Majority of School Bond 2018 to benefit existing schools

Responding to the need for maintenance of existing facilities, additional learning space, and safety and security upgrades, the NISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously (7-0) Tuesday night to place a $848.9 million bond issue on the May 5 ballot.

The call for the Bond election follows an extensive study and consideration by the 250-member District-wide 2018 Citizens’ Bond Committee.

The majority of the monies requested (65 percent) would go to improve existing schools, although there are four new schools in the proposal including the next new high school.  More than half of NISD’s schools are over 25 years old, the oldest nearly 70 years old.

The Citizens’ Bond Committee comprised of hundreds of parents, senior citizens, students, business representatives, taxpayers, teachers, and other staff met for seven weeks in the fall to discuss the needs of a growing district as well as initiatives to upgrade NISD’s aging schools. The Committee endorsed the recommendation to call for an election.

In addition to addressing aging schools, other highlights of the bond include building bullet-resistant security lobbies at 44 elementary schools, adding and improving campus technology, replacing air conditioning and heating infrastructure, providing shade structures on all elementary campus playgrounds, and the addition of a new magnet school program on the Marshall High School campus.

The major elements of the proposal are:

New Schools $ 280,300,000
Renovations/Reconstruction/Upgrades $ 329,460,000
Infrastructure $ 85,200,000
Roofing/Waterproofing $ 20,450,000
Safety & Security $ 34,700,000
Technology $ 73,800,000
Transportation $ 15,000,000
Bond Issuance & Management $ 10,000,000
TOTAL $ 848,910,000

A more detailed proposal will be posted to

Northside’s last bond issue was in 2014 and was overwhelmingly approved by voters.