Voters will decide the fate of Alice ISD's proposed $20,790,000 bond in May.
Alice school board members voted in favor of proposing the bond at a meeting Thursday night.
The proposed bond was presented to the school board by AISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Scarbrough, who explained how the money would be used and reasons behind the proposed changes.
What happens if the bond passes?
If passed by voters in the May 4th election, the bond means major changes will occur to the nine operating campuses in AISD including the closure of Memorial Intermediate, Salazar Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary. Dubose Intermediate will be repurposed into an elementary campus.
The proposal presented to the board means that Schallert, Saenz, Noonan and Dubose campuses would be expanded to hold students from pre-k through fifth grade; William Adams Middle School will house students from sixth through eighth grade, and Alice High School will continue to have students in grades ninth through 12th.
The proposed work would begin this fall with a completion date of June 2021, according to Dr. Scarbrough. Work includes adding additional classrooms to Schallert, Noonan, Saenz and Dubose.
Schallert, Noonan and Saenz elementary would get gym's added for students to have a place during the winter season and rainy months.
In order for WAMS to hold the extra grade at the campus, the plan proposes to add an extra 16 classrooms, which could be on one floor or two floors. Also in the proposal is the repair of portions of the Alice High School roof and the renovation of the school's parking lots.
If the proposal passes, school boundaries will be modified to determine which of the four elementary campuses students will attend based on residency.
One of the main reason for the consolidation and reconfiguration for Alice ISD is the drop in enrollment over the last several years.
According to Dr. Scarbrough, in November 2018. there were 4,940 students in the district, but when it was recalculated in February there was 4,876. The peak of students enrollment at the district was during the 2012-13 school year with 5,479 students.
Dr. Scarbrough ensures that the school district tax rate of $1.33 will not be raised with the proposal of this bond. This is only possible because the district will pay off a bond in August.
What happens if voters do not pass the bond?
According to Dr. Scarbrough, if voters do not pass the bond their school taxes would drop by seven cents.
If the bond does not pass in May the district will have another chance at the proposal, but not until 2028 when the district pays off more debt.
A presentation by representatives from Estrada Hinojosa described the district's current debt and tax rate. They answered questions for the board.
Dr. Scarbrough plans to have public meetings to discuss the bond proposal.