The New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees has called a bond election for $313,000,000 during a regular meeting that was held on Monday, Feb. 12. Election day will be May 4, 2024.
There will be no tax rate increase for constituents if the bond is approved.
The bond election is based on the recommendations of the Bond Planning Committee and district administration. The Bond Planning Committee formed in 2023 with nearly 80 community members, business owners, parents and non-parents. The committee met five times between September 20 and November 15 before presenting their recommendations to the board in December.
The proposed bond package includes student safety and security projects at every campus, including intruder-resistant glass and new exterior and interior security layers. It also includes exterior gates, fire alarm systems, renovations at existing school and district buildings, maintenance projects such as roof repairs and new shade structures for playgrounds, upgraded facilities and equipment for fine arts education.
On the ballot, it is required by law to be split into propositions. NBISD will have three propositions on the ballot this May: Proposition A – Facilities, Proposition B – Stadiums, and Proposition C – Technology.
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Proposed projects for this proposition are estimated to cost $267,500,000. Among items proposed in Prop A are phase 2 of the New Braunfels High School replacement project. It also includes agricultural science facility upgrades; school safety and security projects at every campus; playground equipment and sun shades; fine arts and band equipment; major maintenance projects; and bus replacements.
Long Creek High School is set to open this fall, and NBISD has proposed a stadium that will be utilized by many different student groups including athletics, fine arts and other student organizations. There also will be some funds to make upgrades at Unicorn Stadium including turf replacement and upgrades to the press box, lighting and sound system. These projects are estimated to cost $42.500,000.
Proposition C consists of the continuation of the district’s comprehensive plan to refresh student iPads, staff hardware and network hardware. The proposed projects are expected to cost $3,000,000.
There are two components to the district tax rate: the maintenance and operations side helps pay for day-to-day expenses and compensation. The other portion is called the interest and sinking funds. Based on NBISD’s calculations, no tax rate increase would result from the three bond propositions, if approved by voters.
The voter registration deadline will be April 4, 2024 for the May bond election. Early voting will start on April 22, 2024 and election day is scheduled for May 4, 2024. To cast a ballot in the NBISD bond election, voters are required to reside within the district’s boundaries. To see if you are registered to vote, please visit: votetexas.gov.
For more information, please visit the NBISD Bond 2024 webpage and follow NBISD social media pages. For questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.