Stories to look out for in 2019: Eanes ISD residents likely to vote on proposed $85 million school bond

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Big items on the proposed May 4 bond include a new Westlake High School robotics facility expansion and a multipurpose facility that would accommodate the wrestling team.

An aquatics facility could consist of a 25-yard competition pool with a springboard for diving, locker rooms, showers and spectator seating. The new multipurpose facility could have capacity for two full-size wrestling mats and have a restroom. The robotics facility expansion could consist of a two-story construction project that would add two classrooms and a robotics competition practice area. It could also free up about two and-a-half classrooms and a cafeteria at Westlake High School.

Other bond items include general maintenance; enhanced security with added fencing, cameras and more; energy-conserving items, such as LED lighting and solar panels; renovations at various campuses; upgrades, such as new uniforms for athletics; better curtains, lighting and more for performing arts; replacing current portable classrooms with new learning studios; and more.

When items from all 2019 bond categories are totaled, the estimated cost is just over $100 million. Staff recommended a maximum asking price of $85 million, but also provided models reflecting the budget for a $65 million bond. Some board members said they supported staying on the conservative side, while others felt the $85 million was needed to fund improvements that should not wait.

Further discussion on the official asking price and how it will affect a potential 2023 bond will occur at the Jan. 15 meeting. Trustees are expected to call a bond election Jan. 29.

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Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She has been covering the Lake Travis/Westlake area for Community Impact since February 2018.
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