After canceling its 2020 bond election due to the coronavirus pandemic, Comal ISD has begun planning a 2021 bond that will go before voters in November.

Members of the planning committee, known as the Comal Forward Committee, began meeting in the fall to discuss preliminary projects to be incorporated in the bond.

The bond will include up to four propositions aimed at building new campuses, maintaining and updating existing facilities, investing in technology and constructing a multiuse event center within the district, according to Executive Director of Communications Steve Stanford.

“The 2020 bond was a starting point,” Stanford said. “The needs that existed then have not changed.”

Committee members carried many projects in the 2020 bond into plans for the 2021 bond, Stanford said, while also allocating more funding for technology, facility maintenance and land acquisition to keep pace with the district’s rapid growth.

In total, the 2020 bond was planned to include four propositions and cost a total of $397.7 million, whereas the 2021 bond is estimated to total $453 million, though an exact figure will not be available until August when the board of trustees officially calls the election, Stanford said.

New Braunfels ISD has also announced plans to hold a November bond election and is currently accepting applications for the bond planning committee.

The 2021 bond would focus primarily on providing funding to complete the district’s second high school, building an elementary school in the Veramendi development and updating existing facilities, according to Superintendent Randy Moczygemba.

“It's impossible to take an older building and make it look completely new, but there'll be some renovations going on,” Moczygemba said in a Dec. 10 parent Zoom conference. “We need to look at new furniture and stuff, and we want to make sure that kids on both [high school] campuses have the same opportunities.”

As the district grows, Moczygemba shared a total of six new campuses will be added in the next 20 years, including four new elementary schools, one new middle school and a third high school.

Planning for the 2021 bond will begin in the spring, Moczygemba said.