Jarrell ISD voters to see $113.37 million bond on May ballot

Jarrell ISD voters will see a $113.37 million bond on the May ballot. (Courtesy Jarrell ISD)
Jarrell ISD voters will see a $113.37 million bond on the May ballot. (Courtesy Jarrell ISD)

Jarrell ISD voters will see a $113.37 million bond on the May ballot. (Courtesy Jarrell ISD)

Jarrell ISD called a $113.37 million bond in February that will appear on the May 1 ballot.

The bond is split in to two propositions. The first, Proposition A, totals $111.625 million and would allow for the construction of a new elementary school, expansion of both the middle and high schools, and purchase of land for future sites, among others. It would address nine different projects.

The second, Proposition B, totals $1.745 million and would focus on the expansion and improvements of the district stadium. This would be broken down into four different projects.

“Based on the latest demographic projections from Templeton Demographics, the district is expected to grow by nearly 400 students before the start of next school year and an additional 500 students the following fall,” according to the district website. "Due to this rapid growth, Igo Elementary is expected to be over capacity next school year and Jarrell Elementary in the 2022-23 school year.”

Projections also indicate that in the next five years, Jarrell ISD is projected to exceed 4,500 students, officials said.

If approved by taxpayers, the bond will not increase the school district tax rate due to rapid growth in the community, paying off precious bonds early and refinancing for better rates, district officials said.

Approximately 4,179 Georgetown voters are in the JISD school district and will see the bond on their May ballot.

Early voting runs April 19-27 without Sunday voting. Election day is May 1. Early voting locations can be found here.

Below is a breakdown of each proposition:

Proposition A, totaling $111,625,000, would allow for:

  • construction of a new elementary school;

  • expansion of both the middle school and high school;

  • expansion of the district transportation facility;

  • technology infrastructure upgrades;

  • safety and security, including security cameras, access control and exterior lighting throughout the district;

  • buses;

  • land for future school sites and design for future facilities;

  • athletic improvements at the high school to include baseball and softball turf, covered batting cages, tennis court lighting and four additional tennis courts; and

  • renovations to preserve the 1916 historic building for district use, such as teacher training, professional development, community education and community meeting space.

Proposition B, in the amount of $1,745,000, would allow for expansion and improvements to the stadium that would include:

  • additional 995 seats in the visitor seating area;

  • added visitor restrooms;

  • sidewalks for access to seating and restrooms; and

  • improvements for accessibility and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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