HISD School Board Looks At $1.89 Billion Bond Proposal

The second of two public workshops to discuss a proposed HISD bond proposal is set for Thursday afternoon. A possible bond referendum would address the rebuilding or renovation of 42 schools across Houston.

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education must decide by August 9th whether to seek approval of the $1.89 billion bond proposal from voters during the November 6th election. HISD's Jason Spencer says $225 million in recommended projects would benefit students at all 279 schools in the district, but the proposed bond package focuses heavily on the city's high schools.

"We would be completely replacing eight high schools. That includes Yates, Booker T. Washington, Lee High School, Furr High School and (the) High School for the Performing and Visual Arts."

Four elementary schools would be converted into K-through-8 campuses. Two middle schools and five elementary schools would be replaced. The workshop is an opportunity for the board to ask questions about how the money would be spent, how the schools were chosen and other details, such as keeping property taxes manageable.

"We asked the folks at Rice University and the University of Houston to conduct a poll of potential HISD voters on their appetite for a bond referendum of this size, and the results were encouraging. We saw that potential voters who were in favor of a proposal like this outnumber those opposed by about 20 percentage points. And that's without having heard any of the specifics of the plan."

There's no public input at this workshop, but it's open to the public at the Hattie Mae White Education Support Center on West 18th Street.

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