salaries; utilities; student services and curriculum; professional development; and facility maintenance and management.

Interest and Sinking (I&S) funds are generated from the sale of voter-approved bonds. These funds are restricted for use only for projects such as the construction of new facilities; additions and renovations to existing facilities; safety and security projects; and purchase of capital expense items such as buses and large technology expenses.

School property taxes are set by an annual M&O plus I&S tax rate approved by the district’s Board of Trustees.

How does the state determine how much funding a district receives?2024-04-26T10:14:29-06:00

A school district receives funding from the state based on two major components: enrollment, and local property values. Property taxes paid by homeowners and businesses make up the majority of revenue for local public schools. Texas school districts receive funding from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) based primarily on student attendance. State revenue makes up the difference between total revenue earned and local tax revenue. Your local school district is funded using a formula that is set in statute and based on number of students enrolled, student demographics, attendance, and the school’s participation in special programs.

Who determines my property value?2024-04-26T10:10:37-06:00

Property values are determined annually by local appraisal districts. School districts have no control over and do not set local property values.

What is a bond?2024-02-28T12:43:48-06:00

A bond is similar to a home mortgage. It is a contract to repay borrowed money with an interest rate over time. A school district sells bonds to competing lenders to raise funds for construction, renovations, and equipment costs. The district does not receive funding from the state for the construction of new school buildings or facility improvements.

How can bond money be used?2024-02-28T12:46:40-06:00

Bond money may be used for new schools and facilities, expansion and renovations of existing facilities, furniture, technology, equipment, buses, and new school sites.

How is bond money restricted?2024-02-28T12:47:50-06:00

Bond money can only be used for capital improvements and related costs. It may not be used for employee salaries, utilities, or other operating expenses.

When was the last NBISD Bond, and what was the outcome?2024-02-28T12:48:30-06:00

New Braunfels ISD voters passed a $327.9 million bond referendum on November 2, 2021. A majority of the bond funding is being utilized to convert the Ninth Grade Center into Long Creek High School and build Phase 1 of the NBHS Replacement campus.

Why did NBISD order another Bond?2024-02-28T12:49:14-06:00

The recommendations to call a bond came from the Bond Planning Committee (FPC), composed of 64 diverse community members, employees, and parents. The BPC met in the Fall of 2023 and made their recommendation to the Board of Trustees in December 2023.

Would this bond proposal impact taxes paid by homeowners age 65 and older?2024-02-28T12:50:06-06:00

No. The property taxes of those 65 and older with a “65 and Older Homestead Exemption” would not be affected. Taxes of those receiving 65 and older homestead exemption are frozen at their present rate for as long as they own and occupy their home.

When can we expect Phase 1 and Phase 2 of NBHS to be complete?2024-02-28T12:50:54-06:00

Phase 1 of NBHS, funded under the 2021 Bond program, is projected to be completed in the fall of 2025, and Phase 2 is projected to be finished in the Fall of 2027.

Did the school district seek community input before identifying the requested bond projects?2024-02-28T12:52:07-06:00

Yes. The NBISD Bond Planning Committee comprised more than 60 community members, employees, and parents. The committee members self-nominated themselves to serve on the volunteer committee, which met five times in the Fall of 2023.

What safety features will the schools have due to the 2024 Bond?2024-02-28T12:52:34-06:00

The funding for School Safety and Security will include the installation of Intruder-resistant glass and entry vestibules; hardening of exterior gates and fencing; purchase of Raptor software for lockdowns; radios for the single emergency system; classroom door hardware; additional card readers; replacement of select exterior doors, fires alarms, and intercom systems.

Will the School Resource Officers (SROs) and/or their equipment be included in the bond package, or how will you pay for them?2024-02-28T12:53:14-06:00

No. The SRO’s salaries and their equipment will be paid for through the NBISD General Fund. NBISD has contracted with the City of New Braunfels Police Department for eight (8) SROs to be housed at each of NBISD’s four (4) secondary campuses with the remaining four rotating to all of the elementary schools. NBISD will pay 75% of the cost, with the City of New Braunfels covering the remaining 25%.

Will NBISD continue to have a Ninth Grade Center after the opening of Long Creek High School?2024-02-28T12:54:09-06:00

No. The Ninth Grade Center model in NBISD will cease with the opening of Long Creek High School. With two high schools in operation, there will be adequate space on both NBHS and LCHS to house grades 9th-12th on their campuses. Please note that when LCHS opens in the Fall of 2024, the campus will only house 9th- 10th-grade students and add an older grade each year until Fall 2026, when they will have their first class of 12th graders.

Why is there a separate proposition for the Stadium Projects at LCHS and NBHS?2024-02-28T12:55:04-06:00

A school district must have a separate proposition on the ballot for a special purchase project, such as a stadium with a seating capacity for more than 1,000 spectators. The new LCHS stadium and the current Unicorn Stadium qualify under this new requirement.

Why does LCHS need its own stadium on site?2024-02-28T12:55:38-06:00

With the addition of LCHS as a four-year comprehensive high school, they will also have several varsity sports teams, sub-varsity sports teams, a marching band, a dance team, and cheer teams that will require a stadium to serve as their outdoor classroom, competition space, and performance space. The other alternatives not recommended by the BPC were to host all of these teams’ competitions at Unicorn Stadium and rebrand it to a district stadium or build a new central stadium.

