Round Rock ISD’s board of trustees will hold a workshop on a yet-to-be-determined date to decide how to move forward after the district’s $572.09 million bond package was rejected by voters May 6, board president Diane Cox said Thursday.
All three propositions in RRISD’s bond election package failed during the election. The propositions included funding for a slew of proposed projects, including a new $150 million high school on Pearson Ranch Road in Austin and $22 million that would go toward the construction of an indoor aquatic center, which was proposed to be developed in partnership with the city of Round Rock.
District trustees heard comments Thursday from several bond opponents who asked them to heed the message from voters who turned down the bond propositions. During the lead-up to the election, bond opponents criticized the cost of the bond package and district officials’ estimate of how much the bonds would increase annual taxpayer bills.
Patrick McGuinness of the Round Rock Parents and Taxpayers Association, which campaigned against the bond, urged trustees to “take ownership” of the failed election and move the district’s leadership in a new direction for any future bond planning. He also asked the board to investigate the district administration’s methods of providing public information on the bond proposals prior to the election, which he said looked more to him like an improper “get out the vote” operation.
“I said it election night and I’ll say it again: The bonds failed because they deserved to fail,” he told trustees Thursday.
RRISD Superintendent Steve Flores said parents and community members should stay engaged as trustees decide how to move forward. Flores said district officials plan to issue a survey and hold “community dialogue opportunities.”
“It is time to come together because we are one family,” Flores said.