The Alvin ISD board of trustees approved a $245 million bond referendum for the Nov. 3 ballot at a special workshop Aug. 18. The bond package features 13 projects, including the construction of five new campuses, according to district officials.

The bond would fund the construction of three new elementary schools, a junior high and a new campus for Alvin Elementary School. AISD is projected to add more than 5,000 students in the next five years, according to David Becker, a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee that put together the bond package.

Other bond projects include Phase 2 of the Career and Technical Education Center, a new central district stadium and upgrades to Memorial Stadium and the Alvin High School auditorium. The package also includes funding for the acquisition of land for a fourth district high school and an additional elementary school.

The projects included in the bond package total about $285 million. However, roughly $40 million of the cost would come from the district’s maintenance and operations fund and previously authorized bond funds, officials said.

“Alvin ISD has a track record of being fiscally conservative, which has enabled our board to contribute $28 million from our maintenance and operations funding sources toward the completion of the 13 identified projects,” Board President Cheryl Harris said. “Additionally, careful management of previous construction projects has enabled us to allocate $12.6 million of funds authorized from previous bond elections toward the completion of the proposed projects.”

District officials said the bond would have a maximum tax increase of 8.3 cents per $100 of valuation. In order to vote, residents must be registered in Brazoria County and live within AISD zoning prior to Oct. 5.