Planning is underway in preparation for a November Comal ISD bond election.

The board of trustees had originally planned to bring a $397.7 million bond to voters during the May 2020 election before canceling the election due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In preparation for the upcoming 2021 bond, many of the projects included in the previous package have been carried into the four propositions in the new package, according to Superintendent Andrew Kim.

Proposition A will include funding for two new elementary schools, one new middle school, land acquisition for future campuses, capital projects and buses.

Rapid population growth within the district is a primary driving force behind the focus on funding new campuses and purchasing additional land, Kim said during a May 20 board meeting.

By 2025, the board anticipates the district will grow to include up to 24 elementary schools, up from the current 18 elementary schools.

Proposition B is expected to include funding for campus improvements, as well as a multiuse agricultural pavilion that is part of the district’s plan to construct a multiuse events facility.

Funding for the remainder of the event center will be presented to voters in Proposition C.

Proposition D will consist of funding for teacher and student technology upgrades, including new teacher laptops and the replacement of equipment that has reached the end of its life cycle.

If the district were to keep its current $0.35 interest and sinking tax rate, Kim said the district has a bond capacity of $550 million. The current proposed bond has a sum of more than $468 million, excluding the multiuse event center, which is still in the planning stage.

The board will hear a report on district demographics and growth patterns during a June 10 workshop and will be required to officially call a bond election by Aug. 16.