Why does the 2024 Bond include funding for both transportation and technology needs?2024-02-28T12:56:21-06:00

The decision was made to move these expenses into the bond to be paid with short-term bonds. Once the bonds are sold for these expenses, the repayment period will be five years for technology purchases and 10 years for transportation-related items. This will allow NBISD to repay the debt quicker and with less interest than traditional long-term bonds.

Will voters be able to receive information and ask questions about the bond issue before the election?2024-02-28T12:57:46-06:00

Yes. The majority of the information about the bond can be found on this website: www.nbisdbond24.org. NBISD will also host community forums to allow the taxpayers to hear about the proposed bond projects and ask questions.

Who is eligible to vote in this election?2024-02-28T12:58:21-06:00

Any registered voter residing within the school district boundaries can vote in the bond election.

Can I still register to vote in the election?2024-02-28T12:58:53-06:00

The deadline for voter registration is April 4, 2024. If you are not registered to vote by this deadline, you are not eligible to vote in this election. You can get a voter registration application online by clicking here. You must be a resident of NBISD to vote in the bond election.

If I have any additional questions, whom may I contact at NBISD?2024-02-28T12:59:50-06:00

For more information, call (830) 643-5700 or email info@nbisd.org.

Has NBISD continued experiencing growth?2024-02-28T13:00:24-06:00

Yes. Growth has been steady in NBISD over the past few years, and for the first time, NBISD is bringing forward a bond program that does not include building a new school to address growth.

If the bond is passed, will the amount I pay in taxes to NBISD be affected?2024-02-28T13:01:09-06:00

There is not a tax rate increase with this bond program. This means that NBISD will not increase the Interest & Sinking (I&S) Debt Service rate based on our current ability to borrow. Please note that if the appraisal value of your home increases based on the county’s determination, any increase in taxes will be based on the appraised value, not the tax rate, which will not change based on this bond program. Also, the Homestead Exemption was recently increased to $100,000.

Why is NBHS being replaced?2024-02-28T13:01:56-06:00

After 60 years of various additions and renovations to the campus, the decision was made to replace New Braunfels High School in two phases over two bond programs. Phase 1 is being funded under the 2021 Bond program and is building about ⅓ of the campus replacement. Since the replacement is on-site, the construction must take place in phases to allow the campus to continue to operate.

How many students will attend NBHS and LCHS in the near future?2024-02-28T13:02:54-06:00

The enrollment projections for both campuses below are based on splitting the high school populations between NBHS and LCHS. The initial split will begin in Fall 2024, and each year after that, until 2026, another grade level will be added at LCHS.

2024-25 School Year
NBHS 2,000-2,100 (9th-12th grade)
LCHS 800-900 (9th-10th grade)

2025-26 School Year
NBHS 1,600-1,700 (9th-12th grade)
LCHS 1,300-1,400 (10th-11th grade)

2026-27 School Year
NBHS 1,300-1,400 (9th-12th grade)
LCHS 1,700-1,800 (9th-12th grade)

Will the attendance zones change for any schools with the passage of this bond election?2024-02-28T13:03:55-06:00

The high school and middle school attendance zones will not change. The boundary line for the feeder patterns has been determined to be IH-35, with all schools on the east zoned to LCHS and those on the west zoned to NBHS.

Will the newly purchased buses have air conditioning?2024-02-28T13:06:52-06:00

The Board of Trustees voted in 2021 to only buy air-conditioned buses moving forward.

When will LCHS have varsity team sports?2024-02-28T13:06:22-06:00

They are projected to have varsity sports for the 2026-2027 school year. From 2024- 2026, Long Creek has been classified as a Class 4A school and will compete at the 4A level in individual athletics. LCHS varsity team sports won’t be classified in a UIL district until the next realignment cycle, which is set for 2026.

If a new stadium is being built for LCHS, where will the students and athletes practice and compete during construction?2024-02-28T13:07:53-06:00

The plan is to host any athletic events played in a stadium at New Braunfels Middle School until the construction of the new stadium is completed. We anticipate the stadium will be completed during the spring semester of the 2025-2026 school year.

How big will the LCHS stadium be compared to Unicorn Stadium?2024-02-28T13:08:23-06:00

The initial design and plan for the stadium at LCHS include 7,000 seats – 4,000 on the home side and 3,000 on the visitor’s side. The stadium will be designed to be expanded in the future to accommodate more seating.

What will the student capacity be for NBHS and LCHS after the expansion projects funded by the 2021 and 2024 Bond programs?2024-02-28T13:09:02-06:00

Each high school is being designed for a 2,200-student capacity.

What campuses will be receiving a new HVAC under the 2024 Bond?2024-02-28T13:10:14-06:00

Memorial, County Line, Walnut Springs, Lone Star, Lamar, Seele, Carl Schurz, and Support Services

Funds are allotted for a NBHS Band Trailer in the 2024 Bond. What about LCHS?2024-02-28T13:11:16-06:00

LCHS has already received funds for their band trailer in the 2021 Bond and this trailer has already been designed and will be ready for the 2024-25 school year.

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