Round Rock ISD board calls $508M bond election for November

UPDATE 2:32 p.m., Aug. 23: The Round Rock Chamber board of directors voted to endorse Round Rock ISD's $508 million bond proposal, per a news release today.

"RRISD is a key component in our economic-generation mission, and we must ensure that they are able to address their capital needs in a thoughtful and strategic manner,” said Round Rock Chamber President and CEO Mike Odom in today's news release.

Original post: Round Rock ISD voters will consider a school district bond proposition totaling $508 million on the November ballot.

The board of trustees unanimously voted 7-0 to call the Nov. 6 bond election at a specially-called meeting Aug. 20. The bond items include growth projects, districtwide projects and capital renewal and replacement projects.

"There are some things that we didn’t get in here that I think were very important for some people but we have to go forward, it cannot wait," Trustee Chad Chadwell said Monday evening.

The bond proposal would not require a property tax rate increase for Round Rock ISD residents, district officials said Monday evening.

As presented Monday evening, projects include $15 million for land, master plan design and the first phase of construction for a new 500-student Early College High School building; roughly $50 million for the next phase of the McNeil High School project; $47 million for the next phase of the Westwood High School project; $50 million to rebuild C.D. Fulkes Middle School; $48 million for a new elementary school in northeast Round Rock; $16 million for an indoor pool facility; $500,000 for shovel-ready designs of a sixth high school in addition to remaining funds from the 2014 bond; and other projects.

The full list of projects can be found here.

A Citizens Bond Committee, or CBC, recommended a November bond election in April and provided the district with a list of identified needs in August. The board used that list to determine the projects to move forward to the November ballot.

The district’s last bond election was in May 2017 and totaled $572.1 million. None of the three propositions passed. The 2017 bond proposals included funds for a sixth high school, 35th elementary school, outdoor athletic facility and indoor aquatic center as well as upgrades and renovations to several campuses.A Citizens Bond Committee, or CBC, recommended a November bond election in April and provided the district with a list of identified needs in August. The board used that list to determine the projects to move forward to the November ballot.
By Kirby Killough
Kirby Killough joined Community Impact after working in broadcast news. She is currently the editor for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition of Community Impact.


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